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Tractor Pulling Discussion Forum

Florida pulls

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01-26-2014 17:16:54

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Hi all, as a Florida puller I"ve looked forward to all the great folks from the Midwest that came to the Pulls in Inverness and Ocala. Over the last several years I"ve seen the numbers really dwindle. This last Fri and Sat I knew we were in trouble when I saw that Brian Lively and Rob Bell weren"t here. Is it the economy, the weather, or poor organization on the promoters part. I have no connection in either pull I"m just curious. Thanks in advance for any responses. Fred

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Bryan Lively

01-27-2014 08:49:19

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Fredsjdb, 01-26-2014 17:16:54  
Fred I had planned on coming down for the weekend but a snag or two in my plans Friday kept me back at the office; I had the van packed but ran out of time. I would have liked to have been there.

Weather is biting us pretty hard right now. I can't remember in my life when we've had multiple dips below zero in one winter in Kentucky, and we're starting into our second one. I have other thoughts but I don't think anyone wants to see a novel out of me right now. I will say to end this is that I enjoy the pulls in Florida and hope to get back down there soon.

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Dave Thompson jr

01-27-2014 17:20:55

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Bryan Lively, 01-27-2014 08:49:19  
I don"t know how you drive the distance to all of those pulls. In good weather it would be a task today I got 40 miles from the house and had to turn around because the roads were closed and I was in a 4 wheel drive diesel truck. You are giving a lot of effort to make that magazine. I respect that.

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Bryan Lively

01-27-2014 17:52:27

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Dave Thompson jr, 01-27-2014 17:20:55  
Dave I do it because I enjoy the sport but most importantly the people I meet at pulls. For a good example, there's a handful of guys from both sides of the river that put as many or more miles as I do in the wintertime to make the NATPA circuit. You don't drive from New York to Lincoln, NE or from South Dakota to Corunna by accident! You gotta love the sport, the competition, and the people. That's why I'm here and why I do what I do.

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5 Star General

01-27-2014 04:09:30

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Fredsjdb, 01-26-2014 17:16:54  
I have been enjoying the Florida Pulls for several years. Gives me a good reason to get out of the cold. The price of fuel has hurt, pullers are getting older. It would be nice if they could move the Zellwood pull after the Ocala Pull since the previous date conflicts with the PA Farm Show. As for speed Ocala has a good system with the light boards at the end of the track which everyone can see, go over DQ. Always have fun pulling and visiting with fellow pullers in FL and will continue to come as long as the good Lord sees fit.

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R D Carp

01-26-2014 19:20:03

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Fredsjdb, 01-26-2014 17:16:54  
I feel that many are disappointed when they pull down here, when they have to pull against tractors that are not antiques in their class , some have down draft carbs ,some use alcohol for fuel , some have turbos , some have their hitches shortened far short of the standard 18 inches from the center of the rear axle. This has become the norm not the exception. Also many feel that weight classes should be done in 500 lb increments instead of 1000 lb. In my opinion this needs to change before an increase in northern pullers will be seen, if not changed, the decline will continue. Also have venues, Zellwood, Inverness, and Ocala happen in three consecutive weekends , that would enable many to pull three pulls in two weeks instead of two pulls in two weeks. Just my opinion R D Carp

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01-26-2014 18:19:58

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 Re: Florida pulls in reply to Fredsjdb, 01-26-2014 17:16:54  
As a first time antique puller at Inverness, the issue that I see is a very unlevel playing field. Running Super Antique @ 6 MPH and even then the horn never blew, makes it the same as the open class. Also going from 3500 to 4500 to 5500 etc the jumps are too big. how about adding a 4000# class to help the H"s 66"s 77"s etc? If we come back we will put the small tires on and run "farmstock".

Rich Peoples
Grove City PA

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