Tractor Pull thrills crowds at Central District Field Days

Modified tractors doing wheelies kept the crowds entertained during the  Tractor Pull competition at the Central ...
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Modified tractors doing wheelies kept the crowds entertained during the Tractor Pull competition at the Central Districts Field Days.

Connor Moody of Power Farming must have heeded the advice from Tractor Pull NZ chairman Vaughan Coy.

His  advice was: "Aim it in the right direction and drive it like you stole it!"

Moody took out several first place finishes in the tractor pull competition held at Central Districts Field Days.

Changes that were made to the way the TPNZ sled was controlled put everyone on a level playing field.
Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ.

Changes that were made to the way the TPNZ sled was controlled put everyone on a level playing field.

"He cleaned up," Coy said.

"During the first run of Battle of the Brands, the track was perfect then the John Deere came along and dug a dirty big hole in the track.  Connor followed and went straight past it – he read the track really well.  Others who followed drove straight into it."

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Tractor Pull has been a part of Field Days for several years and is always a crowd favourite.

"The crowd along the track appeared to be four or five deep during the modifieds which are hugely popular."

Coy said the major change made this year in the way the sled was controlled, worked "perfectly".

They now use a percentage of the pulling tractor's weight which he believes is a world's first.

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Tractors were no longer grouped in weight classes or calibrated per ton and it is now a pure percentage of the pulling tractors weight.  

There is no complicated maths to work out the calibrations, just a simple percentage across the board.  A load cell reports the weight being pulled and the computer adjusts the sled to match the percentage it should be at any given distance. 

The change proved to be a game changer and put everyone on a level playing field.

"During the Business House competition, we managed to stop everyone within 80 centimetres of each other.

"I was gobsmacked when I saw the results – that was a pretty impressive result and showed it really worked well."

It takes a bit of mad driving skills to take on the TPNZ tractor pull sled which is so heavy that even the mighty All Blacks wouldn't stand a chance of pulling it.

"They wouldn't have a show," Coy said.

"They would need the entire team, reserves, the opposition team, referees, ball boys, water boys, coaches, managers and then some to even move it a little bit."

Results:

Business House

1 Cervus Equipment (John Deere)

2 Power Farming (Deutz Fahr)

3 CDFD Events team represented by event manager, Cheryl Riddell competing in her first ever competition.

Battle of the Brands 

Connor Moody (Duetz TTV6190)

Standard Class:

1 Connor Moody (Duetz TTV6190)

2 Connor Moody (Duetz Agricom 150)

3 Ian Jones (New Holland T7210)

Pre – 85 Class

1 Connor Moody (Duetz DX140)

2 Caleb Knight (Duetz DX140)

3 Roger Allen (Ford 500 2WD)

Modified:

1 Todd Fletcher on Heavy Metal

2 Roger Allen on Henry

3 Rhett Cranston on Heavy Metal

 - Stuff

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