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Posted May 20, 2013 - 11:23 AM

This could have been VERY bad.

I shot this at the Twin Bridges tractor show a few weeks back and didn't have time to edit and post it to youtube till now.

There's a second or so missing as I started to put the camera down as everyone reacted to what was happening.


The think the guy in the overalls was the Dad and it's a good thing he stayed with the tractor as the spotter for the puller operator wasn't watching at all.

This Panzer was obviously set up for pulling and should have had wheelie bars installed.  I bet it will before he runs it again....




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Posted May 20, 2013 - 11:26 AM

Wow! That was one heck of a close call! Glad that everyone is ok

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Glad that came out well!! When we were Hill Climbing Motorcycles a Dead Man Switch was required. Simple tether to the wrist to short the magneto out. I wonder if that should not be a requirement at least in Youth Classes??

Along with the Wheelie Bars it would go a long ways..

Edited by JD DANNELS, May 20, 2013 - 12:05 PM.

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 02:09 PM

That was a close call Glad someone was paying attention and everyone was ok



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Posted May 20, 2013 - 02:15 PM

A lot of weight in the back of a Panzer with that heavy duty rear end. I'm surprised they don't require wheelie bars on that class but maybe a Panzer is a lot more tractor than what typically pulls there. 

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 02:43 PM

Our organization has gone from being very casual to nailing down a lot of requirements.

 - max hitch point of 13" - that tractor appeared to be hitched higher than that

 - wearing an approved motor-cycle or ATV helmet

 - wheelie bars


Good thing no one was hurt this time.  I think this is a good example of why pulling clubs have rules.

Edited by motobreeder, May 20, 2013 - 02:45 PM.

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 02:48 PM

All our local pulls require wheelie bars, dead man switch on tractor in case of break away and under 16 yrs old wear helments. That kid was lucky. The father should've known too when letting that clutch back out like he did it could wheelie.

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 02:55 PM

A Gravely forum that I visit teases me that I have the last Gravely rollbar in captivity!!   :hitting_self_roller:


I think I will keep it!!




Lots wrong in that video, but, nothing I did not do as a youth. I taught my daughters to drive a 50cc ATV when they were each 3 years old, it had an exhaust restricter that only allowed it to go about 5MPH max. They crashed into everything in the yard, trees, shrubs, etc... No one got hurt, and they learned to respect the equipment. Helmets, gloves, padding, they looked like the Michelin Man!!   :D


So, there is a little positive there, but, it could have been MUCH safer.

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