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  • Perfect! Obama Moves Tractor Factory to Cuba

    02/15/2016 11:53:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/15/16 | Jim Hoft
    Si Se Puede!It’s not just China and Mexico that are taking US jobs… Now, thanks to Barack Obama, Cuba will be building American tractors.Cleber Tractors is building a tractor plant in Cuba.USA Today reported: The Obama administration approved the first U.S. factory to be built and operated in Cuba in more than 50 years, in the latest sign of the rapidly changing relationship between the United States and the communist nation.Cleber LLC, an Alabama-based company that builds tractors for small farms, was notified by the Treasury Department that it could open a facility in Cuba. Co-founder Saul Berenthal said the...
  • DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

    08/18/2015 11:31:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 Aug 2015 | Laura Sydell
    The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Take Dave Alford. He fits that image of the iconic farmer. "I do farming on the family ranch," says Alford, standing on a piece of grassy earth with a white barn behind him. "I've been farming for the...
  • MS: Assault over gate results in Self Defense, Shooting, Death

    07/15/2015 5:15:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There are very few details in this case yet. It appears that two men were on tractors, and there was a dispute over a gate. When Jerry Lyle attempted to pull James Lawn off of the tractor, Lawn shot Lyle, who died. The investigation continues, and will be presented to a grand jury in September. Lawn has not been arrested; the authorities say that it may have been a case of self defense. From wjtv.com: Were told the shooting might have been an act of self defense. One of the men wanted the gate closed while the other one...
  • 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine - Jay Leno's Garage

    01/30/2015 1:44:51 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Sep 13, 2013 | Jay Leno's Garage
    1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine. Lovingly restored by Jay's friend Orman Rawlings, this 104-year-old steam-powered vehicle weighs 13 tons and clocks about 4 mph. If you need traction for your more rugged outdoor projects, this engine recently hauled a 55,000-pound sled!
  • John Deere Tractor vs. 1800s Steam Tractor

    05/17/2014 11:31:00 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 59 replies
    WIMP ^ | 5/17/14 | WIMP
    A modern John Deere tractor with 850 horsepower plays tug of war with an 1800s era steam tractor that has about 18 horsepower. While both are capable of getting an honest day's work done, there is only one that proves its dominance through sheer power.
  • Arkansas Grid Attack Suspect Is Indicted

    12/15/2013 2:40:43 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies
    ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY ^ | December 10, 2013 | Victoria A. Rocha
    SNIPPET: "A federal grand jury has issued an eight-count indictment against a central Arkansas man accused of damaging electric cooperative and other power facilities. Jason Woodring, 37, was indicted on charges relating to sabotage of high-voltage power lines and power stations earlier this year in several cities. Among them: a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier and destruction of energy facilities, including a 115,000-volt transmission line owned by First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville. Woodring faces up to 20 years in prison on the energy facility destruction charges, and life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge. According to an...
  • Dad in distress (Teen daughters lift tractor off dad)

    04/10/2013 6:12:46 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Albany Democrat-Herald ^ | April 07, 2013 7:00 am | Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald
    Jeff Smith was pulling a stump from his garden near McDowell Creek Park on Monday, but his mud-caked boot slipped off the tractors clutch. The machine flipped upside down and on top of him. The steering wheel pinned the 36-year-old to the dirt, pressing into his chest. He yelled for help. I was losing more and more breath every time I screamed, he said. His daughters, just home from school, were walking the familys dogs. We heard, Save me. Help me, God, said 14-year-old Haylee Smith, an eighth-grader at Hamilton Creek School. She and her sister Hannah Smith, a 16-year-old...
  • Vermont man who flattened police cruisers with tractor is folk hero to some

    08/08/2012 10:45:14 AM PDT · by matt04 · 86 replies
    He fought the law, and the law got crushed. The man who drove a tractor over several police vehicles in northern Vermont last week is on the verge of becoming a modern-day folk hero to some, with various online sites cropping up to canonize and defend the "simple farmer" from Newport, Vt. Roger Pion, 34, was so angry about his arrest last month on marijuana and other charges, he took the law into his own hands, so to speak, and flattened 6 police cruisers and a van from the ">Orleans County Sheriff's Department. The Aug. 2 incident got Pion arrested....
  • Man angry about arrest used tractor like monster truck to crush 7 cop vehicles

    08/03/2012 8:01:16 AM PDT · by Cowman · 31 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 03Aug2012 | Dave Gram
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Working in a stout former bank building with windows closed and air conditioners humming, Orleans County sheriff's deputies didn't know what was happening in their parking lot until a neighbour called 911. A man on a big farm tractor, angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, was rolling across their vehicles five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van. By the time they ran outside, the tractor was down the driveway and out onto the road. With their vehicles crushed, "We had nothing to pursue him with," said Chief Deputy...
  • N. Korea: Rocket Arsenal Pulled by Tractors

    09/18/2011 8:53:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 09/19/11
    One of tractors at a collective farm. Small number of them are said to be operated mostly to show them off to visitors.
  • Black Farmer Trucks his Tractor to Capitol Hill to Make Point (Hussein: Settlement is a 'Priority')

    09/16/2010 5:07:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Eur Web ^ | 9/16/10
    Black Farmer Trucks his Tractor to Capitol Hill to Make PointSeptember 16, 2010 at 08:25 am *Beginning Thursday, the head of the National Black Farmers Association will ride a tractor to Capitol Hill to press Congress to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers. John Boyd says he will make the ride on the tractor he named Justice each day the Senate is in session. Im sorry my tractor may slow things down, but any delay in traffic is small potatoes compared to the years of delay black farmers have endured in our pursuit of justice, he said....

    07/24/2010 5:48:30 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 7-24-10 | James
    Viral video: Is it appropriate to use children yelling profanity to push a scheme that gives $5 to unspecified charities from every $13 t-shirt they sell? CAUTION: Extreme profanity in this clip. Many F-bombs unloaded.
  • Richfield (MN) retiree gets visitor from his past: 80-year-old tractor

    12/17/2009 5:42:01 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies · 666+ views
    KARE11.com ^ | 12/17/09 | Boyd Huppert
    RICHFIELD, Minn. -- When North Dakotan Dennis McCoy gets together with his uncle Wes in his retirement high rise in Richfield, they farm at the kitchen table. "That was our first rubber-tired tractor," says Wes to Dennis as they peer at a photo of a 1938 Allis Chalmers WC. It's moments like this that have led Dennis to one of the great passions in his life: locating and restoring tractors that match the makes and models his grandfather -- Wes' dad Ed McCoy -- used on their North Dakota farm from the 1920s through the 1950s. Already he's paid for...
  • Guitar Trio and Tractor

    08/31/2009 4:52:10 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 10 replies · 656+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2009 | none
    Hilarious (if you are a musician)
  • Looking for parade suggestions (Vanity)

    07/02/2009 6:13:29 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 8 replies · 455+ views
    me and you | today | self
    I have a 1948 Farmall M (that's an old farm tractor for you non-rural types) which I plan to put in the local July 4 parade if it stops raining by then. It has a set of plows mounted on it and I'm looking for ideas for something pithy to say. So far I'm thinking "Plowed under with debt. Thanks, Washington."Suggestions welcome.Back in '04, I pulled a manure spreader with a sign on it that said "Political Promises Here". Got lots of thumbs up along the route. The turd hearse has since been given away, unfortunately.
  • 50MPG in a full size Pickup with a tractor engine!

    06/25/2009 4:25:58 PM PDT · by Boiling point · 43 replies · 2,299+ views
    http://www.shadetreeconversions.com/ ^ | 6/25/09 | boiling point
    For those interested in such things. Freepers that have farm experience are aware of how efficient diesel tractors are. I put five gallons in mine and bush hog all summer. Here is a link to some guys that convert vehicles to tractor power and have gotten as much as 50mpg from a full size pickup! http://www.shadetreeconversions.com/
  • Tractor Lifts Itself Onto a Train - Pics - Just Plain Crazy

    04/14/2009 7:46:54 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 13 replies · 1,903+ views
    This guy is amazing, how he was able to get it on the train, I don't know. Pictures on site
  • Photo Essay of Jerusalem Terror Attack: Arab Tractor Driver Plows into Israel Police Car

    03/05/2009 7:27:26 AM PST · by IsraelHawk · 15 replies · 869+ views
    Israel National News ^ | March 5, 2009 | IsraelNN.com Staff
    A quick-thinking taxi driver and two police officers stopped a bulldozer terrorist from carrying out what he hoped would be a murderous rampage on Jerusalem's Menachem Begin Highway Thursday afternoon. A photo essay follows:
  • Farmer Fights Rabbit Plague With Rifle-Toting Cow

    02/03/2009 12:19:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 882+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 03 February 2009
    A HILL farmer has devised a cunning plan to rid his fields of a plague of rabbits. Paul Coppen, 69, camouflaged his vintage Massey Ferguson tractor as a cow complete with a firing platform and a gunslit. He admitted the disguise a black and white cow under a tree painted on a wooden board fixed to the side of the vehicle was not foolproof. The former technical manager for ICI in the north of England said: " One of my neighbours, Stan Mitchell, came up with the idea and helped me out, and I just went with...
  • Angry man hit by ricochet after firing five bullets into tractor (Ohio)

    08/05/2008 1:45:04 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 24 replies · 63+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 5, 2008 | NA
    Angry man hit by ricochet after firing five bullets into tractor Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:58 PM THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH A Pickaway County man shot at a tractor mowing a ditch on his property last night and ended up hit by one of his own bullets, authorities said. Randall Turner of Ashville threatened the driver of the tractor, which was pulling a mower, before firing five bullets into the tractor, Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford said. One of the bullets ricocheted and hit him, she said. "So he went to the hospital and then he went to jail," she said....
  • Uighur group claims China bus attacks, threatens Olympics(Turkestan Islamic Party)

    07/26/2008 9:06:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 275+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/26/08
    Uighur group claims China bus attacks, threatens Olympics Sat Jul 26, 3:14 AM ET A Uighur separatist group has taken credit for a deadly bus bombing in Shanghai in May and warned of new attacks in China during the Olympics, a group monitoring threats by extremists on the Internet said. In a video statement, Commander Seyfullah of the Turkestan Islamic Party claimed credit for several attacks, including the May 5 Shanghai bus bombing which killed three; another Shanghai attack; an attack on police in Wenzhou on July 17 using an explosive-laden tractor; a bombing of a Guangzhou plastic factory on...
  • Hopes are high for hybrid diesel engines in tractors

    07/10/2007 10:01:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies · 1,133+ views
    www.fwi.co.uk ^ | 06-07-2007 | Staff
    Engine efficiency used to be all about fuel consumption if an engine used less fuel for a given output then it was deemed to be efficient. But just as engine manufacturers were being commended for their ability to squeeze ever higher volumes of work from ever smaller volumes of fuel, along came the challenge of complying with exhaust emissions. And fuel efficiency and reduced emissions do not necessarily go hand in hand. The solution was to find an alternative source of power that could be used alongside the existing fuel-guzzling, gas-emitting combustion engine. A power supply, moreover, that was inherently...
  • Taliban Or Tractor? British Try To Win Over Peasants

    09/15/2006 6:53:42 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 359+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-16-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Taliban or tractor? British try to win over peasants By Patrick Bishop in Mandisar (Filed: 16/09/2006) In the arid villages of southern Afghanistan, British soldiers are asking peasants to make a big life choice a tractor or the Taliban? British forces for 34 Sqn RAF Regiment meet locals in Mandisar near Kandahar If they inform on insurgent activity in their areas, they will be rewarded with a shiny new machine to plough their dusty fields. If they fail to co-operate they will be deprived of the thin stream of assistance trickling into the countryside via the campaign to turn...
  • Drink-driving Polish nun denounces policeman over bribe (tractor-driving drunken nun update)

    01/13/2006 12:53:25 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 807+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:49 AM ET
    Drink-driving Polish nun denounces policeman over bribe Thu Jan 12, 11:49 AM ET WARSAW (AFP) - A Polish nun who caused two accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol informed on a police officer who asked for a bribe to cover up her mishaps. The 35-year-old policeman has been accused of corruption and faces a possible jail sentence of up to eight years, said Ewa Weglarowicz-Makowska, spokeswoman for the state prosecutor's office in Jelenia Gora, southwest Poland. The Benedictine nun caused two accidents, the first in 2004, when driving a tractor towing a snowplough, she hit a car parked...
  • Man dies in fiery tractor-trailer wreck (US deaths surge towards 40,000 after record month)

    12/01/2005 3:03:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,176+ views
    News & Record ^ | 12/01/05
    Man dies in tractor-trailer wreck From Staff Reports Thursday, December 1, 2005 Guilford County EMS personnel and a firefighter work at a wreck involving an 18-wheeler on West Market Street in Greensboro. GREENSBORO - A middle-age man was killed in an early-morning wreck Thursday on West Market Street after he pulled his car into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, police said. The wreck occurred at the intersection West Market and Landmark Drive. The impact pushed both vehicles about 50 yards east of the collision, where they came to a rest on the side of the westbound lanes of West...
  • Need help deciding on a tractor for a father's day gift (VANITY)

    06/08/2005 5:59:41 AM PDT · by TSgt · 48 replies · 6,035+ views
    Self ^ | 6/8/05 | Self
    Forgive my vanity post, I never post them but I could use some advice and have assisted other Freepers with their vanity questions. I'm buying my poor father a tractor for father's day so he doesn't die of heatstroke while push mowing his 1 acre lawn. I own a Craftsman twin cylinder 21HP tractor that I bought in 2001 and haven't had any problems with it other than replacing the deck but Im hard on tractors. I'm going to get one of 2 tractors and would like your opinion. If you were my father which one would you like to...
  • Man Steals Atlanta Airport Baggage Tractor

    07/21/2004 9:03:33 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 5 replies · 617+ views
    ATLANTA - An airline passenger wearing only a pair of pajama bottoms stole a baggage tractor at the city's main airport and drove it onto an active runway early Wednesday, police said. Atlanta police say Robert W. Buzzell, 31, had walked out an exit door that had an alarm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Flights were not affected by the incident, which took place before 6 a.m., airport officials said. The man was stopped by mechanics who asked him for an employee identification card. When he could not provide one, they escorted him to an office and called police. Authorities...
  • Man charged in drunken tractor spree

    04/13/2004 9:53:36 AM PDT · by Il Duce · 30 replies · 177+ views
    Indianapolis Star ^ | 13 April, 2004 | AP
    <p>DECKER, Ind. -- A man driving a stolen tractor crushed a sport-utility vehicle and passed through a watermelon field before he was arrested on a drunken driving charge, police said.</p> <p>Police were called early Sunday about a tractor running over an SUV parked in front of the vehicle owner's home in Decker, about 35 miles north of Evansville, the Knox County Sheriff's Department said. Another complaint was made that the tractor crossed several roads, ran through a watermelon field and a front yard.</p>

    11/24/2003 6:07:27 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 102 replies · 339+ views
    <p>Gasoline tanker explodes on I-70 at Bircher about 7:30 p.m.; all lanes closed.</p>
  • D.C. Tractor Protester Faces Trial

    09/16/2003 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Grand Forks Herald / AP ^ | 9/16/03 | MICHAEL W. KAHN
    WASHINGTON - A tractor-driving North Carolina farmer whose one-man protest of federal farm policy last spring created enormous traffic jams around the capital is defending himself in court. Dwight Watson, 50, who drove his tractor into a pond on the National Mall and sat there for two days while police sharpshooters kept him in their sights, is charged with making a false threat to use explosives and destroying government property. No explosives were found, although a practice grenade incapable of detonating was found inside the cab of Watson's tractor after he surrendered. Watson's trial in U.S. District Court was scheduled...
  • D.C. Tractor Tussle Ends Peacefully

    03/19/2003 10:43:55 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 17 replies · 328+ views
    cbsnews.com/ ^ | 2003/03/18/ | n/a
    D.C. Tractor Tussle Ends PeacefullyWASHINGTON, March 19, 2003 A two-day standoff in the nation's capital between police and a man in a tractor is over. The man gave up Wednesday morning and is now in police custody. North Carolina tobacco farmer Dwight Watson held police at bay since Monday afternoon, when he drove a large tractor into a shallow pond near the Washington Monument. Police said Watson, 50, claimed to have explosives when the incident began. Van Harp, FBI agent in charge of the Washington office, refused to say whether any explosives were found in the tractor after the...
  • Tractor Standoff Continues

    03/18/2003 9:30:05 PM PST · by billbears · 56 replies · 260+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/18/03 | David Nakamura
    Dwight Ware Watson, the man engaged in a marathon standoff with law enforcement on the Mall, said today that he has explosives but does not intend to harm anyone. He said he came to Washington on a "mission" to get a message to the American public that he and other tobacco farmers are being forced out of business by unfair government policies.