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SAFETY MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL EDGE&TA EVENTS EDGE&TA Branch Safety Officers, EDGE&TA Safety Officers, and EDGE&TA Insurance Adviser are authorized to shut down anyone for unsafe operation.

Anyone exhibiting or participating at any EDGE&TA event MUST be a member of an EDGE&TA branch. No set of requirements, regulations or cautions can prevent a disaster. We must, however, take these safety requirements seriously. Our individual awareness and adherence to both required and desired requirements will greatly increase the safety of our exhibitors and the public who attend our events.

No Alcohol to be Served or Consumed at Any EDGE&TA Event.

Show Ground in General

  • Required:

    1. Fire extinguishers distributed around the show grounds and have Fire Department Equipment in attendance if possible. If Fire Department equipment is not available at least notify the local Fire Department of the event and ask for there help.
    2. Have Persons with First Aid skills and CPR training in attendance if possible.
    3. Fuel Spill Contamination clean up kit, consisting of cat litter, shovel and container with lid for contaminated soils or cat litter.
    4. Designated loading/unloading area for all equipment. If possible have a loading/unloading ramp for large tractors and equipment. Be sure that what ever means of loading/unloading used is safe.
    5. Designated parking area for exhibitors’ vehicles and equipment should be separate from the Public parking area.

    Revised: September 1, 2009

  • Establishing requirements for the aspect of our activities is nearly impossible, yet this is where some of the greatest danger lies in terms of injury to our friends and ourselves. Extreme caution is urged. Take nothing for granted. A few requirements are listed below:

    1. Only forklift owners or their authorized operators shall operate forklifts.  All forklift operators must be members.
    2. The forklift operator is the boss! Follow his instructions.
    3. The owner of the equipment shall assist the forklift operator in loading/unloading and moving or placing his equipment.
    4. If a forklift is rented, all operators should acquaint themselves with the operation of the forklift before loading and unloading anything.
    5. A third person shall accompany the forklift, keeping the public at a safe distance from the moving equipment.
    6. Be sure equipment is securely on the forklift before moving it. Stay well away from the forks and to the side of the lift at all times.
    7. Always keep the carried load as close to the ground as possible.
    8. Look in the direction of movement to make sure the area is clear.
    9. Do nothing that would require the forklift operator to stop suddenly.
    10. Concentrate on the job being accomplished.
    11. The operator or EDGE&TA is not responsible for anything that might be dropped or broken while loading, unloading or moving any exhibitor equipment.
    12. Always drive slowly.  It may take a little longer but you want to move your load safely.

    Revised: September 2009

  • Take Time To Be Safe:
    Saving a few minutes is not worth the chance of losing a life time. Don’t be too busy to be safe. Help teach that attitude to others.

    Teach Children About Farm Safety:
    When young people become mature enough to help around the farm, it’s vital that they receive thorough instructions – including safety instructions. Teach children safety early and often.

    Just Say “NO” To Riders:
    Children often plead for rides on equipment. It’s tempting to say “yes” just so you can enjoy extra time with them. But don’t do it – it’s simply too dangerous.

    Teach Safety By Good Example:
    Actions do speak louder than words. Children notice when adults don’t follow the Safety Warnings they give. Set a good example by always following safe work practices.

    Take A Break…In Fact, Take Several!!
    A high percentage of farm accidents occur after 5 p.m. Stress grows from long hours and pushing to finish a job. Fatigue overtakes you before you realize it. Just a few minutes of rest now and again make a big difference in safety and productivity.

    When You Work, Keep Others Informed:
    Let someone else know where you’re working, what you are doing, and when you’ll likely return – just in case you do have an accident. A lot of farmers and ranchers are alive today because they were found soon enough to get help. (Can’t forget the city folks either.)

    Make Sure Your Equipment Is Operating Properly:
    Before you take equipment to the field (or operate at a show) inspect each machine thoroughly. Look for loose or broken parts, check safety shields, guards, reflectors, warning signs, and transport locks. You will be safer and improve performance.

    Read the Operator’s Manual. Then Read it Again, Carefully:
    You know how to start the engine or how to hook up so.. Why read the Manual? Because, in addition to helping you operate more efficiently, the manual is the single best source of Safety Precautions. Study it. Keep it handy. Encourage all operators to read and understand the manual.

    Shut it Off….Before You Get Off.
    Always disengage the power. Shut off the engine, and remove the key before you work on any part of a machine. When others are working with you, take time to make sure everyone is clear and in view before you restart the machine.

    Maintain An Alert Safety Attitude:
    Experienced operators think they know everything there is to know about safety. Sometimes they do – yet – they try to by-pass safety procedures. Inexperienced operators also think they know all about safety – and take dangerous short cuts. But no one’s strong enough to stop a tractor during a rollover. No one’s reflexes are quicker than a P.T.O. Farming safety requires constant awareness of what could happen.

    Safety Pays:
    Safety is too important and expensive to learn by accident. Consider the impact of injury on your farming or ranching operations. (In our case, club events.) Safety – live with it.

    Safety Is EVERYONE’S Job:

    Avoid accidents and injuries. Learn to recognize hazards and follow safe work practices. Agriculture work related accidents can be avoided by incorporating safety into your daily management process – and make SAFETY everyone’s business.

    Revised: September 2009

Stationary Engines & Equipment Displays

  • Anyone exhibiting or participating at any EDGE&TA event MUST be a member of an EDGE&TA Branch.

    NO ALCOHOL is permitted at any EDGE&TA event.

    Required:

    1. Double rope stanchions separating the displayed items from the public by a minimum of three (3) feet. For a drawing, Click HERE!
    2. Occupancy of the display area shall be at the discretion of the exhibitor/owner and the Activity Safety Officer.
    3. Person attending engines and equipment to be in control at all times.
    4. Running engines or equipment shall not be left unattended.
    5. Safety Officer has the right to shut down any engine display running unattended or running unsafely.
    6. Fuel will be stored in closed containers at least six (6) feet away from nearest running engine.
    7. Exhibits with running engines will be required to have easy access to a working fire extinguisher located away from stored fuel containers.
    8. All engines and equipment will have sufficient spacing to allow the operator easy access to all items and a safe operating distance shall be maintained at all times.
    9. All exhibits on wheels parked on unleveled area shall have the wheels blocked to prevent them from rolling.
    10. Keep a Clutter-free exhibit area.
    11. All oil or fuel leaks should have a flat tray containing a non-flammable material such as cat litter to catch any leaking fluid.

    Desired:

    1. Plastic mesh barrier from lower rope to ground to prevent small children from ducking under the barrier.
    2. Exhaust directed up and away from viewing public.
    3. Belts parallel to viewing public.
    4. First Aid kit on hand at all times.  

    Revised: September 2009

  • This covers a lot of things.  Corn shellers, fodder choppers, all kinds of buhr mills for grinding corn or other products. Threshing machines, corn shredders, saw mills etc.

    1. If there is a piece of equipment that a child can get their finger in and get hurt, it needs to be roped off.
    2. Corn shellers are one thing that children like to play with.  If it has a handle they want to turn it.  If the sheller is a larger one with a flywheel, the handle will keep turning and could come up and hit someone in the chin or mouth etc.
    3. Small buhr mills are the same way.
    4. If any of this equipment is belt driven, it definitely needs to be roped or fenced to keep people away from the moving belts. Belts do come off occasionally and could get out in the spectator area. Also the area around the belts need to be kept clean and free of debris so the operator doesn’t trip and fall into the belt. Belted equipment needs lots of room.
    5. Some people will take the handle off the equipment and leave it at home to try to prevent an accident from happening. Good idea.  If the equipment has a handle, tie the handle with a rope so it can’t be turned if you are away.
    6. Any equipment belted to an engine should be parallel to the spectators.

    Revised: September 2009

Tractors

  • Anyone exhibiting or participating at any EDGE&TA event MUST be a member of an EDGE&TA Branch.

    NO ALCOHOL is permitted at any EDGE&TA event.

    1. Area Coordinators will determine placement of tractors
    2. Owners or authorized operators must be in attendance while a tractor’s engine is running.
    3. All EDGETA members can display farm tractors or any other farm equipment at a branch show. If the equipment is to be paraded or driven on a public road the driver must have a valid driver’s license (or learner’s permit) as required by the state law in the state that the driver resides.
    4. To drive a tractor at an EDGE&TA event, all under age or unlicensed drivers age 12-16 years must have completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program and have passed the Youth Driver Training Test and have a Youth Driver Training Certification Card in their possession.  If you are underage or unlicensed and want to display only that is fine, but you will have to have a licensed driver move the tractor or equipment. All EDGE&TA branches are encouraged to participate in the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training/Certification Program for all the EDGE&TA Youth members who are 12 or older, but less than the legal driver age required to hold a drivers license in the state they reside.  This will allow the younger members to participate in EDGE&TA sponsored shows, events and parades until becoming licensed drivers. 
    5. The driver should be the only person on a tractor when moving unless there are provisions for others and the provisions meet the Safety Officers approval.
    6. Tractors with spade lugs or tracks are to be moved or operated only in areas designated by Area Coordinator.
    7. All Tractors must have a kill switch or device accessible from the operator’s seat to kill the engine.
    8. All tractor demonstrations must have a rope or other barrier between the demonstration and the viewing public.
    9. All tractor-powered equipment, i.e. threshing machines, balers and saws, shall have an operator in the tractor seat all times.
    10. All tractors shall have good working brakes if so equipped.
    11. All tractors shall have good parking brakes if so equipped and/or wheel blocks or chocks while parked for display on an incline where there is a possibility the tractor could roll.  Although not a safety issue, blocks or chocks can be used to mark your spot.
    12. Tractor operators/drivers need to be very careful when starting a tractor.  Be sure the brake is properly set if it is equipped with a parking brake.  Wheel blocks or chocks can be used but remember they will not stop a tractor from rolling over the block or chock if it is started in gear.  Check to be sure the tractor is out of gear and then check it a second time to be absolutely sure. 
    13. There should be a second person to observe the public and act as a safety person while moving large tractors or tractors with restricted view.
    14. Never leave a tractor in gear when parked. (This will prevent someone from accidentally starting the tractor and running over themselves, others or equipment).
    15. Use extreme care when fueling any tractor.  Always kill the engine before fueling.
    16. All oil or fuel leaks should have a flat tray containing a non-flammable material, such as, cat litter or oil dry to catch any leaking fluids.
    17. Display areas should be kept free of debris.
    18. All drivers of lawn and garden tractors who do not have a valid Motor Vehicle Operators License must have completed the Youth Drivers Training program.  Our insurance carrier agreed to allow the youth who are members of EDGE&TA between 12 and 16 years if age or until the youth reaches the age a Motor Vehicle Operators License from the state in which he/she resides can be obtained who have completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program and passed the Operational Safety Tests to operate tractors and other motorized vehicles they are approved to drive at EDGE&TA functions.
    19. The Safety Officer, either Branch or EDGE&TA, including the EDGE&TA Insurance advisor, may shut down anyone for unsafe operation.

    Revised: June 19, 2010

  • PULL BY WEIGHT TRANSFER SLED

    Extreme caution must be exercised at all times while working with any tractor pull due to the number of people involved with the pulling tractor and sled.

    THIS SECTION CONTAINS MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED AND EACH BRANCH SAFETY OFFICER MUST SEE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE FOLLOWED.

    MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR EDGETA SPONSORED EVENTS

    1. All pullers must be members of EDGE&TA.
    2. All pullers must be 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. If not they must have completed the Youth Driver Training Program.
    3. NO STEP ON SLEDS ALLOWED AT ANY TIME.
    4. It is recommended that a progressive weight transfer sled be used. It must be built with safety in mind to protect the puller, the sled operator and the public.
    5. Each sled will have a working fire extinguisher mounted in such a manner to be easily accessible to operator or Ground personnel in case of a tractor fire.
    6. No tractor with other than manufacturer standard engine will be allowed.
    7. All tractor engines must not exceed the manufacturers recommended HP and RPM by more than 10%.
    8. Speeds– 1st or 2nd gear not to exceed 3.5 MPH. Torque shifting not allowed.
    9. Never hook up the pulling tractor until operator has put tractor in neutral and raised their hands.
    10. The driver is the only person allowed on a tractor at anytime. Drivers must remain seated at all times except for tractors designed for standing only i.e. Steam Tractors and certain gas/kerosene tractors, which are allowed no more than two operators.
    11. All tractors must have a kill switch or device accessible from the operator’s seat to kill the engine.
    12. Keep spectators at least 30 feet from edge of track. Spectators may be closer if solid barrier or fence separates spectators from track.
    13. Any violations observed by the flag person or safety officer will mean automatic disqualification.
    14. Tractors must have the stock engine, frames, transmission, rear end, and axle housings or manufacturer’s replacement.
    15. All tractors must be equipped with working brakes.
    16. Tractor shall not be left unattended with engine running.
    17. There will be no hot rodding in the pits or track area.
    18. Fuel– gasoline, diesel, kerosene or LP fuels only. No alcohol or nitrous fuels may be used in tractors. Tractor manufactured to use diesel fuel only cannot be converted to gasoline or LP.  No airplane fuel. Fuel is meant to be the same fuel that you use in your automobile or truck.
    19. Maximum hitch height 20 inches Rubber tire classes
    20. Minimum hitch length 16 inches Rubber tire classes
    21. Maximum hitch height 16 inches Steel wheel classes
    22. Minimum hitch length 18 inches Steel wheel classes.
    23. Front of tractor not to exceed 16 inches off the ground. A chain device must be used to determine height. Device to be furnished by sled operator.
    24. If wheelie bars are used, chain device not needed.
    25. Wheelie bars recommended but not required
    26. If wheelie bars are used they must be checked so not to allow the front of tractor to exceed 16 inches off the ground and must be tested to weight of the tractor.
    27. Tractors not to exceed 100 HP
    28. If anything falls off of the tractor during pull, the tractor is disqualified.
    29. Crawler tractors use standard hitch. No modifications.
    30. All pulling tractors must be 30 years or older.
    31. NO ALCOHOL is to be consumed or served at any EDGETA event.

     Revised: June 19, 2010

     

    THIS SECTION IS GUIDELINES OR SUGGESTIONS FOR A TRACTOR PULL

    The following list of people is suggested:

    1. Event Chairperson
    2. Safety Officer
    3. Announcer
    4. Statistician
    5. Sled Operator
    6. Flag person
    7. One hook and one unhook persons
    8. Two persons to make measurements and/or one person to read measurement if a progressive sled measurement is used.
    9. Pull back tractor and operator
    10. Scraper tractor and operator
    11. Extra persons as needed

    TRACTOR PULLS CAN BE CONDUCTED IN SEVERAL CLASSES:

    Listed are classes that can be used in combinations.

    1. Tractors can pull for distance
    2. Tractors can pull by percentage of weight
    3. Rubber Tire classes
    4. Steel wheel classes’ antique classes only pre-1940
    5. Crawler classes
    6. Antique classes
    7. Classic classes
    8. Farm Stock classes

    Following is A Discussion of Tractors and Classes.

    1. Open classes
    2. Tractors must be 30 years or older

    AGE OF TRACTORS: (New)

    • The age of tractors has been increased to include those that are 30 years old or older.
    • Previous ages of tractors were 1960 and older.
    • The pulling requirements will not change for the newer tractors.
    • They will still have to meet the 100 HP Maximum, 3.5-MPH speed and 10,000 weight limit and all the other regulations.
    • The Branches may want to set classes for these tractors or incorporate them in with the other tractors.

    WEIGHT CLASSES: 0 – 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, & 10,000 or any combination there of.  IE: 0-1500, 1501 – 2000, 2001 – 2500 etc. not to exceed 10,000 lbs. Classes may be 0-3500, 3501-4500, 4501-5500, etc. Classes are to be determined by the Branch.

    Entry:

    1. Tractors may be pulled in several classes, once in each class.
    2. Tractors cannot enter classes below its lightest weigh-in weight.
    3. Example: Antique class tractors may also pull in the next class if the tractor meets the rules for that class.
    4. The Branch can control how many times a tractor can pull and what classes they pull in. But you must remember that a 3000-pound tractor pulling in a 5000-pound class and winning is probably not stock.

    Rims and Wheels – Tractors must have OEM recommended diameter rims and OEM wheels. Wheels with rims for manufacturers original recommendations to include cut-downs for tractors that may have originally been on steel wheels, No modified dish wheel with holes cut out to reduce weight.

    Tires – Tires must be on rim width, not exceeding tire manufacturer’s recommended width.   Maximum tire size – one size above manufacturer current replacement size. It is a branch decision whether to allow cut tires or radial tires.

    Hitches – Maximum 20” height (stationary in all directions) locked on tractors such as IH fast hitch, Ford 3-point hitch, etc. Hitch length not less than 16″ from center of rear axle. Hitches must be as from factory-unaltered for that specific tractor. Operator must furnish a straight up and down or twisted clevis with a minimum opening of 3.0” bolted or pinned to the draw bar. Hitch measured at hook point of clevis.

    Recommended: The front wheels of the tractor are not allowed to exceed 16” off the ground during a pull. Sled operator is to provide a linked chain or device attached parallel with the center of the front axle with a maximum of 16” on the ground. Chain must be dragging at the time tractor is hooked. Wheelie bars are optional but recommended Speeds – 1st or 2nd gear not to exceed 3.5 MPH.

    Weights – appearing to the original manufactured weights as possible. No concrete weights allowed. Original manufacturer suitcase weights are allowed if the tractor manufacturer equipped the tractor with the weights. They must be mounted per manufacturer operator’s instruction manual.

    Engine – Stock block, naturally aspirated. Exceptions: Oliver 99 GM, etc. Stock head, manifold and carburetor. Manifolds are to be replacement-manufactured parts accepted for that make and model tractor. Stock engine RPM. Engine parts not in parts book for that specific tractor cannot be used.  RPM – Maximum of 10% over factory high idle specification.

    Exceptions:

    • generator vs. alternators,
    • points vs. electronic ignitions,
    • magnetos vs. distributors,
    • hand cranks vs. electric starters,
    • single exhaust vs. dual exhaust,
    • side shields whether factory or home made,
    • 6-volt vs. 12-volt.

    These variations can be set by each branch and controlled by each branch.

    Appearance – Tractors must maintain original stock appearance. If a part is not found in the manufacturers’ parts book it can not be used. Seat must be stock seat or a manufactured seat placed with stock mountings (such as TSC).

    Exhibition Class – If for some reason a tractor doesn’t meet EDGETA Requirements or guidelines, it can be pulled in an exhibition class if it is deemed safe by the pull committee.

    For Example – If tire size doesn’t meet branches requirements, or specialty tractors such as the Ford with Funk Conversion etc. These tractors must meet all other requirements.

    NO SMOKE BLOWERS. 

    Safety – The Track Flagman Rules while the tractor is on the pulling track.

    THESE SAME MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES MAY BE USED IN ALL CLASSES.

    1. Tractor ages vary in the different areas of our membership. It is up to the branches to determine the classes to be pulled.
    2. It is the responsibility of the branches to follow the requirements and guidelines set forth by EDGETA.
    3. The branches have more leeway to set classes to fit their area. All activities must be safe.

    Revised: September 2009

  • STONE BOAT TRACTOR PULL

    SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES

    The “stone boat pull” is similar to both our walk-on sled and progressive sleds. You are pulling distance using what we call a walk-on sled, but using weights instead of people. All tractors in a class must be weighted up to and as close to the weight class as possible. Like in our distance pulls. We really don’t care how much weight is on the sled. You just keep adding weight until you can’t move the sled anymore.

    Classes: 0-2000, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500, 6500, 7500, 8500, 9500, 10,000

    And you might have farm stock classes. The Host Branch determines classes.

    Let’s say you have 10 tractors in the 4500-lb class; every tractor is allowed 2 tries to move the sled 10 feet. If the tractor doesn’t move the sled 10 feet then it is eliminated. If 6 of the tractors in the class make a full pull of 10 feet each, you add more weight to the sled and pull these 6 tractors again and they are allowed 2 tries to move the sled 10 feet. (The 2 tries are added together making a total distance of both tries). This time you eliminate 3 more tractors. You add more weight. They pull again. A is peg driven in the ground at a predetermined point at the rear of the sled before each pull. After the pull another peg is driven. The measurement between the 2 pegs is the pulling distance.

    MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

    1. The “Stone Boat” Sled must be built with safety in mind to protect the puller, the sled operator and the public.
    2. EDGETA recommends that 3/4″ alloy steel grade 80 chain and hooks which have a working load limit of 28,300# be used on stone boat sleds.
    3. The branch safety advisor shall review the pulling chains, hooks and bolts.
    4. The branch safety advisor must be satisfied that it meets all EDGETA requirements.
    5. All weights must be built so they can be easily handled safely.
    6. Tractors not to exceed 100 HP.
    7. Chain must be tight before the pull is started.
    8. Must not jerk the chain when starting pull.
    9. Stone boat pulls may have classes up to and including 14,000 pounds.
    10. A full pull is 10 feet.
    11. Suitcase weights may be used on all tractors in a Stone Boat Pull.
    12. NO ALCOHOL is to be served or consumed at any EDGETA event.

    February 2006

    1. Equipment that is self-propelled and operated on a public road shall be operated by a person that is licensed by the state in which they reside.
    2. To operate equipment at an EDGETA parade you must be an EDGETA Member.
    3. If you are a member age 12 through 15, and do not have a valid state driver’s license, you must have completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program and have a Youth Driver Training Certification Card on your possession to drive in a parade or on the show grounds.
    4. All tractors shall have an Emergency kill switch or device in reach of the driver’s seat.
    5. A working fire extinguisher shall be prominently displayed on each tractor.
    6. There shall be only one (1) person on a tractor when moving, unless there are provisions for others and these provisions meet the Safety Officer’s approval. . “If the safety officer has questions he should review them with the insurance contact or insurance agent”. To further clarify what is acceptable and what is not, an exception would be the large older tractors where two operators are desirable for safety, such as a 30-60 Rumely, 30-60 Altman Taylor, etc. In addition those tractors that have fenders as part of enclosed platforms, and there is no way the rider can fall in front of the rear wheels, such as IHC W-4, W-6, W-9, John Deere Model D etc. may have one additional rider standing on the platform (not sitting on the fender) during the parade. The rider must be old enough to hold on without the driver holding him. The driver must be able to focus his complete attention to driving, and not holding on to his rider. It is not acceptable to have riders on row crop type tractors such as Farmall B, C, H, M, and F-12, 14, 20 & 30 series. John Deere H, A, B, G or like tractors, even though they are equipped with fenders, unless a seat is specially fitted on the tractor for an additional rider. In those cases, if it is possible for the rider to fall forward from the seat in front of the rear wheels, a seat belt is to be installed to restrain the rider. The same is true for a tractor like an AC Model B which has a wide seat. In this case, the rider, especially a young child is to have a seat belt, it is not permissible for the driver to hold the rider and drive too.
    7. Riders on Ford tractors and others that are side mounted in front of the rear wheels may not have riders unless a seat is specially designed and submitted for approval.
    8. It is not acceptable for riders to stand on the drawbar or hitches.
    9. Tractors with cabs may have riders if they are inside the cab and the doors are closed.
    10. All PTO shafts should be covered if possible; if not make sure they are disengaged.
    11. When we talk about parades, most parades don’t move over 3-5 mph.
    12. When operating a tractor in a parade, always drive parallel to spectators.
    13. When operating a tractor in a parade, never throw candy or other objects from the tractor/wagon/people mover.
    14. A minimum distance of 3 times the length of your tractor should be maintained between your tractor and whatever is in front of you.
    15. Towing tractors must have adequate brakes to handle the towed load on any hill that may be encountered. (Note that garden tractors are not designed to be towing vehicles).
    16. Never leave a tractor in gear when parked. (This will prevent someone from accidentally starting the tractor and running over themselves, others, or other equipment.)
    17. Never leave an unattended tractor running.
    18. All pulled wagons or people movers shall have a washer and hitch cross pin in the bottom end of the pulling pin. A grade 8 bolt with double nuts would also work. A conventional trailer ball hitches are also acceptable.
    19. Draw bar on pulling vehicle must be long enough to provide adequate turning radius so the tongue of people mover/wagon will not ride up on rear tires of pulling vehicle. A safety chain is required and must be short so that in the event that the people mover/wagon becomes unhitched from the tractor, the people mover/wagon will not roll into the tractor tires. (Photo required).
    20. With regard to Steam Engines, it is acceptable to have one rider in addition to the two operators if there is room on the platform for the rider. For example a Case engine with contractor’s bunkers has room for an additional rider.

           Please submit thirty days prior the event, agree to all of the conditions and include all photos requested

    Revised June 19, 2010

    1. Equipment that is self-propelled and operated on a public road shall be operated by a person that is licensed by the state in which they reside.
    2. To operate equipment at an EDGETA tractor drive you must be an EDGETA Member.
    3. For those young drivers that do not have a drivers license, check with the local police/sheriff departments to determine if you can legally operate a tractor on a public road. If so, and you are an EDGETA member age 12 through 15, you must have completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program and have a Youth Driver Training Certification Card on your possession to drive in a tractor drive, parade or on the show grounds.
    4. All tractors must have a kill switch or device in reach of the driver’s seat to kill the engine.
    5. Fire extinguisher shall be prominently displayed on each tractor.
    6. There shall be only one (1) person on a tractor driven in a Tractor Drive unless a seat is specially fitted on the tractor for an additional rider. A seat belt must be installed to restrain the rider. This must be approved by the Safety Chairman. (The seat must be approved prior to the Tractor Drive.)
    7. All tractors must have a triangle safety sign mounted on the rear of the tractor, or on the back of a people mover/wagon.
    8. Maximum tractor drive speed is 10 MPH.
    9. All tractors must have working brakes to be eligible to participate in a tractor drive.
    10. Tractors with cabs may have riders if they are inside the cab and the doors are closed.
    11. Towing tractors must have adequate brakes to handle the towed load on any hill that may be encountered.
    12. Towing tractor must be heavy enough to handle the pulled load.
    13. A minimum distance of 4 times the length of your tractor should be maintained between your tractor and whatever is in front of you.
    14. Never leave a tractor in gear when parked. (This will prevent someone from accidentally starting the tractor and running over themselves, others, or other equipment.)
    15. Never leave an unattended tractor running.
    16. Definitions, Wagons used on Tractor Drives are defined as those used for carrying exhibits, signs, etc, not people. If people are on the wagon it is classed as a people mover. Note: See #19 below.
    17. All pulled wagons shall have a washer and hitch cross pin in the bottom end of the pulling pin. A grade 8 bolt with double nuts would also work. A conventional trailer ball hitch is also acceptable.
    18. Drawbar on the pulling vehicle must be long enough to provide adequate turning radius so the tongue of wagon will not ride on rear of pulling vehicle. A safety chain is required and must be short so that in the event that the wagon becomes unhitched from the tractor, the wagon will not roll into the tractor tires.
    19. NO people movers on Tractor Drives.
    20. Not required but recommended to have a follow up vehicle with tool and supplies.
    21. Not required but recommended to have a follow up vehicle to transport a person who may have become ill to meet emergency vehicle if needed. 
      Revised 6-19-2010
  • Underwriting:

      There is no additional charge for people movers, they are covered in the base premium. However, the following is required and must be completed before our insurance will cover a people mover.

    1. Maximum people movers attached to the pulling vehicle, one (1).
    2. People mover must have safety chains installed at entrance &/or exit to prevent passengers from falling out (photo required).
    3. People mover must have acceptable seats, no standing. (photo required)
    4. People mover must have steps for entrance and exiting. (photo required)
    5. A conductor must occupy people mover and he/she must be a member of EDGE & TA.
    6. Driver of pulling vehicle must be an experienced tractor driver and have a permanent license driver, minimum age twenty-one (21) and be a member of EDGE & TA.
    7. Driver and conductor must wear radio headsets for communication.
    8. Pulling vehicle may only be farm tractor with adequate brakes and be physically large enough to stop the people mover fully loaded. No ATV’s, Garden Tractors, Mules, Horses or Ox.
    9. Draw bar on pulling vehicle must be long enough to provide adequate turning radius so the tongue of people mover will not ride up on rear tires of pulling vehicle. A safety chain is required and must be short so that in the event that the people mover becomes unhitched from the tractor, the people mover will not roll into the tractor tires. (Photo required).
    10. A complete photo of people mover and pulling vehicle must be included with request.
    11. Speed limit for people mover is 5 mph.

    Please submit thirty days prior the event, agree to all of the conditions and include all photos requested.

    This document last modified on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lawn & Garden Tractors

  • LAWN & GARDEN TRACTOR PULLS

    MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS & REGULATIONS

    Revised: 01-01-2006

    1. Membership:
    Membership with the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association is a requirement for pulling at any EDGE& TA branch event. The membership card from the Association must be presented or an officer from the branch that the driver belongs to must be present with the membership records to verify that the driver/pit crew dues are paid, or a membership fee will be charged. All drivers and pit crewmembers must be members of the Association and will be  required to sign a liability waiver and all tractors must pass safety committee approval before entering the pit area.

    II. Un-sportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.
    Penalty for first offense- the driver cannot pull with the sponsoring branch for next three events. Second offense- the driver cannot pull with any branch for one year from that date. Disqualified drivers must load their tractors and equipment and leave immediately. A majority of the safety committee and officers and directors of the sponsoring branch present at the  pull will determine Un-sportsmanlike conduct, and their determination will be final.

    III. Alcoholic Beverages:

    NO ALCOHOL is to be consumed or served at any EDGETA sponsored Event.

        This will be cause for disqualification with no exception.

    IV. Eligibility of Tractor:

    1. Lawn & Garden tractors are defined as tractors having electric or gas engines with one or two cylinder, air-cooled, four-cycle engine. No motorcycle or automobile engines are allowed. Two wheel drive only.
    2. Tractor shall have no more than one engine.
    3. Tractor shall have mower deck removed.
    4. Tractor must have rubber tires; no dual wheels, tire studs, cleats, chains or paddle tires allowed. Rims cannot exceed 12 inches. Maximum tire size cannot exceed 12″ wide or 26″ in height.     

        Tractor must have a hood and grill. All moving parts will be covered with an approved shield.

    1. Tractor must have sturdy, safe, secure fenders.
    2. Tractor must be able to pull to the track without assistance. The tractor must have a workable brake, a reverse gear and functional steering.
    3. Tractor may not exceed six feet between center of axle nor exceed 54 inches in width. Tractor cannot exceed 8 feet in length including front weight stinger, excluding stabilizer bar or wheelie wheels.
    4. Tractor must have a secure seat. Seat cannot extend behind rear tires.
    5. Tractor must be equipped with a fully charged working fire extinguisher.
    6. Tractor must have a workable dead man throttle.
    7. Tractor exhaust must be discharged vertically and extend no less than 12 inches from the exhaust port.
    8. All fuel lines must be protected from the motor and moving parts.

    V. Operation of a Pull:

        Each puller must drive his/her tractor unassisted. See note below for 650 lb. Junior class.

    1. All pulls must start from a tight hitch. No jerking will be permitted. Contestants will be allowed two attempts to move the sled to reach the 50-ft. stake.
    2. Any contestants attempting to pull before the proper signal from the flagman will be disqualified. Tractors must stop immediately upon signal from the flagman.
    3. Drivers must remain in the seat at all times during the pull and must have complete control of the pulling vehicle at all times. They must have hand or arm contact with the steering wheel at all times.
    4. Contestants must pull in position drawn. Any delay may cause disqualification.
    5. Before hitching or after unhitching from the sled, driver shall operate his vehicle at such speed to be in full control of vehicle at all times. Any excessive speed or recklessness will be grounds for  disqualification. Tractors must be operated in a safe manner at all times or will be disqualified for that day’s pull. All prizes and points will be removed for that day’s pull.
    6. After weigh-in, weights cannot be added to tractor, but may be relocated. No gas may be added except after the second pull. Tanks should be full before weigh-in.
    7. Branch has the option of re-weighing any tractor before the tractor is hooked to the sled.

    VI. Making a Pull:

    1. Must be entered in class and weighed in 30 minutes prior to the start of the pull.
    2. Must be in neutral gear with hands in the air while being hooked to the sled.
    3. Do not start until the flagman gives the green flag.
    4. Pulling tractors must remain within the marked boundaries of the track during the pull or be disqualified. The sled may go past the boundaries.
    5. The pull shall be considered over when the forward motion of the sled stops. The flagman shall hold tire digging to a minimum.
    6. Flagmen will be located at the end of the track. When the red flag is waved, the tractor must stop.
    7. Must be in neutral gear with hands in the air while being unhooked.
    8. The flagman’s calls are considered final. Flagman may confer with the side officials.

    VII. Stabilizer Bars:

    1. Tractors will be equipped with wheelie bars or skid plates. No spring loaded anti-tip-over devices will be allowed.
    2. The device must consist of 2 separate sections located on each side of the rear of the tractor with the combination of the 2 being strong enough to support the weight of the tractor.
    3. Skid plates are to be no less than 3 square inches of surface area at the ground contact point.
    4. Wheelie wheels must be at least 1″ wide and 3″ in diameter.

    VIII. Drawbar:

    1. No less than 1/2″ in thickness and must have a 1 1/2″ opening.
    2. Cross sectional thickness must be equivalent to 1/2″ round stock.
    3. Pulling point may not be more than 3/4″ from the back edge of the drawbar, parallel to and not more or less than 13″ above the ground.

    IX. Kill Switch:

    1. Tractor must be equipped with a workable kill switch located at the rear of the tractor, mounted above the drawbar and in the center of the tractor. Electric fuel pump must be hooked up to kill     switch.
    2. Tractor will be inspected before weigh-in and must pass all safety inspections by the appointed safety committee.

    X. NO EXCEPTIONS

    1. The wearing of helmets will be optional and left to the discretion of the driver in all pulling classes and while practicing.
    2. All drivers will be clothed with long pants, shirt and shoes while pulling or practicing.

    XL. Fuel:

    1. Pump gasoline, aviation fuel, VP or other racing fuel and gasoline additives (octane boosters/lead substitutes) will be the only permissible fuels.

        No NITROUS, NITRO METHANE, or ALCOHOL fuels will be allowed.

    1. Electric fuel pumps are allowed in all classes.
    2. Carburetor Adapter plates: up to 1/2” plate may be used to mount other than O.E.M carburetor to engine. Carburetor size must be within guidelines of each class.

    XII. Class Divisions.

    1. All drivers of lawn and garden tractors under the age of 16 years who do not posses a valid Motor Vehicle Operators License must have completed the Youth Drivers Training program.
    2. The branch Safety Officer will administer the testing of each youth and submit a request to the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Coordinator who will issue the EDGE&TA certification card within 30 days.
    3. The Branch Safety officer may issue a temporary permit which will be valid until the EDGE&TA certification card is received from EDGE&TA. (See the Youth Driver Training section of Safety section for the necessary instructions and forms at – www.edgeta.org )
    4. The Test Form must include the (make, model and class) the Youth will be driving.
    5. A Test form for each tractor the Youth will be driving should be submitted.

    CLASS I

    650 POUND 0 – 8 HORSEPOWER STOCK

    1. Contest open to stock riding lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Tires may not be cut or altered in any way from stock.
    3. Standard lawn mower type engines and carburetors only.
    4. The maximum allowable carburetor venturi size 1.00 inch.
    5. Frames may not be altered in anyway.
    6. Tractors must be stock in appearance.
    7. No driver under the age of 5 years will be permitted to pull in any class.
    8. Class I is open to those drivers that are 5 through 11 years of age.
    9. Drivers that are 5 through 11 years of age can not participate in any other class.
    10. Drivers who are 12 years of age and above can not participate in this class.
    11. Tractors driven by drivers under the age 7 years of age must have an engine kill device with the minimum 6-foot long lead line.
    12. The kill device must be held at all times during the pull by an adult supervisor.
    13. Governors are optional.

    Restrictions for Class I

    Due to the ages of this class, the following rules apply:

    1. The tractor must have a dead man kill switch device on the clutch side of the tractor.
    2. A parent or relative must accompany the child and must be on the side where the kill switch is located whenever the tractor is moving, both on and off the track.
    3. Once the tractor has started pulling, the throttle, clutch or gearing cannot be changed by the parent or relative.

    ** Tractors driven by any driver under the age of 15 must have running boards to avoid injury to the driver.

    CLASS II

    900 POUNDS 0 – 10 HORSEPOWER STOCK

    1. Contest open to stock riding lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Tires may not be cut or altered in any way from stock.
    3. Standard lawn mower type engines and carburetors only.
    4. Carburetors maximum venturi size 1.00 inch.
    5. Governors are optional.
    6. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase, and must be stock in appearance.

    CLASS III

    900 POUNDS 0 – 12 HORSEPOWER STOCK

    1. Contest open to stock lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawn mower type engines and carburetors only.
    3. Carburetor maximum venturi size 1.00 inch.
    4. No after market heads, cams or intakes allowed in this class.
    5. No porting or polishing.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Tread may be shaved but no extra lugs may be cut or added.
    8. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.

    CLASS IV

    900 POUNDS 0 – 12 HORSEPOWER STOCK ALTERED

    1. Contest open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawnmower type engines and carburetors only.
    3. Stock heads may be milled; cams may be reground but not welded.
    4. No after market intakes allowed in this class.
    5. Porting and polishing OK.
    6. Carburetor maximum venturi sizes 1.130 inch.
    7. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    8. Any tread pattern can be used.
    9. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    10. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    CLASS V

    950 POUNDS 30.5 CID. MODIFIED (12 HP BLOCK SUPER STOCK)

    1. Contest open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawn and garden type engines.
    3. After market heads, cams/valves, crankshafts, and carburetors/intakes, etc. may be used in this class.
    4. Motorcycle carburetors OK in this class.
    5. Carburetor maximum venturi sizes 1.200 inch.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Any tread pattern can be used.
    8. Tractors entered after June 1, 1995, must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    9. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    CLASS VI

    1050 POUNDS 0 – 16 HORSEPOWER STOCK

    1. Contest open to stock lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawnmower type engines and carburetors only.
    3. Carburetor maximum venturi size1.130 inch.
    4. No after market heads, cams or intakes allowed in this class.
    5. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    6. Tread may be shaved but no extra lugs may be cut or added.
    7. Tractors entered before June 1, 1995 can be altered in size and appearance.
    8. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.

    CLASS VII

    1050 POUNDS 0 – 16 HORSEPOWER STOCK ALTERED

    1. Contest open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawnmower type engines and carburetors only.
    3. Stock heads may be milled; cams may be reground but not welded.
    4. No after market intakes allowed in this class.
    5. Porting and polishing OK.
    6. Carburetor maximum venturi size1.200 inch.
    7. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    8. Any tread pattern can be used.

    CLASS VIII

    1050 POUND 50.5 CID. MODIFIED (16 HP block PRO-STOCK)

    1. Contest open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawn and garden type engines.
    3. After market heads, cams/valves, crankshafts, and carburetors/intakes, etc. may be used in this class.
    4. Motorcycle carburetors OK in this class.
    5. Carburetor maximum venturi sizes 1.200 inch.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Any tread pattern can be used.
    8. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    9. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    CLASS IX

    1050 POUNDS 18 – 20 HORSEPOWER STOCK ALTERED

    1. Contest open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawnmower type engines and carburetors only.
    3. Stock heads may be milled, cams may be reground but not welded.
    4. No after market intakes allowed in this class.
    5. Porting and polishing OK. Carburetor maximum venturi sizes 1.200 inch.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Any tread pattern can be used.
    8. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    9. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    CLASS X

    1050 POUNDS 18 – 20 HORSEPOWER MODIFIED

    1. Contest is open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawn and garden type engines only.
    3. After market heads, cams/valves, crankshafts, and carburetors/intakes, etc. may be used in this class.
    4. Motorcycle carburetors OK in this class.
    5. Any type fuel pump OK.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Any tread pattern can be used.
    8. Tractors must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    9. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    CLASS XI

    1050 POUNDS, MAXIMUM OF 25 HORSEPOWER OPEN

    1. Contest is open to lawn and garden tractors.
    2. Standard lawn and garden type engine only.
    3. After market heads, cams/valves, crankshafts, and carburetors/intakes, etc. may be used in this class.
    4. Motorcycle carburetors OK in this class.
    5. Any type fuel pumps OK.
    6. Any type tractor tire may be used in this class if they conform to size requirements.
    7. Any tread pattern can be used.
    8. Tractor must conform to Mfg. size and wheelbase and must be stock in appearance.
    9. Trans-axles may be locked for strength.

    The safety committee of the sponsoring branch must approve exception to any of these requirements. The decision of the safety committee on any exception to or interpretation of a requirement is final.

    Revised: September 2009

Steam

  • STEAM TRACTION ENGINES, BOILERS, PORTABLE ENGINES AND BOILERS,

    AND STATIONARY STEAM ENGINE DISPLAYS

    The following Mandatory Safety  Requirements shall be strictly observed and anyone not in compliance with the requirements shall be asked to shut down by the Event Safety Person.

    1. All steam engines and boilers shall be inspected in accordance with the state in which they registered. If the state you are showing in does not accept your state inspection then you must comply with that states guidelines.
    2. Any person operating a steam engine or boiler must complete a course of instruction and have a valid certification showing their qualification if required by your State on their person while operating the same.
    3. If you are new or unknown to the Show a Committee of two (2) knowledgeable Steam operators and the Safety Officer will check your qualifications, by asking questions and having you demonstrate your ability to operate steam. Their decision to let you operate or not will be final.
    4. Never leave a steam engine or boiler unattended when under normal working steam pressure.It is recommended two (2) people be qualified for this operation.
    5. Pop-off valve shall be set and sealed in accordance with your state boiler laws.      
    6. Never operate a boiler without visible water in the water glass. (It should show at least 1/3 full or more.) It is suggested that the engineer measure where the crown sheet is located in relationship to the sight glass and maintain a minimum of 4 inches of water above the crown sheet. This can be marked on the gauge glass once measured. Running with a higher water level carries different risks such as priming than running with low water which carries the risk of crown sheet failure. In this case, EDGETA encourages all steam engineers to operate conservatively on the side of safety and carry slightly higher water level.
    7. All boilers shall have two (2) ways of injecting water into the boiler under full range of boiler working pressure. If injectors are the only means of adding water, two (2) are recommended.
    8. All boilers must have their own water storage tank. It is recommended that traction engines have enough water storage capacity to get to the furthest destination and back to the water source plus ten (10) percent.
    9. All boilers shall have two (2) means of checking water level while under pressure.
    10. When boiler is in operation and generating steam the boiler must have a fireman or assistant on or near the boiler where the water level sight glass and pressure gauge can be seen at all times.
    11. Boilers using any kind of fuel other than gas or oil (coal or wood) must have a means of raking the fuel from the firebox in case of low water condition. It also should have a shovel for fire fighting.
    12. All boilers must have a main shut-off valve on the main steam supply line so the valve can be shut-off when cooling the boiler down, which will allow the operator to leave the boiler. Valve must also be shut-off when working on the engine.
    13. No fireman or person shall light a fire in any boiler until the true water level has been determined, and the  gauge glass  shut-off cocks have been   checked and found to be open.
    14. When large steam tractors are driven and people are present in the engine/tractor area, there must be two (2) persons on the engine/tractor, each having a clear view of their respective side of the engine/tractor.
    15. All working equipment powered by a belt must be roped off.
    16. Never operate a steam traction engine without the numbers of persons required to safely operate the engine.
    17. All engines and boilers shall be kept in a clean and safe condition at all times.
    18. When moving about, always be courteous to other operators and spectators.
    19. Failure to observe safety requirements may result in removal from show.
    20. Never discharge steam where it may come in contact with any person.
    21. When shutting down for the day
      1. Have water level at one half (1/2) in sight glass.
      2. Close main steam valve.
      3. Be sure pressure is on the way down.
      4. Do not leave until pressure   has decayed to 50% of the pop-off valve setting.
      5. Close all draft doors, with the fire banked or extinguished.
      6. Block wheels so engine will not roll.
    22. Avoid blowing the pop-off valve except once a day to test the valve.     While it is an accepted practice by some to run the pressure up to maximum allowable working pressure to test the pop valve operation and verify the lift pressure to the gauge pressure daily, the engineer is not obligated to do this daily. However, it would be a wise practice to conduct this once in a controlled setting to verify pop pressure against the gauge as well as verifying proper pop valve operation. The engineer should be aware that anytime a pop valve operates, this has the potential to startle and scare visitors.
    23. The engineer shall blow the whistle before moving his engine or before operating machinery belted to the flywheel.
    24. When stopping the engine, the engineer shall not stop with the nose of the boiler pointing downhill. This is to ensure complete coverage of the crown sheet with water.
    25. When descending steep hills, it is advisable to perform this operation backwards so as to ensure the crown sheet remains covered in water.
    26. NO ALCOHOL is permitted at any EDGETA Sponsored Event.

    Revised: June 1, 2009

  • February 21, 2005

    To: All Branch Presidents of EDGE&TA

    From: The National Board of Directors of EDGE&TA

    Subject: Safety requirements for the operation of Steam Boilers.

    In light of the Medina, OH event and the state of the insurance industry, the attached Steam Rules will apply to all EDGE&TA members’ owning/operating steam boilers, at EDGE&TA events. Safety is the number one concern of EDGE&TA. We have had an excellent safety record and there is no need to relax our safety. Steam has come under extreme pressure due to the Medina , OH event, and a number of states are re-thinking their steam rules. Due to these concerns an EDGE&TA Steam Committee was formed consisting: Tim Wade, Chairman, Dick Tombrink and Darrell Carter who are all owner/operators of steam equipment.

    Larry Voris
    National President, EDGETA

  • The following safety rules are required of Steam owners/operators

    wishing to operate at any EDGE&TA sponsored events.

    1. All current members within EDGE&TA owning Steam Traction Engines, Stationary Steam Boilers, Portable Steam Boilers, scale model operating on Steam must comply with all applicable state laws relating to steam in the state the boiler is exhibited. All boilers shall have a current State Inspection Certificate and the operator shall have a current Steam Operators license in those states that require it.
    2. If your home state does not require your steam equipment to be state certified, a certification from an independent licensed boiler inspector located in your state and licensed to do inspections is acceptable. If your home state does not require you to have an Steam Operators license, it is recommended that you attend one of the Steam Schools offered through out the country and obtain a license in that state, or obtain the National license that is currently being offered. Contact one of the EDGETA directors on the steam committee if you have any questions.
    3. Branches of EDGE&TA that are hosting EDGE&TA National, EDGE&TA Regional or EDGE&TA Branch home shows may require proof of certification from the owner (member) of steam equipment before allowing it to be fired at the show. Any owner (member) not in compliance with the Rules will be asked not to fire until such proof is provided.
  • Those who attend tractor/steam shows do so for many reasons. They enjoy the equipment demonstrations “That’s the way my granddaddy did it “ and the country vittles. Perhaps they enjoy the many rows of gas and kerosene tractors – John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Farmall, Rumley Oil Pulls and many others. But the sight that attracts all eyes from young to old is the steam traction engines.  They’re huge behemoths, belching black smoke as they glide quietly by. Young children refer to them as “trains”. They’re amazing to watch – and in the wrong hands they are a potential explosion waiting to happen.

         Before everyone gets up and leaves, allow me to explain. Traction engines are only as safe as the operator. For this reason, it is highly desirable that traction engine operators be very knowledgeable in the production of steam. We’ve all heard of and read tragic accounts of boiler failures and the untimely deaths of the unfortunate souls operating these boilers. What we don’t hear about is why these boilers failed. Human error accounts for 99.9% of these failures. In other words, the boiler doesn’t fail the operator – the operator fails the boiler.

         For example, consider a typical 25 horsepower locomotive style boiler fired to 150 pounds per square inch. There is enough energy contained in the hot water in the boiler that if coupled to a large  rifle, it could shoot a one-pound ball 7500 miles straight up. If this power were applied to the lifting of a steam engine weighing 25,000 pounds it would raise it to a height of 1700 feet. If we were  working with a cannonball weighing one ton this projectile could be shot straight up to a height of 3 ½ miles. These figures should impress on the engineer the need to exercise all due precautions when operating a boiler under pressure.

         Anytime water is boiled there is a potential for explosion. Ever wondered why your water heater at home has a relief valve? The same reason a boiler has a safety or “pop” valve. Both your water heater and a boiler are built to withstand certain pressures. Repeated operation above these pressures can cause metal stress and fatigue leading to weak/leaking joints that pose potential problems. Pop valves open at a pre-set pressure and then close when the pressure decays to another pre-set point. This is done to ensure the boiler pressure never goes above design. The pop valve is one safety device that should NEVER be bypassed in any manner. A pop valve should be tested daily under pressure to ensure that it pops and resets as per design pressure.

         Anytime there is a fire in a boiler, there must be water in the boiler. The water level in the boiler is seen in the gage glass either on the side of the boiler or at the rear of the boiler on the operator’s platform. Depending on how hard the engine is operating, this level should be kept midway of the glass to one inch above the bottom fitting on the glass in order to protect the crown sheet in the boiler. The crown sheet is the metal part of the boiler immediately over the top of the firebox. This area is exposed to the most intense part of the fire, and therefore needs water over it for cooling purposes. The Frick that I operate has a built in safety feature here. When the water level is at the bottom fitting on the gage glass, there is still 4 inches of water over the crown sheet.

         The water glass should be checked daily for proper operation. Prior to building a fire in the boiler, open the gage glass drains while watching the water level. It should drain out the bottom, and the bounce back into the glass when the drain is closed. This provides the operator with a very important piece of safety information – the glass is working and not plugged causing a false level indication. Correct water level is the absolute most important thing that a boiler operator should be aware of at all times. Be sure your gage is active every time you steam up a boiler.

         Another means of indicating water level in a boiler are the tri-cocks. These are 3 small valves placed at different heights on the boiler. They are usually found on the operator’s deck, however some are found on the side of the boiler near the gage glass. The tri-cocks serve as a back up water level indication to the gage glass. Opening these one at a time will result in releasing steam, steam and water combined or simply water. When opened, if steam is released the water level is below that tri-cock. If water/steam are released, the water level is approximately at the open tri-cock. If water is released, the water level is above the open tri-cock. These should be checked daily under pressure to ensure their proper operation.

         As the boiler begins to build steam pressure, it is a good idea to be sure water can be added. It is prudent to have 2 means of water addition on any boiler. Most traction engines have a steam operated feed pump and an injector. Some have only 2 injectors.The steam operated feed pump is exactly that – a steam operated reciprocating boiler feed pump. An injector operates by using boiler pressure and a venturi nozzle to pick up water and deliver it to the boiler. Here, redundancy is simply for back-up purposes. If one means fails, there is another to fall back on. Should both means fail, proceed immediately to remove the fire from the boiler and allow the boiler to cool. The purpose for this is explained in the next paragraph.

         The operator should know at all times where the water level is in his boiler. Should the level go low and the operator does not know how low his level is or how long it has been there, STOP! DO NOT ADD WATER. Pull the fire out of the boiler using whatever means available. The idea here is to get the fire out of the boiler and let it cool naturally rather than putting water in the boiler. If the crown sheet has come uncovered and is hot, adding water will quickly quench the hot crown sheet and possibly cause it to crack and fail. If this happens the remaining water in the boiler will escape, flashing to steam as it returns to atmospheric pressure. One gallon of water will expand to 1646 cubic feet of steam, so you can easily imagine what will happen when approximately 300 gallons of water at roughly 350 degrees Fahrenheit instantly turn to steam.

         Should you lose sight of your water level and have to pull your fire, before firing the boiler again you should check the fusible plug. The fusible plug is device placed in the highest part of the crown sheet to allow escape of steam and water into the firebox if the crown sheet overheats due to low water. It is made of brass and has a hole drilled through it. This hole is filled with an alloy, which melts at 445 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The plug is located either in the back or the front of the firebox, just below the top of the highest tube. The plug will melt when it loses contact with the water and the fire is put out by water and steam. It should be checked periodically (according to state law) to make sure there is no aggregation of scale over the top of the plug, which could cause it to malfunction in an emergency. It is very important to ensure the fusible plug is scale free. Also check the amount of alloy in the end of the plug. If it is partially melted, you may consider replacing the plug. It is a good idea to consider replacing the fusible plug once a year to ensure proper operation.

         The traction engine should never be left unattended. Minnesota for example requires that a licensed operator be on the deck of a traction engine at all times when in operation. If you must leave your engine unattended, you should make the following a practice: (this is the law in Minnesota and Virginia)

    _Water level should be at least 1/3 glass

    _ The header or dome valve is closed

    _ The draft doors are closed

    _ The fire is banked or extinguished

    _ The boiler pressure is at least 20 psi below the pop valve setting.

         When all these conditions are met, the traction engine is considered as not being in operation.

         Each time you leave and return to a traction engine, it is good practice to check the position of every valve on it. By doing this, you ensure that all valves are correctly lined up open or closed. This is vital in determining correct water level as well as being able to add water to the boiler.

         When moving about on a traction engine, you should have 2 people on the operator’s deck. The 2nd person serves as an extra set of eyes for tending the engine/boiler and most importantly for watching out for people. It is advisable in heavy crowds that you move about slowly and responsibly. Traction engines have no brakes, and only quick operator action can prevent the darting child from becoming a fatality.

         A traction engine is only as safe as the operator. Careless operators have no business in this hobby as they could quickly bring it to an end for everyone. Know your engine/boiler, have it inspected as per state law, manage your water level prudently and be alert for spectators. Being safety conscious when operating traction engines ensures the hobby will be carried on responsibly for future generations.

    Written by Tim Wade, EDGE&TA Advisor

    1.  Boiler MUST have a current and valid state inspection in accordance with all applicable state laws concerning operation/inspection of antique/hobby boilers in order to participate in an EDGETA sponsored event.
    2.  Valid state inspection certificate must be posted in a conspicuous location.
    3.  If the state you live in does not have any requirements, the following guidelines must be adhered to and information collected by a certified boiler inspector.
    4. The only requirement EDGETA makes of antique steam/hobby boilers is that they maintain a current state inspection. It is up to the individual owner to research state law as well as insuring his equipment maintains a current state inspection. State law takes the place of any EDGETA recommendations.
    5. EDGETA recommends the following: (recommendations taken from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Historical Boilers Non-mandatory Appendix C Sections C-4000 to C-7100.)

    Historical Boilers

      An inspector, acceptable of the jurisdiction, who has demonstrated knowledge with historical boilers, shall document the results of examinations and tests. The following examinations and tests shall be performed:

    • An internal and external visual inspection.
    • Ultrasonic thickness testing and evaluation of all pressure retaining boundaries.  Ultrasonic results in areas of generalized thinning (3 inches in diameter or greater) or where grooved thinning is noted (2 inches in length or greater) are to be used in calculating MAWP in accordance with C-8000.
    • A hydrostatic pressure test at 1.25 times maximum allowable working pressure  (MAWP), but in no case shall the test procedure be exceeded by more than 6%.
    • The inspector may require other examinations to be performed, including but not  limited to:
    1. An ultrasonic traverse wave examination in two directions at 90 degrees of each other of the longitudinal lap seam for cracks located between or adjacent to rivet holes.
    2. A magnetic particle examination of 100% of the longitudinal seam riveted area and an ultrasonic (longitudinal wave mode) of all firebox stay bolts and rivets.
    3. An ultrasonic examination (longitudinal wave mode) of all firebox stay bolts and rivets.
    4. A liquid penetrate examination.
    5. Drilling and trepanning of pressure retaining components.

    Recurring inspection requirements

      The following examinations and tests shall be performed:

    • Annual visual internal and external inspection.
    • Annual visual inspection of the fusible plug to determine the condition of the threads in the crown sheet and on the fusible plug. The fusible plug shall be removed, inspected and confirmed as an ASME Std. plug.
    • Annual hydrostatic test at a pressure at least equal to MAWP up to 1.25 times MAWP, but in no case shall test pressure exceed 1.25 MAWP by more than 6%.
    • Every 5 years ultrasonic thickness testing.

    Safety Devices and Controls

      Each boiler shall be equipped with the following safety devices and controls. Pressure relief valves(s), gage glasses, try-cocks and pressure gages shall be tested during each inspection.

    Pressure relief valves

    • Shall be National Board capacity certified.
    • Shall be sealed by an ASME “V” Stamp assembler or NB “VR” repair firm.
    • Pressure relief valve(s) shall have a test lever.
    • No valve of any description shall be placed between the required pressure relief valve or valves and the boiler, nor on the discharge pipe to the atmosphere.
    • The piping connection between the boiler and the safety valve shall not be less than the inlet size of the safety valve and the discharge pipe, if used, shall not be reduced between the safety valve and the point of discharge.
    • The required pressure relief valve capacity in pounds per hour shall be calculated by boiler heating surface and the type of fuel used. Excessive pressure relief valve capacity should be avoided. (Only heating surface above the grates to be used.)

    Minimum pounds of steam per hour per square foot of heating surface

    Boiler heating surface Fire tube boiler Water tube boiler

    Hand fired 5 6

    Stoker fired 7 8

    Oil, gas or pulverized fuel fired 8 10

    Gage Glass

    • Shall be fit with a guard to protect it the gage glass.
    • Shall indicate the minimum safe operating water level.
    • Shall be provided with a drain valve or petcock, piped to a safe location.
    • Shall be fully operational.

    Try-Cocks

    • Shall be correctly located in reference to the minimum required water level.
    • Shall be fully operational.

    Fusible Plug

    • All boilers shall have a fusible plug unless equipped and operated with automatic controls.
    • All fusible plugs shall be constructed to meet the requirements of the ASME code and indicated as such by the ASME marking on the filler material.
    • Fireside fusible plugs may not protrude into the fire area more than one inch.
    • Fusible plugs shall not be refilled.

    Pressure Gage

    • Tested and proven accurate at the time of the annual pressure test.
    • Siphon, or water seal, shall be installed between pressure gage and boiler.
    • If a valve is installed between the gage and the boiler, the valve shall indicate the open position or be wired open.
    • The dial range of the gage shall be adequate, i.e. 1 ½ to 2 times MAWP.

    Appurtenances Piping and Fittings

      All boiler piping and fittings shall meet the following requirements:

    • Threaded openings shall follow accepted standard piping requirements.
    • Schedule 80, black pipe (SA-53 B or SA-106 B for seamless pipe) shall be used from the boiler to the first valve.
    • All steam piping components shall be used in the manner for which they were designed and shall not exceed manufacturer’s pressure rating.
    • The boiler shall be equipped with 2 means of supplying feed water while the boiler is under pressure. Pumped water shall be heated.
    • The blow down line shall be plugged off during the time the boiler is operating on display or piped to a safe point of discharge.
    • All piping shall be properly supported.

    Revised 2-21-2005

  • Q. What brought on the change in EDGETA policy concerning steam – all steam owners must have a valid state inspection before being approved to operate their equipment at an EDGETA branch show?
    A. Since the Medina explosion, the Board of Directors (BOD) wants to be sure all EDGETA steam is covered by a state inspection.

    Q. Was the insurance carrier involved in this change?
    A. No, the insurance carrier was not involved in this change. This was a policy the BOD discussed and decided to initiate.

    Q. My state has no formal state inspection. How does this affect me?
    A. The BOD has furnished steam inspection guidelines that are to be followed and completed by a certified boiler inspector in the event your state does not have a formal inspection.

    Q. Will the Medina explosion really have a noticeable effect on our (EDGETA) insurance?
    A. We are taking steps to make sure that any additional steam that joins EDGETA passes a state inspection or has a certified boiler inspector perform our recommended inspection. By doing this, we are helping not only to insure the safety of the public and the steam operator; we are limiting our possible liabilities with steam.

    Q. Does the National EDGETA want to do away with steam?
    A. No. Steam is a part of our agricultural and industrial heritage and we want to continue to promote this. The BOD wants to ensure our steam program is a safe one for both the public and the steam operators.

    Q.  I have several small steam models, such as Mammod steam traction engines. Are inspections required on these?
    ANo, an inspection is not required on this type of steam. Full and scale size traction engines require an inspection. Likewise, full size and scale model boilers require a state inspection. Steam toys, such as the Mammod line of products, do not require inspections.

        This document last modified on February 21, 2005

Youth Driver Certification Program

  • March 31, 2009

    TO: All Branches of EDGE&TA

    Subject: Youth Driver Certification

              Our insurance carrier, agreed to allow the youth, between 12 and 16 years of age or until the youth reaches the age a Motor Vehicle Operators License from the state in which he/she resides can be obtained, who are members of EDGE&TA, have completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program and passed the Operational Safety Tests, to operate tractors and other motorized vehicles at EDGE&TA functions. Additional insurance premium for the current year will not be required. The training program is to be conducted by the parent or sponsor of the youth at home or at a location away from the general public at an EDGE&TA function. The training is to consist of familiarization with the various parts of the vehicle. These parts include the location of the, clutch, brakes, brake locks or parking brake, shift pattern, fuel shut off valve, ignition switch, starter, fuel tank and type of fuel used, PTO and belt pulley operation (if vehicle is so equipped), and any other special features of the vehicle. When the parent or sponsor is satisfied the youth driver has mastered the above items, instruction in the safe operation of the vehicle would begin. It is recommended the youth driver complete several hours of supervised operation of the vehicle at home or at a location away from the general public. Included in the operational phase of the instruction should be: starting and shutting the vehicle off, smoothly moving or stopping the vehicle, backing the vehicle up, parking the vehicle as if to leave it parked for a period of time, backing the vehicle into position to hook up to some kind of equipment, following other vehicles at a safe parade distance, and operating the vehicle where people of other equipment are present.

              When the parent or sponsor is satisfied the youth driver has had adequate training to operate the vehicle safely he/she will complete the Applicant Test Form for the testing phase of the program and submit it to the branch officers. The branch officers would then schedule a time for testing.

              A committee appointed by the branch officers would conduct the attached tests. Those on the committee must include at least one branch officer and the branch Safety Officer. The parent or sponsor must accompany the youth during the testing phase of the program. When the test has been completed, the Application Form would be signed by the Branch President and/or Branch Safety Officer, and then forwarded to the National Director in charge of the Youth Driver Program who will issue the Youth Driver Training Certification Card. A temporary Certification card may be issued by the branch for a 30 day period or until the EDGE&TA Safety Officer returns the official card. The National Director will complete the Youth Driver Training Card and return it to the Branch President and/or Safety officer for presentation to the youth driver. The Certification Card will remain in effect until the youth driver reaches the age required to obtain a Motor Vehicle License from the state in which he/she resides. If the youth driver changes vehicles a new certification would be required to include the new vehicle.

    Don Young, National Safety Director
    P.O. Box 635
    Pearblossom, CA  93553
    Phone 661-733-6816
    Email: [email protected]

    Revised: March 31, 2009

  • EARLY DAY GAS ENGINE & TRACTOR ASSN
    YOUTH DRIVER TRAINING/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
    (12 TO 16 YEARS OF AGE)
    Instructor Information

    1. The instruction and training phase of the certification program is to be accomplished by the parent or sponsor of the youth over a period of time prior to administration of the testing phase of the program. This training may be conducted at home or a location away from the general public at an EDGE&TA function. The instruction and training phase should consist of familiarization and operation of various parts of the vehicle to include the location of the clutch, brakes, brake locks or parking brake, shift pattern, fuel shut off valve, ignition switch, starter, fuel tank and type fuel used, PTO and belt pulley operation (if vehicle is so equipped), emergency shut down procedures and any other special features of the vehicle.
    2. When the parent or sponsor feels the youth has acquired sufficient knowledge to safely operate the equipment, the application form is to be completed and presented to the branch person conducting the testing phase of the program.
    3. At a designated time and place the driver testing program would be conducted by the Safety Officer and the branch instructors. The number of instructors required will depend upon the number of students to be tested and the time allotted for the test. Safety-The Safety Officer or his designated representative will discuss the safety rules for the show grounds, parades, and tractor pulls (if applicable) with the applicants. When this has been completed the applicants will return to their respective equipment. The applicants will wait by their equipment until the instructor authorized them to get on the equipment.
    4. Familiarization Testing-(Test #1) The instructor will discuss the basic operation of the equipment with the student to determine if the student was familiar with the equipment. When the instructor is satisfied the student is qualified to begin the operational phase of the test the student would get on the tractor/equipment and demonstrate to the instructor their knowledge and the location of the following items on that particular piece of equipment:

    _ Ignition switch/starter switch.
    _ Throttle, choke, and fuel shut off valve.
    _ Clutch (foot or hand depending on the type of tractor).
    _ Brake and brake locks.
    _ Shifter and shift pattern.
    _ Belt pulley control.
    _ PTO control.
    _ Emergency shut down procedures.

    The instructor will have the student start the equipment, move it a short distance in low gear, and bring it to a safe, smooth stop. (This may be repeated several times if the instructor feels it is necessary.) After the instructor is satisfied the student has demonstrated his/her ability to control the equipment in a safe manner, the instructor will circle (PASS or FAIL) and sign the application form for Test #l, and have the student line up behind the tractor leading the parade test.

    1. Parade Test-(Test #2) The instructor driving the lead tractor will conduct the group of students on a short parade, stopping and starting several times to insure that the students are able to maintain the proper distance between his/her equipment and the one in front of each of them. (EDGE&TA Parade Safety Rules will apply.) After the instructor is satisfied each of the students has demonstrated his/her ability to control the equipment in a safe manner, the instructor will circle (PASS or FAIL) and sign the application form for Test #2, and have the student proceed to the next section of the test. Backing the Vehicle Test-(Test #3) The student will back the vehicle up a small incline and/or up to a set of cones then stop the vehicle, shift into neutral gear, set the parking brake, and remove his/her feet from brake pedals to ensure the parking brakes are working. (If an incline is not available the student may back up into a set of cones, stopping as close as possible to the cones without knocking them over.) The student, when signaled by the instructor, will put the vehicle in gear and safely drive forward from the incline or cone area and stop. The instructor will circle (PASS or Fail) and sign the application form for Test #3 and have the student drive back to the starting area or to the next area for testing.
    2. Pull Test-(Test #4) (This test applies only if the student will be entering pulling competition or pulling other equipment.) The instructor has the student back up to some piece of equipment (sled or other equipment). After backing the tractor safely into position the student stops the tractor, shift into neutral gear, and raise both hands to signal they were ready to hook up to the equipment. When the equipment has been hooked up to the tractor, the student then shifts the tractor into low gear and safely moves the equipment a short distance. The student stops the tractor and unhooks from the equipment when the instructor was satisfied the student has demonstrated his/her ability to control the tractor in a safe manner. The instructor would circle (PASS or FAIL) and sign the application form for Test #4, and have the student drive safely back to the starting area. The Student returns to the starting area and waits for the Safety Officer/Instructor to sign the application and issue the temporary driving certificate. Once the student has received the temporary certificate he/she will be allowed to participate in parades, pulls, and other activities the same as members who have a valid Motor Vehicle Operators License. If additional equipment/tractors are to be added to the certificate, a new test for that equipment/tractor would be administered.

    Revised: March 31, 2009

  • Please submit the following online form: Youth Driver Training / Certification Program Application 

Barrel Trains

  • Underwriting:

       There is no additional charge for barrel rides; they are covered in the base premium. However, the following is required and must be adhered to before our insurance will cover a barrel ride.

    1. Metal barrels must have a protective edge guard where barrels have been cut.
    2. Plastic barrels must have the edges smooth and rounded so as not to scratch or cut a passenger when getting in or out.
    3. A conductor, who is an EDGE&TA member, must accompany barrel ride at all times.
    4. Driver must be an EDGE&TA member, hold a permanent driver’s license, and be at least Twenty one (21) years old. See Notes below.
    5. The driver should not have to look around to watch the riders in the barrels. We must have some way for the conductor to alert the driver that the train needs to stop or give the driver information at all times. It is recommended that the driver and conductor wear radio headsets for communication, unless the conductor has a designated seat on the pulling vehicle looking back at the barrel ride and he can communicate directly with the driver.
    6. Pulling vehicle may only be a small farm tractor (40 hp or less). Pulling vehicle must be equipped with adequate and good working brakes and be heavy enough to stop the barrel train with full load. It is recommended that the pulling vehicle weigh more than 2000 pounds. No ATV’s, automobiles, pickups, garden tractors or animals may be used to pull the barrel ride.
    7. Speed must be controlled not to exceed 3 MPH.
    8. The exhaust must be pointed up and away from the driver and the barrels.
    9. Pictures of the Barrel Ride Trains must be submitted to the Safety Committee for approval. It is up to the builder to make sure the construction is sound and safe.
    10. If you are interested in building a barrel train, contact the Safety director for information.

         *See Notes Below for suggestions and information on building a Barrel Train.

    1. The requirements for a barrel train to be pulled with a gardentractor in addition to those listed above are as follows:
      1. Garden tractors must weigh a minimum of 675# without the driver.
      2. The barrel train is limited to 4 barrels. The weight of the barrels and the children must not exceed the weight of the garden tractor. Barrels and the garden tractors must be weighed prior to the event so that the operators will have a feel for their limitations during the event. Barrels and a child should weigh in the vicinity of 150#.
      3. Only children older than 3 or younger than 12(limited to children less than 5 ft tall)may ride in the barrels. No adults are allowed to ride in the barrels except to accommodate children with special needs. In that case only two barrels and the two kids with their adult escort are pulled at a time, so the average load per cart does not exceed 150#.
      4. Children must be supervised by an adult while loading and unloading from the barrel train. During the ride it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the children stay seated and keep their hands inside the barrels at all times (no rubbing the tires) when the train is moving.  Garden tractors should beequipped with dual mirrors or have a walking conductor with a radio contact with the driver.Drivers must not allow teenagers or adults to ride in the barrels. A designated loading and unloading area should be identified.
      5. The route for the barrel train must be reasonably level, no hills. The surface must be hard packed, paved, with no grass or wet areas. The route shall be predetermined with the safety of the children in mind.
      6. The speed must be kept to no more than a normal walking speed.
      7. Be sure the barrel is level when hooked up to the tractor, and that the safety pins are in place.
      8. Remember that garden tractors are not designed to pull additional loads, they are designed to stop only the operator and the tractor itself. Therefore they must be operated on flat areas, preferably paved, and at slow speeds.

    *Notes and comments on the barrel train:

    • We have had questions of the age of the driver. If a 16 year old has a license he legally can only haul 1 person in some states. To haul people on the street you have to have a CDL. We don’t  want to go there.
    • It is suggested that following the last barrel, there be a cart/caboose with a mounted seat for the conductor to ride. This seat should be a comfortable ride for the conductor. The conductor tells the tractor driver when train is loaded and when to start. The conductor can also tell the driver to stop in case on an emergency. The driver should not have to look around to watch the riders in the barrels.
    • We can give you plans, pictures, drawings and advice, but it is up to the builder to make sure the construction is sound and safe.
    • The length of the tongue and drawbar, and weight distribution are important on the way the cart trails and turns. (Pictures of a barrel car with dimensions will be added later)
    • Each barrel and cart will weigh anywhere from 65 to 85 pounds depending on the material you use.
    • Using 10 barrels, this will be a weight of 850 pounds.
  • Sketches

    Plans for Building a Barrel Train

    1. The length of the tongue and drawbar is important to make the barrel follow properly.
    2. There are many ways to build a barrel train.  This is a heavy duty and stable barrel car.
    3. Width is for stability of the barrel car and is very important.
    4. Pictures of a completed barrel train on request.
    5. Don’t forget to build a caboose for the conductor to ride on.

    Revised: August 31, 2009

Kiddie Tractor Pull

  • Safety requirements:

    1. The contestant must be able to pedal the tractor with his or her feet without assistance.
    2. Contestant must wear shoes. Closed toe, with rubber soles is recommended.
    3. Contestant must not touch wheels & must keep feet on pedals while pulling.
    4. Contestant must remain seated on tractor during the pull.
    5. SAFETYof the child is a concern we need to address. It is not likely that a child is going to hit a spectator while pedaling the tractor, but we should rope off the area anyway. Many clubs have this as a fun thing for the kids and don’t get involved in the competitive part and give every child a prize. There will be more hurt feelings among the parents than the actual children doing the pedaling. So we have to be discrete in our actions too. Make it fun and make it safe for everyone. The above are safety requirements to make it safe.

       Below are suggested guidelines if you are going to have a competitive Kiddie pull.

    Suggested guidelines for a competitive Kiddie Pull

    1 All contestants will be given two chances to get the sled moving from the starting line.

    1. The pulling tractor must stay between the lines while pulling. If the tractor crosses one of the side lines, the pull is over & the pull will be measured to where it crossed the side line.
    2. Contestant will be disqualified for backing up, jerking the tractor, or stomping the pedals.
    3. Boys & girls will pull together.
    4. Weigh-in of contestant will be at registration.

        Class A 0-40 pounds

        Class B 40-55 pounds

        Class C 55-70 pounds

    1. Contestant must be present when it is their time to pull or be disqualified.
    2. PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST SIGN RELEASE AND MUST BE PRESENT DURING PULL.
    3. In case of a tie, a pull-off will be held.
    4. Club will provide tractor & sled
    5. The pull area should be roped off to keep spectators, parents, etc. out of the way
    6. Prizes: Prizes will be given in each class. Each contestant should receive a ribbon.
    7. Winners will be determined by the tractor club judges and will be final.

    Notes: You can change these classes. You can add age limits. Most people try to make a progressive weight sled and make it look like the big tractor pull sled. You can also take a log chain and do the same thing. You fold the chain back and forth and when it pulls out full length you will find it will be hard to pull. You might have to experiment with the length and size of chain for the different classes

    August 2, 2007

Accident Review Requirements

    1. The accident investigation committee shall consist of the branch safety officer (chairman) assisted by the branch president and vice president.
    2. Should any of the 3 accident investigation committee members be involved in the accident under investigation, they will be replaced by the senior director(s) in the branch.
    3. If an accident occurs, first call 911.
    4. The accident must be reported to the Insurance agent & EDGE&TA within 24 hours or if on a weekend, then the next business day.
    5. The accident investigation committee shall investigate the accident and their written report of this investigation shall be forwarded to the Insurance agent within 72 hours of the investigation.

        Notification of an accident must also be reported to the National Safety Committee.

    1. The accident investigation should include the following:
      1. Were EDGE&TA safety guidelines followed? If yes, which ones? If no, which ones?
      2. Photographs of the accident from several angles (This should not be digital pictures. These should be on regular film and submitted in duplicate with negatives)
      3. Statements of those involved in the accident as well as eyewitnesses to the accident
      4. Day, date, time and location of accident
      5. Copies of any other supporting information such as police reports.

           A police report is a must, if possible, on any claim. If a bodily injury, it is mandatory. The local police, Sheriff or State Police, could make this report.

    1. A Fire department report, if one was filled out.
    2. A Rescue Squad report or ambulance report, if one was filled out.
    1. The National Safety committee will review all reports. This committee will be made up of the National Safety Officer and two EDGE&TA board members. The National Safety Committee must review and make recommendations with 30 days of the event. The National Safety Committee will work with the Insurance Agent in the evaluation of this event and in making their recommendations.

    Important:

    1. You should print off copies of the Notice of Insurance Occurrence/Claim Form.
    2. Branch Officers should have copies of this form available at a Branch sponsored show.

     

    Revised: March 23, 2006