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There was a scene in "The Straight Story" where Alvin Straight's 1966 110 broke a drive belt coming down this hill. He was able to get it stopped, but not after a wild ride. This thread from wfm shows what happens when things go wrong going downhill.

JD 212 Accident

Be careful out there.
 

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Wouldn't the brake still work if the drive belt broke?

That's a scary scenario...
 

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I have to believe the brake would still work.. unless catastrophic failure!

Bad deal....glad he's ok.
 

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I'm not sure how the drive belt and brakes work together, but one time I was going down a hill with MY 1966 110 and the drive belt started slipping and I went flying down the hill, and the brakes didn't stop me until the drive belt stopped slipping at the bottom of the hill. Thank goodness it was a very short hill. I don't go down steep hills anymore with that tractor.
 

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On a lot of these older tractors, the brakes doesn't function as good as they did new. Brake band wear, lack of adjustment, etc. contributes to poor brakes over time. Also, on some of the 200 series, the brake pedal served as the clutch pedal. Then take into account there was a trailer involved and probably panic set in, and you have the makings of an accident on a steep hill. On "The Straight Story", the 110 was pulling a rather large trailer that Alvin made into his sleeper at night, and that trailer was pushing the 110 down the hill at an alarming rate. All one can do is ride it out and pray for the best.
 

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Not just the band, I've had the hub itself break on a 74-112, the spokes cracked! ~~ Lowell
 
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