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The manager at the Canadian vintage tractor museum in westlock AB. wants to do things for the younger generations. There is a pull sled there already but the owner preferred that it wasn't used if he wasnt the one operating it (it had been abused in the past) so I decided to build one that is overbuilt and hopefully can't be wrecked.... after all it's just kids on a pedal tractor.... what harm can they do...!?
And when it's complete I will donate it to the museum so that they can use it at will.
I decided to share the details here because I could not find much detailed info online. So i looked at a bunch of pics and threw something together. Please copy if you like and build one for your kids/grand kids/nieces/ nephews or whoever. Kids love it and hey we need young tractor drivers!

It's a bit of a work in progress and still have a few small things to do before it's complete.
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I designed a chain latching mechanism so when the pull is done one can push the brass knob down and let the weight box slide back which allows the springs to tilt the skid shoe back and lift on the wheels. Makes it easier for the sled operator to roll the sled back to the start position.
I used a sprocket cut in half and welded to a lever. It engages with the chain and pushes into the window cut in the square tubing via a spring.
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That's pretty sweet. Is there a slip mechanism for the chain drive if a really torque'ee kid gets the weight box to the end?

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Ok, I have to ask. Between your rat rod and the pull sled how do you have time to fix the farm equipment. Or does your equipment not break?. Very cool though, I wish I had the time to do projects like this. Want some cows? Also, when do they have their fair? I always hear about it after the fact.

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Naw... once the weight box is at the front and all the weight is on the skid i think the drive wheels will just slide without much torque on the axle... before i donate it to the museum i will get my neices to test it out!
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Ok, I have to ask. Between your rat rod and the pull sled how do you have time to fix the farm equipment. Or does your equipment not break?[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.thecombineforum.com/forums/images/smilies/red-neck-laughing-smiley-emoticon.gif[/IMG]. Very cool though, I wish I had the time to do projects like this. Want some cows?[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.thecombineforum.com/forums/images/smilies/tongue.gif[/IMG] Also, when do they have their fair? I always hear about it after the fact.

Ha.. the excess snow in the field prevents us from using said equipment hence it's not breaking at the moment.... and no I don't do good with the whole slimey baby calf thing... we grain farm!

I'm not sure when the town fair is (I can find out if you like) but the Westlock Vintage Tractor and Machinery show is the first weekend in June. I hope to see the sled im building get a good workout there. And my rat rod will be there too.

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Local Junior Farmers Group have one. Kids to adults use it. Their weight box is pulled up by a cable winding up, with not slip clutch. It needs a heavier cable or someway to slip. Even the kids can break the cable when it tops out.
I'd be surprised if your chain would break. Definitely give it a good hard try first.
Wouldn't want to bust the transmission first time out and ruin the fun.
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Awesome! My wife's grandpa built a bunch of pedal pull tractors and sleds. I remember them when I was little. Broke the chain on one and didn't get to ride them anymore. He sold the business years ago. Has a couple tractors around my kids love to play with when we visit.

He is 86? now and building a carousel in Shelby. The carousel he purchased and fixed it all up very nicely. Then built a building to put it in. The only truly public 24hr restroom in Shelby now. It will be in mid May or so after the grand opening.

Great story, thanks for sharing. I love seeing these types of things happening for communities. We need more social events to keep things real in these days of internet everything.

Hope the picture shows, a bit blury. He really likes this horse and doesn't let people ride it. Local volunteers and inmates at the local prison did the painting. Some inmates are very talented.

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Did a bit more on the sled... .... there's still soooo much snow outside... I think I'm low on vitamin D....20180408_210754_1523249096299.jpg

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Installed a rear handle to reset after the pull... with an easy latch to hold the handle up.
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Also added a bit of a grab rail and a latch to hold the chain disengaged for moving the sled around.20180408_210857_1523249275427.jpg
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My kids love pedalling those pull tractors at the fair ! I remember the first time my wife sent me a video of them doing it ! Great job !

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Finished the project!20180410_120812_1523416371945.jpg20180410_120743_1523416393974.jpg20180410_120724_1523416417569.jpg

Next is an old johndeere pedal tractor model D65. It came from my grandmother's farm. Guess I should have taken b4 pics... it had a hard life as is typical with them. Missing steering wheel and pedal crank, bent axle bent and rusted rims. It's getting a full heavy duty upsize shafts and sealed ball bearings... stay tuned! 🙂


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