When you think about tractors, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably just responded, “Farms!” And we don’t blame you. Tractors are most often associated with farms thanks to all the hard work that they do on them. Without tractors, it would be infinitely more difficult for farmers to do their jobs.
However, tractors can be used for more than just taking care of farms. There are many people who have also transformed ordinary tractors into motor vehicles capable of taking part in tractor pulling events. These tractors are supercharged and packed with more power than you may have thought possible. They’re capable of pulling heavy weights behind them over great distances, and they’ve helped turn tractor pulling into one of the wildest motorsports in the entire world. Here are some things that you should know about tractor pulling.
Tractor pulling has been around for a long time.
In the U.S., the concept behind tractor pulling dates back further than the invention of the tractor, if you can believe it. Long before tractors were put into use on farms, farmers relied on equipment that was powered by horses. Oftentimes, they would brag to other farmers about how their horses were strong and far superior to the horses owned by others. This would sometimes result in farmers taking part in contests to determine who actually owned the strongest horses. They would call on their horses to pull heavy loads to prove how strong they were. This help set the stage for modern-day tractor pulling in many ways, even though the idea of tractor pulling was still a foreign concept back then since tractors hadn’t even been invented yet.
Tractor pulling looks a lot different today than it used to.
The first tractors were invented back in the late 1800s. They helped to revolutionize the farming industry by changing the way that most farmers did business. They also added a new element to the events that farmers were holding with their horses. By the late 1920s, farmers left their horses in the stables and started using tractors to put on tractor pulling events. The earliest events took place in Missouri and Ohio, and eventually, tractor pulling turned into a very popular motorsport by the 1950s and 1960s. However, it wasn’t until 1969 that tractor pulling got its first official set of rules. A group of tractor pulling participants got together to form the National Tractor Pullers Association, and they came up with a set of rules for all those who were taking part in tractor pulling events at the time. Many of those rules remain today and help govern the sport.
Tractor pulling has a set of rules that are easy to follow.
One of the things that people enjoy so much about tractor pulling is that it’s not hard to follow. Whether you’re watching a tractor pulling event in the U.S. or one in Belgium, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, or Germany (all places where tractor pulling is very popular), you’ll see pretty much the same thing happen. During a tractor pulling event, modified tractors are put onto tracks that are 35 feet wide and 330 feet long and asked to pull heavy sleds behind them. Whichever tractor is able to pull the sled the furthest wins. Tractors use raw power to pull their sleds, which makes a tractor pulling event one of the most exciting events you’ll ever see.
Tractor pulling is serious business in certain parts of the country.
At the very beginning, tractor pulling featured mostly tractors that had a single engine in them. But over time, tractor pulling has evolved quite a bit with tractors becoming more and more powerful over the years. Most of the tractors used during tractor pulling events today have several engines stuffed inside of them to make them as powerful as they can be. They also have a wide range of other high-performance parts like quick-change transfer cases and gearboxes tucked inside of them. This has helped tractor pulling earn a reputation for being one of the world’s most powerful motorsports overall.
Does the idea of using a powerful tractor to pull a heavy sled appeal to you? Then consider creating a modified tractor of your own and participating in tractor pulling events. SCS Gearbox can help you put together the perfect tractor by providing you with the best tractor pulling parts in the business. Call us at 419-483-7278 to order the parts you need to beef up your tractor.