17 May 1996

LOOKING FOR A TOP OPERATOR

THE search for Britains top tractor driver starts here. The winner will be a versatile operator who has both technical knowledge and practical experience.

Safe operation of equipment and working within the law give the right message to non-farmers living in the country. If you think you have the necessary skills to be Tractor Driver of the Year 96 and an ambassador for the industry, then you can choose one of two entry routes:

1. Qualification rounds are held at Young Farmers Club rallies, local shows, agricultural colleges and machinery clubs.

2. Complete this entry form correctly and win a place through the postal elimination rounds.

Both routes combine to provide 100 competitors who will take part in semi-finals at the Royal Show in July, for which a free ticket will be provided.

The top five semi-finalists then move on to the grand final at Silsoe Research Institute, Wrest Park, Silsoe in August.

In the box opposite are 14 questions to assess your knowledge of tractor operation and safety laws. Select the answer by ticking the box you think is correct.

The overall winner will receive an engraved trophy and a cheque for £1000. All finalists receive prizes and mementoes of the occasion.

Your route to the final starts by picking up a pen, ticking the correct answers, reading the rules and sending in the form. Do it now!


RULES

1. There is no entry fee, but each attempt must be made in ink on the proper farmers weekly printed coupon or entry form, not a photocopy, and must bear the entrants own signature and address.

2. All accepted entries will be examined, and those that in the opinion of the judges have correctly answered the questions will be asked to take part in the eliminator, from which the Royal Show competitors will be selected.

3. Any entries received after the closing date will be disqualified, as will any that are incomplete, mutilated, illegible, bearing alterations, or which do not comply with the instructions and rules exactly. No responsibility will be accepted for entries delayed or lost in the post or otherwise. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery. Closing date is Jun 3 1996.

4. The decision of the judges and of the Editor of farmers weekly in all other matters affecting the competition will be final and legally binding. No correspondence can be entered into.

5. The Tractor Driver 96 competition is open to all those who are working on farms (16 years and over, employed or self-employed) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland except 1995 finalists and the employees and their families of Reed Business Publishing, ATB Landbase, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Silsoe Research Institute, Massey Ferguson, John Deere, New Holland and Case and of farmers weeklys printers.


1.The old standard 3t trailer does not require brakes in

normal road use.

a) True &#42

b) Falsen

2.The pressure in the external hydraulic system of an

average tractor is most

likely to be about?

a) 200 barn

b) 20 barn

c) 2 barn

3.What order should the links be attached when hitching a power harrow to the three-point-linkage?

a) PTO shaftn

b) Left lower link (Nearside)n

c) Top linkn

d) Right lower link (Offside)n

4.It is acceptable practice to lubricate the chains of a baler with the machine rotating very slowly

a) Truen

b) Falsen

5.Which way should you be facing when you dismount from a tractor?

a) Facing into the cabn

b) Facing out of the cabn

c) Eithern

6.What is the maximum legal speed of a normal tractor on the road?

a) 30 kph (18mph)n

b) 40 kph (25mph)n

c) 80 kph (50mph)n

d) depends how it is

licensedn

7.What is the maximum fine which can be imposed in a Magistrates court for contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

a) £2000n

b) £5000n

c) £20,000n

8.The length of the combinations of tractor drawing two unladen trailers may not exceed is……

a) 15m (49ft)n

b) 20m (65ft)n

c) 26m (85ft)n

9.Another person is required to warn other road users of possible dangers when the overall width exceeds….

a) 2.5m (8ft)n

b) 3.0m (10ft)n

c) 3.5m (11ft)n

10.How old to you have to be to drive an average sized

combine on the road

(assuming you have a licence)

a) 16yrsn

b) 17yrsn

c) 21yrsn

d) 25yrsn

11.When tipping a trailer what is the advised clearance you should give overhead power lines (electric power cables) being carried on wooden poles?

a) 5m (16ft)n

b) 7m (23ft)n

c) 9m (30ft)n

d) 15m (49ft)n

12.What is the function of an intercooler?

a) enables a drinks cooler &#42

to be fitted &#42

b) provides air conditioningn

c) keeps the engine coolern

d) enables more air to

get into the engine &#42

13.What level of wheelslip can you spot by eye at a distance of 6m (20ft) from a working tractor

a) below 10%n

b) 10-15%n

c) 15-20%n

d) 20-25%n

e) above 25%n

14.What should increase work rate if the tractors progress is limited by wheelslip?

a) use a lower gearn

b) reduce throttle settingn

c) decrease implement

widthn

TRACTOR DRIVER 96 COMPETITION

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Occupation…………………………………………………………………………..

Employers name and address (where applicable)………………………

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I agree to abide by the rules. Signed……………………………………..

Send completed entry form to Tractor Driver 96, Royal Agricultural Society of England, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwicks CV8 2LZ, to arrive no later than June 3.

The 95 winner, Philip Luckin, from Broomlands Farm, Horsham.