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#1 1978murray OFFLINE  

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 03:49 PM

I am looking to get into tractor pulling. I was woundering what the best tractor would be. Strongest, cheapest, loudest engine (lol), best over all

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 06:06 PM

If you go to any pull, you will see a heavy presence of Cubs. Most guys will say the drive is the best out there. At the last pull I watched, it was a belt drive Wheel Horse that was most impressive. It was a little tyke class, but there were Cubs and this one WH... He took it much further than the cubs did. Maybe weight placement, maybe a driver of above average capabilities for his age. It did very well none the less.

Edited by MH81, October 12, 2011 - 06:35 PM.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 06:26 PM

Only thing good with the cub is the shaft drive, but stock they stink! Sears, wheel horses and jacobsen/fords hydro and gear alike pull great in stock form.
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Posted October 12, 2011 - 09:59 PM

I would suggest finding the closest GT pulling club and events and going to check them out. Talk to as many pullers as you can and check out the tractors. Ask what the classes are and the rules/requirements for each class. That should get you closer to knowing what you want and those guys are often selling pulling tractors and parts. I would like to make a stock class puller out of one of my mf12's because you don't see many of them pulling and I really like the Massey's. I think it would do well in the stock class and even if it didn't it would be fun- and that's what it's all about for me.
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Posted October 13, 2011 - 04:37 AM

you will do well with the Massey, they pull incredible!
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Posted October 13, 2011 - 06:40 AM

you will do well with the Massey, they pull incredible!


As long as the VariDrive is close to perfect, otherwise, they slip some. BTW, you will loose a Hp or so to the extra belting / Varidrive, but it's all in the name of fun, I agree.
That's why I stopped pulling at any show but out local show with my MH81,the other shows had started getting filled with over-competitive, grumpy, etc people... wasn't any fun... why am I doing it?
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Posted October 13, 2011 - 07:22 AM

That's why I stopped pulling at any show but out local show with my MH81,

What's a MH81 look like. Haven't seen one of those? You got a pic?:bigrofl:
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Posted October 13, 2011 - 07:38 AM

Dude, you got a panzer right there in your hands... and it's in need of an engine. Go find out what the max allowable engine is for the 800lb and 1000lb classes where you're pulling and then find one. It may be a 10hp flathead and it shouldn't be too much of a chore to stick it right where that 7hp is right now. Check out the Panzers pulling on youtube. You'll need to master how to use the separate left/right brake, but they're smooth operators and well balanced for weight.

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 08:05 AM

I'm thinking a JD322. It has a 3cyl Yanmar gas engine. There are a few on U-tube and they sound wicked...

322 with the new cam - YouTube

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:49 AM

What's a MH81 look like. Haven't seen one of those? You got a pic?:bigrofl:


Sure, here's Dad on Mine.

http://gardentractor...hp?i=2832&c=500

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 08:59 PM

The fellow I bought my EGT200 off of has another one just like it, I thought of trying to get it for use in garden tractor pulls.
I don't know much about pulling but I've heard that these tractors do quit well in stock form.
They weigh just under 1000lbs with most of the weight right over the rear wheels and the motors make max torque at low (0) RPM.
They are very QUIET, no engine roar.
Anybody heard anything about these in tractor pulls?
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Posted October 14, 2011 - 08:51 AM

I'll have to second my own vote to build up and pull that PA Panzer. :bounce:

Now that I'd have some time to think about it, they're kind of the reason why I didn't pull GT's more as a kid. Kids like me would pop the mowing deck off the family GT (won't say what brand as to not offend) and take it over to see how it would pull. Then there would be 2 or 3 guys with the Panzers show up with just a black pipe and elbow for an exhaust. They'd do a loud wheelstand right off the line and then bring it down and still be going at a decent pace when they past the part of the track where my tractor dug in and stopped. Then they'd do another wheel stand at the end and eek out a few more feet if they didn't just reach the end of the track outright. Then the next year... kids like me just decided to leave the family GT at home and go watch. They're only common in the northeast and mid-east, so you don't find them all over.

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Posted October 17, 2011 - 07:35 PM

I like the wide frame cub cadets.Shaft driven and one of the best trans-axles ever put in a GT.The Trans-axle is the exact same thing as the ones in the Farmall Cub,with the exception to the drop axles.
And they rear pinions and axles are easily replaced and can be welded up to give you a solid true Posi rear end.I've seen 100s of Cub transaxles used in custom pulling machines including JD and MF badged machines.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 08:49 PM

I also vote for the wide frame cubs with k-series kohlers. There are several suppliers out there making almost anything you would need or want for any of the earlier cubs. Older wheel horse, and sears tractors are also good candidates. The support for them is available, but a lot harder to find. Find a local club, ask questions, get a copy of their rules.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 09:00 PM

Now I am getting interested too....




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