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Author Topic: Cletrac 20K beats out McCormick Deering 10-20  (Read 5146 times)
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« on: January 31, 2015, 09:57:24 PM »

On this Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pioneer-Settlement/169202893106052

This video was taken January 2015. It shows staff of The Pioneer Settlement in swan Hill, Victoria, Australia trying to move a log jinker with their McCormick Deering 10-20. It fails dismally so they bring out their 1927 Cletrac 20K - success!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 11:00:10 PM »

Great video! I bet the 10-20 would have pulled it if it hadn't had that ring around the wheels preventing them from biting into the ground. But the 10-20 would have struggled and would have really tore up the road. The 20K handled it with ease and hardly left a mark. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015, 10:46:03 PM »

Great video! I bet the 10-20 would have pulled it if it hadn't had that ring around the wheels preventing them from biting into the ground. But the 10-20 would have struggled and would have really tore up the road. The 20K handled it with ease and hardly left a mark. Thanks for sharing!

I'm sorry to say that, much as we all love the little Cletrac, it was our third choice; the McCormick Deering was second and Black Bess, our Fowler Z7 Ploughing engine was first - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pioneer-Settlement/169202893106052?sk=videos - but our weekend staff used up a week's worth of wood so it would have required a bit of chainsaw work - the 10-20 was quick and easier to start, as was the Cletrac!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2015, 10:53:54 PM »

Yeah, a traction engine would have handled it without working up a sweat. But the preparation for such a short task would have been a waste of time and fuel.
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 03:02:26 AM »

Well, it's not a Cletrac, but we used another one of our tractors for a similar job in the same space  - I don't think it would have pulled the Log Jinker in the first video, but these 3WD Glasgow Tractors were advertised as 'Heavy Duty'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAAka9XrLVw&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2015, 06:45:53 PM »

Great videos , thanks for sharing .
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