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Went on a tractor ride!

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07-24-2004 08:03:50

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I took my 960 on my first tractor ride yesterday. The reds and the greens all took off at full speed, and eventually I was over a mile behind when we got to river country. My question is...Am I out of line thinking this was a little rude? I'm unsure of the etiquette in this situation, but I'm not going on another one, if I'm reduced to trying to follow tracks in the gravel to find my way. (the other two Fords, a Select O Speed and the Jubilee with overdrive were able to keep up)

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Geo in SD

07-24-2004 20:12:43

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  
When our club has it's tractor ride, they have a pace vehicle out in front to set the pace at 10 mph, and to post guard at intersections and such. They also have flashing lights for caution. Safety is number one.

We set out in groups of five and space the groups at about a 1/4 mile interval.
Sounds like your club should take some lessons in safety and courtesy. A few instances like that will give the game a bad name.

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07-24-2004 20:09:09

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  
Thanks for the responses...I was hoping there was someone on this site who had actually been on a few rides. This was the first ride organized by this particular group, also, so I was curious what is standard for bigger events. Is the route usually marked? About half of the tractors got lost on the way to the park at the far end. I did arrive at the half-way break before the ones that got lost, but for a while I _was_ following tracks in the gravel to know which way to turn.(As I think about it, I may have been able to keep up with the Olivers...they started behind me andthey showed up at the same time as some of the ones that went astray, so I don't know what their speed was.)

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07-24-2004 20:38:56

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 Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 20:09:09  
The ride you were on must have been a rather un organized event. I also live in Iowa. Our family has been on all 5 WMT rides and we are getting ready to leave for Spencer for the start of the 3rd KGLO ride. We normally go on about 8-10 rides a year. We were on a ride today in the Dysart - Vinton area. On June 11th, I was in charge of a 57 mile tractor ride in the Charles City - Nashua area. This was our first year and we had 100 tractors with scattered rain. We had 4 speed groups, 10-11 mph, 12-14 mph, 15-20 mph and 20+ mph. After a drivers meeting to explain the rules the first group (10-11 mph) left at 8:30 am. Then each half hour the next group left. Each group had a lead tractor and a tail tractor. There was no passing except if someone pulled over or had a break down. We also provided each driver of a map of the route and we had arrow markers at each turn. This is how it is done on the good rides and there are many of them across Iowa each summer. Like they always say "Its a ride not a race". Tractor rides are a lot of fun but we all need to be carefull. All it will take is for someone to get into a serious accident or get killed on one of these rides and they will all be over. In the planning stages for the Charles City ride we visited with the sherrifs in the 2 counties and the police chiefs in all the towns that had police. They were all very helpfull and appreciated the contact. We are planning on having the ride in Charles city again next summer. If you would like an application when they are available send me an email and I will put you on the list.

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Larry in VA

07-23-2005 06:07:01

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 Re: Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Oliver66, 07-24-2004 20:38:56  
I would like to start a tractor ride in Va. Have been watching RFD TV and reading your posts here. Is there a "checklist" of things that should be done for planning and during the ride? Any help would be appreciated

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07-24-2004 18:07:50

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  
Many set a "speed limit",upper and lower for long rides and a pace tractor sets the pace.Usually between 8-10(for OLD iron)to 15 or so for more modern rigs.This is established before ride so participants know if their say,F14 is gonna be OK,or have to tear its guts out trying to keep up.It's a "ride",not a race.Also more easy to calculate travel time etc.Ie:If your headed to a destination 30 mi away,thats 3hrs at 10mph....

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07-24-2004 15:24:35

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  

Don't give up on tractor rides. They can be a lot of fun. Try and get in one that has different speeds. My brothers and I have been doing it for 3 years and we have a ball.

Since you live in Iowa, quite a few sponsored rides are held each year. Radio stations WHO and WMT have 2 of the biggest rides.

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Larry NCKS

07-24-2004 10:17:20

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  
I guess it depends on what you want the tractor for. If you wanted one to go on a ride, you should have checked out the road speed on them before buying. The Ford 5 speed is notoriously slow on the road. I don't consider it rude of the others to go at their pace, since it sounds as though you're the only one that didn't keep up.

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07-24-2004 13:16:53

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 Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Larry NCKS, 07-24-2004 10:17:20  
If that is the case, the slowest tractor should be in the front of the pack to set the pace.

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07-24-2004 18:16:35

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 Re: Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Fred, 07-24-2004 13:16:53  
Why should the other guys and gals have to slow down for one other person, or any other person? To me THAT seems rude, childish, and egotistical! If a person can't keep up, why should eveyone else have a miserable time following him or waiting on him? Contrary to what a person may think about himself, or what his mother may have told him when he was a child, the world does not revolve around him. You won't always be the fastest, prettiest, strongest, richest, quickest, or tallest. So what? Deal with it.

Seems like the dumbing-down of America and political correctness is even making it's way to the farm now. That is a very sad thing :-(

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07-25-2004 19:33:48

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Gil, 07-24-2004 18:16:35  
My goodness Gill, you are sounding awfully hard hearted with lots of natural man worldly advise. It is a ride man, not a race. The intent was for all to have fun. Our last arriving rider had fun too.

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07-30-2004 10:06:20

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Fred, 07-25-2004 19:33:48  
Yes Fred, I agree that the intent is to have fun. But why should everyone else's fun be compromised in order to wait for one person that cannot keep up? I just don't see the logic in it.

Hard hearted? Hardly, but I do have conservative values, and I believe that a person should carry his own weight. And I do NOT believe in lowering standards to the lowest individual, however, I DO believe in bringing the lowest individual up to the standard. This philosophy is applicable in all aspects of life, even tractor rides.

So tell me why it is ok to make everyone else on the ride miserable by having them wait up for, or slow down for, or even stop for an individual that cannot keep up? The world does not revolve around a single person.


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07-30-2004 18:18:32

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to Gil, 07-30-2004 10:06:20  
Maybe it's just the way the old tractors were designed. I know that my Farmall BN is a slow poke, but nobody ever gets distraught with it.

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07-24-2004 09:43:51

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 Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to MikeIA, 07-24-2004 08:03:50  

While they are out joy riding, at least your tractor could be doing something with the torque it has. :) :) Road gear is totally useless in my Red & O-Green tractors, but the 960 I use that gear a lot around the farm.


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07-24-2004 15:40:49

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 Re: Re: Went on a tractor ride! in reply to paul, 07-24-2004 09:43:51  

Have never been involved in a tractor ride. But it would seem rather rude to have the faster fellows run off like that. I agree,slower tractors should be in front.


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