1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Super Pedal Pullers
Since the first contest just a few years ago, pedal power tractor pulling competiĄtions have caught on all over the country. There's already 11 state pedal power assoĄciations and the number is growing fast.
Harry Benjamin, Great Falls, Mont., got caught up in the excitement of pedal pulling a year or so ago. After looking at the crudely built toy tractors many of the competitors were using, he decided to design and build his own "super pullers". He wanted a tracĄtor engineered with the right weight, balance, traction, strength and gearing so that even a small child would be able to pull a lot of weight. He also wanted to build them strong enough so they would stand up to adult abuse.
Harry built two versions of his powerful pedal pullers - a 4-WD mini Versatile that hinges in the center for steering and has duals all the way around, and a 2-WD Deere replica with dual wheels on the rear. Both
have easy-to-shift transmissions with low and high gears.
In one of the first exhibitions of the tracĄtors at the 1989 Nebraska State Fair, Benjamin challenged a 16-hp. garden tractor to a pull. The pedal tractor and the engine-driven tractor were hooked back-to-back and Benjamin's pedal puller won. He was able to pull the garden tractor backward.
Benjamin's tractors make use of a special high torque, right angle gearbox that was designed specifically for use on pedal pullers. It's machined to fit pedal arms. Small car differentials, found at salvage yards and cut down to the proper width, serve as drive axles.
A limited number of tractors are avail-able for sale and Benjamin also sells detailed, illustrated plans for the tractors and for a special built weight sled. Pedals, pedal arms, gearboxes, and other components are also available.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry J. Benjamin & Sons, Inc., 105 Smelter Ave., Great Falls, Mont. 59404 (ph 406 727-6677).
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