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Mini Tractor Pulls Great Fun For Everyone
If you’d like to be a tractor puller but the sport’s a little too pricey for your bank account, you just need to think smaller – about 10 times smaller.
  Radio-control 1/10-scale tractor and truck pullers have just as much fun, are just as competitive as big-time pullers and more than happy to share their knowledge with newcomers, says Joe Kilian, president of the National Radio Control Truck Pulling Association (NR/CTPA).
  The association got its start in the mid 1980’s when radio control enthusiasts who enjoyed tractor pulling decided to combine the two interests. There are 15 registered clubs in the U.S. and Canada.
  Just like big tractor pulls, there are several classes for trucks and tractors from “stock” to “insane”. Competitors build their own vehicles, which must meet weight limits according to class (4 to 25 lbs.)
  “It works just like a regular tractor pull,” Kilian says. “You have to balance the tractor right to left, front to back. You are so concentrated on steering that you can feel the tractor moving with the remote.”
  A miniature sled works just like the big ones, increasing weight as the tractor (or truck) pulls it down a 30-ft. dirt track. The remote has a tiny steering wheel and a trigger for speed.
  “Nitro methane engines sound like angry bees. Brushless motors with LiPo batteries sound like high-power tools. And chainsaw engines (up to 39cc) sound like someone’s cutting wood,” Kilian says.
  Despite their size and weight, the tractors pull impressive sled weights – 3-lb. models pull 13 lbs., and tractors with chainsaw engines can pull 150 to 160 lbs.
  Kilian emphasizes that people can get into the sport for about $200, or they can go all out and build a $1,200 truck for the Monster truck class.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joe Kilian, 2649 Ferndale Ave., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075 (ph 716 627-4321; rctruckpull@roadrunner.com; www.nrctpa.org).

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