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    Any ideas?

    Sister saw this on a day trip to the finger lakes in NY. I know the deal.. anyone else?

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    Interesting. Just to comply with their own rules huh?
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    I know that way back in the day, rubber tires were a huge step up from the old steel wheels. I wonder how these compare to the modern OEM rubber? It looks like the plates swivel like the tracks on a crawler to increase the tractor's foot print.
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    That's pretty interesting. So, the Mennonites can't use rubber tires on their tractors? Anyone know the reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Interesting. Just to comply with their own rules huh?
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    That's pretty interesting. So, the Mennonites can't use rubber tires on their tractors? Anyone know the reason?
    There are hundreds of different Mennonite and Amish communities most of which have their own "rules". These rules aren't really self imposed but to comply with their church.

    The Amish near me will not use any engine driven pieces for movement but will use a stationary engine to power an air compressor or belt system to power implements and tools in a barn. Anything that moves is horse pulled. But they won't use a stationary engine as a generator to make electricity.

    There are some, as shown in the example above, that will use powered movement but with no rubber. Some will have cars but they must be black with no chrome at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    There are some, as shown in the example above, that will use powered movement but with no rubber. Some will have cars but they must be black with no chrome at all.
    We used to call these the "Black Bumper Mennonites" when I lived in Lancaster, PA.

    I was informed that the reason the church does not allow rubber tires is to simply make it as uncomfortable as possible to drive the tractor anywhere but on soil. This helps deter using the tractor like a vehicle, which this particular group of Mennonites does not allow their members to own.

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    When we were Amish we couldn't have rubber tires. Everything had steel wheels which included our buggies. (That throws the ease of transportation out the window.) The reason for this was because in the Bible some where it says to do away with worldly goods or not to be like the world. This is why they don't or aren't supposed to have modern goods. I have asked about this many times and so far got one straight answer as to why the Amish do what they do. That answer was "it's their custom". All the other answers I got is BS as I could use the same Bible and prove them wrong. I, to this day don't understand why they do things the way they do. I've lived that life for my first 13 years and although I don't regret what it taught me, I would never want to do it again. It is a hard life but it works for them. I'm just glad I'm not one of them anymore. The Mennonites are what I call "two steps up" from the Amish and for them to do what they did to that 1023 is beyond me. The Amish can't buy that tractor in the first place and for the Mennonites to buy one and do what is done on that tractor is...crazy because they can have rubber, air filled tires for the most part. That is a sect that took part of the Mennonite ways and part of the Amish ways and made their own church to their liking. All the Mennonites in Michigan and Indiana use modern equipment for everything. There are some Amish, and I'm talking about my relatives here too, that move to other states where there are no other Amish so they can do as they please. At the same time there are some that move to other states where they are more stricter because that is what they want. I knew what was going on as soon as I saw this pic but the only thing I could think of when I was looking at it was...STUPID! Just my opinion.





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    I'm pretty sure when the church said "no rubbers" they were thinking of something else.

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