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6-3-08

Team shot of Iowa State's 1/4 Scale Tractor
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These Cyclone Power Pullers recently won third place at the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, Ill. This year's tractor, "PestiCYde," is on the right. Last year's tractor, "Moonlight Express," is on the left. Team members are, left to right: Andy Strobel, Dr. Stuart Birrell (a team adviser), Brett Hamilton, Shawn Brown, Andy Jennett, Alex Recker, Clint Recker, Brian Balvin, Brandon Van Kerrebroeck, Martin Larsen, Adam Morford, Ben Downing, Karl Moritz, Jeff Langner, Jeremiah Johnson, Steve Carr, Kyle Schropp, Travis Ohms and Dr. Matt Darr (a team adviser). Photo courtesy of the Cyclone Power Pullers.

Contacts:

Clint Recker, Cyclone Power Pullers, (563) 920-9450, crecker@iastate.edu

Jeremiah Johnson, Cyclone Power Pullers, (515) 460-0711, jeremiahkjohnson1@gmail.com

Mike Krapfl, News Service, (515) 294-4917, mkrapfl@iastate.edu

Cyclone Power Pullers' 1/4 scale tractor scores big, earns third place finish

AMES, Iowa -- Clint Recker was happy to recite the final results for "PestiCYde":

Let's see, he said, Iowa State University's 1/4 scale pulling tractor finished first in serviceability. Second in written design. Second in safety. Third in maneuverability. Fourth in manufacturability. Sixth in pulling. That added up to third overall.

And sound? Wasn't there a sound test at the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition May 29-June 1 in Peoria, Ill. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. It challenges university students from across the country and Canada to design and build 1/4 scale pulling tractors.

Well, said Recker, a senior from Arlington who's studying agricultural engineering and is the president of the Cyclone Power Pullers, the team's tractor had a lot strengths, but it didn't do so well in the sound tests. It, after all, carries five V-2 engines and 80 horsepower. So it is a little loud.

But that's about the only criticism Recker had for the team's tractor after Iowa State's third place finish in the society's annual competition. This year's contest attracted 26 teams. The team from Kansas State University won and second place went to the University of Laval from Quebec City in Canada.

"We are very pleased with how things have gone," Recker said. "A lot of people have worked really hard. And a big thanks to all of our sponsors."

Recker said the team's highest ever finish was second place in 1998. Last year, the team finished 18th.

"This is a huge jump for us," he said.

And so Recker thinks the team has a good tractor and some momentum. Both could lead to even better finishes next year.

"To get to the first or second spots, you need to work on the little things," he said. "You need polish to get to the No. 1 spot that we want."

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Quick look

The Cyclone Power Pullers returned from the 2008 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition with a third-place finish, the team's best finish since 1998. This year's tractor, nicknamed "PestiCYde," featured five engines and 80 horsepower. The annual contest is sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

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"To get to the first or second spots, you need to work on the little things. You need polish to get to the No. 1 spot that we want."

Clint Recker, a senior from Arlington who's studying agricultural engineering and is the president of the Cyclone Power Pullers

Cyclone Power Pullers

Here are the students who built Iowa State's 1/4 scale tractor:

  • Brian Balvin, agricultural engineering, junior
  • Shawn Brown, industrial technology, junior
  • Steve Carr, agricultural engineering, graduated senior
  • Ben Downing, agricultural engineering, junior
  • Brett Hamilton, agricultural systems technology, junior
  • Andy Jennett, agricultural engineering, senior
  • Jeremiah Johnson, agricultural engineering, graduate student
  • Jeff Langner, agricultural engineering, graduated senior
  • Martin Larsen, agricultural engineering, junior
  • Adam Morford, agricultural engineering, senior
  • Karl Moritz, agricultural engineering, sophomore
  • Clint Recker, agricultural engineering, senior
  • Alex Recker, agricultural studies, junior
  • Jon Roth, agricultural engineering, graduate student
  • Kyle Schropp, agricultural systems technology, sophomore
  • Andy Strobel, agricultural engineering, junior
  • Travis Ohms, agricultural engineering, junior
  • Brandon VanKerrebroeck, agricultural systems technology, sophomore

  • Stuart Birrell, adviser, associate professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Matthew Darr, adviser, assistant professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering