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Tractor Trouble


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3 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

I just wondered, Rog, whether it is legal to drive a vintage tractor on public roads when it has no protective cab. I do like the look of old tractors and I presume that red Massey you show is the one where you worked - very nice.:)

 

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1 hour ago, Always"watching" said:

I just wondered, Rog, whether it is legal to drive a vintage tractor on public roads when it has no protective cab. I do like the look of old tractors and I presume that red Massey you show is the one where you worked - very nice.:)

I'm not sure if it's legal to drive an old tractor with no protection on the road, Honour, though judging by the amount that turn up at country shows, I would imagine that some at least are driven there, the others coming on trailers. Open topped tractors these days have a roll over bar behind the driver to prevent serious injury should the machine roll over...

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We had several tractors on the estate when I was working...the vintage MF pictured with the topper in the thread above, as well as two Fords...the 1920 with a cab,

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...and the smaller Ford New Holland. On this one, we had the roll bar folded down as it was for ever catching on a lytch gate that was at the entrance to one of the paddocks.

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The proper way to break a tractor in half requires a mostly stock mid 60s Farmall 1206. These were the first factory turbocharged tractors manufactured.

Re: Road operation in the U.K.
From what I've seen on YouTube, as long as you have a number plate and original safety equipment (on old machines that consists of rear brakes), you are good to go. Here in Ontario Canada, we have a magical thing called an SMV sign.

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I can drive a tractor on any combination of the road and shoulder I please, pulling almost all manner of things, as long as I have an orange triangle and don't exceed 25 MPH. Oh, if it is past sunset, I must have two front lights and one rear marker light. Kind of a drag. :laugh:

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William

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5 hours ago, William_Wilson said:

Road operation in the U.K.
From what I've seen on YouTube, as long as you have a number plate and original safety equipment (on old machines that consists of rear brakes), 

"Tractor speed limit to rise by 5mph to 25mph. The speed limit for tractors will rise from 20mph to 25mph in March 2015, the Department for Transport has announced. The combined maximum weight limit for tractors and trailers in England, Wales and Scotland will also rise from 24 tonnes to 31 tonnes." The weight is gross train weight. There are also restrictions on road use, regarding fuel. Which is a grey area. For short distance within a specified operating radius, you can run on the road with subsidised "gas oil" (red diesel) for anything else it's "white DERV" same as cars and trucks. Some areas strictly police it, some don't. The speed limit is a joke, and never really enforced. The thing that usually happens is haulage contractors "grass off" anyone using high speed tractors to undercut their business, and that stops them. 

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On 03/03/2020 at 05:00, WRENCH said:

"Tractor speed limit to rise by 5mph to 25mph. The speed limit for tractors will rise from 20mph to 25mph in March 2015, the Department for Transport has announced. The combined maximum weight limit for tractors and trailers in England, Wales and Scotland will also rise from 24 tonnes to 31 tonnes." The weight is gross train weight. There are also restrictions on road use, regarding fuel. Which is a grey area. For short distance within a specified operating radius, you can run on the road with subsidised "gas oil" (red diesel) for anything else it's "white DERV" same as cars and trucks. Some areas strictly police it, some don't. The speed limit is a joke, and never really enforced. The thing that usually happens is haulage contractors "grass off" anyone using high speed tractors to undercut their business, and that stops them. 

In Ontario, we have a plethora of fuel regulations. You need a fairly large farm operation to justify meeting all of the fuel storage regulations. This has curtailed truckers running farm diesel to some extent. The vast majority of MoT inspections are performed on divided provincial highways, which are not open to farm machinery. Anyway, the things farmers get caught out on around here are bad tires, no SMV sign, lack of safety chains and improperly secured loads. Also, the occasional abandonment of common sense.

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