Now that’s one big plow.
Volunteers at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum have smashed the world record by assembling and using a 77-foot-wide agricultural plow, the world’s largest.
Held last week at the Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede, the event was the highlight of the feature attraction, the Rumely Product Collectors Expo.
Organizers assembled a larger-than-planned 66-bottom plow, built completely from Canadian-made Cockshutt plows manufactured in Brantford, Ontario.
Bill Cockshutt, the last CEO of the iconic Canadian company before it was purchased by another machinery manufacturer, was on hand to drop the ceremonial first plow shear into the ground.
The first plowing pass was by 100-year-old 30-60 E Rumely OilPull tractors. The event originally called for four E Rumely OilPulls to pull the plow but rain earlier in the week degraded plowing conditions and a fifth tractor was needed.
“We were excited to break the record for the world’s largest usable plow with 30-60 E Rumely OilPull tractors as they created this record in 1911,” said Erron Leafloor, the plow’s chief engineer.
Case steam engines bettered the original Rumely with a 50 plow bottom record in 2005.
“We thought it was fitting to recapture this record for Rumely OilPulls on their 100th birthday,” he added.
As an encore, and to show how tractor technology has advanced, a single 535-hp New Holland four-wheel-drive tractor with ATI tracks was hooked up to the massive plow. Despite being only one tractor, it pulled the plow admirably with 65 plow bottoms in the ground.
Both records are to be authenticated by the World Records Academy.
Expo co-chair Elliot Sims believes this year’s Rumely tractor feature and world record-breaking successes made the 2010 Threshermen’s Reunion a grand success.
“People came from across North America, Europe and Australia to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Sims.
“We can be very proud that the Manitoba Agricultural Museum is the holder of both world class records.”
Official photos and a professional video outlining the process of design and assembly will be available in 2011. [email protected]