Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory

Students at Iowa State University building a from-scratch miniature tractor have pinned their hopes to a radical redesign of a critical component – but you might not notice it at first glance. Rather than build a hydraulic transmission, which is the industry standard, the Power Pullers have gambled on an electronic one in a bid … Continue reading Cyclone Power Pullers hope revamped transmission will allow their quarter-scale tractor to charge to victory

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead … Continue reading Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Power Pullers preparing for national competition with new quarter-scale tractor

By Fred Love, Communications Specialist, ISU News Service. — 6-5-2013 update:  The Cyclone Power Pullers finished 22nd out of a field of 29 during the 2013 competition. The team’s written report finished 7th out of the 29 teams in the competition and the oral presentations came in 11th place.  Team leader Alex Haight said the team ran … Continue reading Power Pullers preparing for national competition with new quarter-scale tractor

Cyclone Power Pullers say new design, utility and driveline should boost performance

AMES, Iowa – This year’s ¼-scale tractor looks a lot more like a garden tractor than a hot rod pulling tractor. There’s a nice black hood. LED headlights for the front. And a three-point hitch for the back. It’s all about selling the 31-horsepower tractor as a multi-use vehicle for home, garden or acreage. And … Continue reading Cyclone Power Pullers say new design, utility and driveline should boost performance