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    Chain in the box event at Piney Chapel

    Probably most of you know about this contest. They have a 2' by 2' "box" made out of 1" square tubing in this case anchored to the ground and the driver must pull the chain until it is all inside that box by pulling forward and backing up. It is a timed event and the fastest time with all the chain in the box wins. In this case, the chain was 20' long and each contestant started 25' feet away from the box with the chain stretched out straight behind the tractor. The chain is "attached" to the drawbar with a pull pin that has a piece of twine or small rope tied to it and in reach of the driver. When he has the chain inside the box, he pulls the twine which releases the chain and if he's in the right place over the box, hopefully it falls down inside the "box". If the entire chain doesn't end up in the box, the driver is disqualified.

    There were 5 contestants; one drove a 430 JD with a wide front end, one a 3000 Ford, one drove a Super C with a tricycle front end and 2 brothers and their mom drove an A farmall. The winner was the driver of the 3000 Ford who completed the task in 31 seconds. Second place was 1 minute 24 seconds. It was really fun to watch.

    In jest the Ford driver said that was the second time he had ever been on a tractor.
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    I've never seen that before! Very cool!
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    That would be cool to watch.
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    I've never heard of this. I want to see one of these!! Then, I might want to try my luck at doing! Would be fun!!
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    New to me also. Never seen it.
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    That's new to me too, and something I may be able to practice in my own back yard. Do they only go back and forth over the box? or can they try some other path?

    Just curious, in the back and forth method, how does one maneuver the chain with a tricycle front end? Wouldn't the front tires catch the chain often when backing up?
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    Too bad all of us are so widely separated with distance. This would be an awesome competition for us to have as a group!
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    Too bad all of us are so widely separated with distance. This would be an awesome competition for us to have as a group!
    How long would the chain need to be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    That's new to me too, and something I may be able to practice in my own back yard. Do they only go back and forth over the box? or can they try some other path?

    Just curious, in the back and forth method, how does one maneuver the chain with a tricycle front end? Wouldn't the front tires catch the chain often when backing up?
    Yes, they only go back and forth over the box, pulling or backing up each time just far enough to get the end of the chain in the box. Of course if done correctly, the chain gets "shorter" each time.

    Yes, you're right. The tricycle front ends are at a big disadvantage in this contest.
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