MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Antique machines compete in tractor pull at Hallsville Heritage Days

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 3:54 p.m. CDT

HALLSVILLE – Greg Buckman’s 1956 John Deere 420, outdated for farming, purred as it pulled a weight down a dirt track under a beating June sun. 

Buckman's was just one of the tractors competing in the antiques group of the tractor pull competition June 21 at the Hallsville Fairgrounds as part of Hallsville Heritage Days.

“Most of these tractors retired from daily work,” Buckman, the chairman for the day's events, said. “We only get out to play with them in the tractor pull.”

In tractor pulling, the machines pull a sled attached to their backs. The goal is to pull the sled the farthest distance down the track without exceeding the event's speed limit. The farther the tractor travels, the more weight is transferred from the back of the sled to the front, making it more difficult for the tractor to pull.

Tractors compete in different classes according to their power and total weight. Saturday's tractors were split into two categories: antique tractors from 1960 or earlier pulled first, and vintage tractors pulled later in the evening. Buckman said the antiques were not allowed to exceed four miles per hour in their event.

Along with his duties as coordinator, Buckman brought along five tractors of his own to participate in both categories.

He said he likes to pull a tractor as other people like to run or golf. “It’s a hobby that clung in our business: farming.”

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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