Pulling tractors is a heavy proposition


Minneapolis Moline Z

Hannah Chelton, Reporter

A couple years ago, I started antique tractor pulling. This is where people pull their old tractors attached to a weight transfer sled. The farther the tractor goes down the track, the heavier the weight gets on the sled. At some point the tractor will lose power and not be able to pull it any farther. Then the pull is over, and the distance the sled was moved is recorded. Then the next puller is up for their turn. At the end of the class, whoever pulled the farthest distance gets first place and so on down the line.

The classes are determined by the combined total of weight between the individual operating the tractor, any weights added, and the tractor itself. The lightest class starts at 2,000 lbs., and increases by 500 lbs. increments. The heaviest classes is 12,000 lbs. When you get there, you go to the scales to determine the weight, then you register for the class you pull in, and then you wait. You have to wait for the class you’re pulling in to come up, and then you line up in the corresponding order that is written on a board that tells you what number you are in line.

I pull a Minneapolis Moline Z that was my cousins tractor. I have been to many pulls since I have started, but this year all of them were cancelled due to the fairs not happening. I have done well at the pulls, usually placing in the top half of the class. My first time pulling I received second place, and at other pulls I got third. Then last year at Wattsburg fair my brother and I both received first place in our pulling classes. This is my favorite memory by far in my time of pulling tractors.