Some Important Information Concerning Pulling Sleds
Because there are no companies, manufacturers or how-to books available for constructing a pulling sled (also known as "weight transfer machines"), most of them are actually built by an individual in their own private garage from a lot of imagination and parts availability. It greatly depends on a sled builder's preferences and a foreseeable knowledge of the laws of physics on how well a pulling sled is built, operate and function. Also, an experienced tractor puller can tell a poorly constructed sled from one that performs with excellence. To be a successful and competitive puller, the puller must understand the pulling vehicle, plus the fundamentals of a sled.
Swivel VS. Non-Swivel Skid Pans -
Some people may have different thoughts on this, but in our opinion, swivel (center pivot or "fifth wheel type" of connection) skid pans don't work near as well as a pan having two leg supports. I have noticed that a swivel pan will sometimes cause a high speed tractor to "jerk" side to side while pulling. This is very dangerous and could break something on the tractor or cause the tractor to go out of control and possibly injure the driver. We've seen some tractors have to stop about halfway down the track because the "side to side jerking" gotten so bad. And the track officials would measure the distance where the tractor stopped, too.
For safety, don't make the pan swivel side to side. Attach it to the two "leg" supports and fasten a heavy bolt or pin crossways on each side of the pan and into each leg. Make the pan so it'll "float" with the contours of the track, but not rotate or swivel side to side.
On rare occasions, a swivel pan could cause a [high speed] tractor to suddenly whip to the side severely, and if the weight box is "topped out" when this happens, 90% of the weight of the sled will be transferred directly over the pan, causing the sled to be top heavy. This could cause the entire sled to topple over. This has been known to happen! It's not a pretty sight, either.
So as you can imagine, a pan with two "leg" supports works much better than any sled with a swivel pan. In fact, a sled with two "leg" supports will be much more safe and stable. Plus, the sled will follow the tractor straight down the track, causing no problems whatsoever. Also, if you are thinking of constructing a sled, make the pan so it'll "float" with the contours of track (when the front and rear of the pan can move up and down). And our sled design will allow the frame of the sled to flex, allowing both the tires and pan to have full contact on the ground at all times.
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Information about Brian Miller's One-of-a-Kind Motorized/Self-Propelled Garden Tractor Pulling Sled -
Dubbed by many professional pullers as the "best sled in the nation" and it's "way ahead of its time" (not bragging, just stating a fact), "Track Master" pulling sled has style, beauty and grace. It's easy to start, get speed and sure to stop. "Track Master" was designed, constructed and engineered solely by Brian Miller in late 1992 and completed in 1995. It took about 6 months to draw the plans on paper and 2 years (off and on) to build it. A stock 14hp Kohler engine, which sits next to the operator on the rear, propels it. A hydraulically controlled front axle with small steering wheels lowers which raises the skid pan off the ground, making it easy to maneuver.
Professionally-built for garden tractors, ATVs, motorcycle engine-powered pulling tractors and small-wheel mini-rods. The total weight of the entire sled is about 6,000 lbs. There's about 2,000 lbs. in the weight box, which has 8 control [distance] speeds. When the box is in the rest position at the rear, the front of the sled (skid pan) is very light, making the sled easy to start pulling. When the box is "topped out," about 5,400 lbs. or 90% of the total weight of the sled is transferred over the skid pan, stopping garden tractors efficiently. This sled can be used for all garden tractors, light- to heavy-weight ATVs and with added weight in the pan, it'll stop 1,500 lb. "small wheel" (26-12.00x12 tires) mini-rods!
The rental price is $500.00 per event plus $1.00 per mile one way from Columbia, Missouri to your pull site. If it's a two day event at the same location, then the second day will be half price, less mileage. No refund(s) whatsoever if event(s) are rained out.
The rental price includes use of our sled, weighing scales (from Central City Scales [http://www.ccscales.com]) with a portable 4' x 8' platform connected to a large easy-to-read electronic digital display. We also furnish a convenient and very accurate electronic distance measuring system (from Agri-Tronix Sled Monitor System [http://www.atcindus.com]) with an easy-to-read digital sled monitor and a remote display that's placed on a table at the announcer's/judge's stand. Our sled has two filled fire extinguishers with quick access, plus the ability to pull even the toughest killswitch!
We use our sled on dirt (clay) tracks only. Rather if it's a small community homecoming, special fund-raising event, county fair, state fair or an NQS event, "Track Master" pulling sled will provide a quality show for all ages to participate in or come to watch. It's easy to start and sure to stop, even on short, indoor tracks. If you have an event and want a crowd drawing attraction, give us a call. And we go wherever our sled and equipment is needed and we operate them. Click here to read and print out our sled rental agreement.
If you'd like to rent "Track Master," please contact A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises | 1501 W. Old Plank Rd. | Columbia, MO 65203-9136 USA | Phone: 1-573-875-4033. Please call Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, Central time. If no answer, please try again later. (When speaking with Brian, please be patient because I stutter.) Fax: 1-573-449-7347. E-mail: email@example.com. You can also contact us through Yahoo! Messenger: Find us here: Directions to our shop | Yahoo! Maps, 1501 W. Old Plank Rd., Columbia, MO | 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO - Google Maps or Map of 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO by MapQuest.
For a North American Sled Operator's Association rule book, contact: Steve Zimmer at 740-336-1319 or 740-410-1224.
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Automotive Rear End Narrowing Service -
For a mini-rod pulling vehicle, street rod/hot rod, to control the weight box in a pulling sled, etc. Details include:
Miller Pulling Promotions - "Track Master" Pulling Sled Rental Agreement
Name of Fairground or Pull Site:________________________________________________________________________
Agreed Price for Rental of Miller's Sled, Scales and Measuring Device:$________________________________________
Date(s) & Time(s) for Pull(s):__________________________________________________________________________
Directions to Pull Site(s):______________________________________________________________________________
Location (Address) of Pull Site:_________________________________________________________________________
The Terms in this Agreement are Approved
Accepted by: Brian and Billy
Address:_____________________________________________ City:___________________ State:____ Zip:___________
Please contact Miller Pulling Promotions for prior approval of this agreement in case we have another pull scheduled on the same day as yours, and if threatening weather should occur on the day of your pull. Make a copy of this agreement for your records. Remit to: Miller Pulling Promotions, 1501 W. Old Plank Rd., Columbia, MO 65203-9136 | Phone: 1-573-875-4033 | Fax: 1-573-449-7347 | E-mail: email@example.com | Web site: http://gardentractorpullingtips.com/a1sled.htm
A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises | 1501 W. Old Plank Rd. | Columbia, MO 65203-9136 USA | Phone: 1-573-875-4033. Please call Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, Central time. If no answer, please try again later. (When speaking with Brian, please be patient because I stutter.) Fax: 1-573-449-7347. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us through Yahoo! Messenger: Find us here: Directions to our shop | Yahoo! Maps, 1501 W. Old Plank Rd., Columbia, MO | 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO - Google Maps or Map of 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO by MapQuest.
Ordering Parts -
The prices and parts in our web sites are current as of today. If you wish to place an order with me, please send us an email with a list of parts or call us at 1-573-875-4033. Tell us what part(s) you need and what you plan to use it/them on. I will need your name, mailing address and phone number so I can figure the shipping cost and mail the parts to you. Or if necessary, we'll either call or email you an invoice with the total including shipping. And for payment, I accept cash (in person), money orders, cashier's checks, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and PayPal, whatever you prefer. But if paying through PayPal, please add 5% to the total for what PayPal charge us for processing. (PayPal's surcharge.) Our PayPal account name is our email address. And our address and phone number are below. All your information is kept confidential. Prices shown are in U.S. dollars (US $). Shipping, packaging and insurance charges is extra, except where specified, and applies only to the continental United States.
To figure the shipping cost, I weigh the package with the parts, then I go online to the USPS Postage Rate Calculator web site. I type in the weight, our zip code and your zip code, and then it shows us the prices for various ways to ship the package. I always choose US Postal Service because I that's the most fastest, economical and reliable method.
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IMPORTANT - When sending your part(s) to us for rebuilding or repair, package everything securely so the item(s) won't get damaged in shipping & handling and please include a note in the box with your name, mailing address, phone number and a description of what you want done. When the work is completed, we'll either call you or email you an invoice with the total including shipping & handling. And for payment, I accept money orders, cashier's checks, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and PayPal, whatever you prefer. But if paying with PayPal, please let us know beforehand because you'll have to add 5% to the total for what PayPal charges us for processing. I will return the parts to you as soon as I receive your payment.
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