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    Proof that weight overrides horsepower and traction (hot Deere tractor inside)

    Saw this posted on another forum I visit. I kind of like this - shows that old school weight and gearing is still king vs. horsepower and traction.

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    It's kind of interesting how quickly we loose sight of this kind of stuff. I guy local to me has a Deere 655 (circa late 1980s) up for sale and I was surprised that it's only a 16HP machine. Then I got to poking around and found that the 955 was only 33 HP. That's only 1HP more than my 2032R but a significantly larger machine. I see small local farms using 955's for running balers but wouldn't even consider trying it with my tractor.
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    And thinking back to the old model 'A' and 'B' - they were 24-36 horsepower.

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    The green machine had more than one thing going against him. Those steam engines were "HEAVY" and that shows up here. Notice that the steam engine did not even spin a wheel. Secondly, those steam engines, while maybe they did not have much horsepower, they more than made up for in torque, which is what really moves a load. Another factor here, if you noticed, was that the tow bar was hitched much higher on the steam engine, which causes the green machine to actually lift under load, whereas the steam machine is being "pushed down" under load, thereby having greater traction. It did not appear that the green machine was using 4WD, which may no longer be working after the what appears to be an engine transplant. However, I doubt it would have made any difference here as the steam engine was just "playing" with him.

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    This thread spun me into the YouTube rabbit hole. Here's a similar one from the opposite end of the spectrum...



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    Cool!

    I'd agree that the height of the tow bar on the steamer certainly put the green machine at more of a disadvantage than if the attachment points were both level, that's for sure. I bet the steamer is a HEAVY machine! Probably could give a Monster truck a good struggle!


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    OK Bubber, I'm awake now! Love the sound of that little tractor's V8!!
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    Looks like the steam rig is pulling a really expensive rototiller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddinham View Post
    The green machine had more than one thing going against him. Dave
    Yes, the biggest advantages the steam engine has is the fact it weighs 3-4 times as much as the little green tractor. Plus it's steam engine makes maximum torque at zero to 1 RPM.
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