Ah yes, a truck vs. tractor tug of war video. Gotta love em’. You always get lots of tire smoke, lots of black diesel smoke, and some one always gets embarrassed at the end. This particular internet gem (video) below features a torque-tastic Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Dually, and a sturdy old Ford 8600 tractor. Ironically, these two American heavyweights are duking it out in England. Playing tug of war with two vehicles is a heck a lot of fun to watch, but it’s hell on the drivetrains. In order to overcome your opponent, your vehicle has to have more torque, and better traction, which can make for a sound debate and reasoning of the outcome below. Let’s say you do win, the intense strain can severely overheat the transmission fluid / clutch, engine oil, and axle oil. All of which can lead to some serious internal damage and a costly mechanic bill. It goes without saying folks, unless you have a fat wallet and an appetite for destroying your ride, do not try this at home.
The heat buildup alone can cause significant premature wear to the transmission clutches and bands / clutch plate and throw-out bearing, engine and axle seals, bearings, and gears. The loser could also snap a driveshaft, lockup the transmission, or blow up their engine. It’s a dangerous game to play from a mechanical standpoint. But it sure is fun to watch! So risks aside, place your bet boys, and watch this mechanical pack mule take on the beast of burden in the big blue tractor.
Wearing red paint, and fighting out of the Dodge truck plant in Warren, Michigan, its the 3rd-Gen 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Dually!!
2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Dually
This mechanical pack mule was designed to pull heavy loads, while carrying heavy loads and transporting up to 6 people to wherever that heavy stuff has to go. Under the hood, pre-2007 models got a Cummins 5.9L straight-6 turbo diesel, making 305-hp and a map altering 555 lb-ft of torque. After 2007, these heavy-duty trucks were fitted with a new 6.7L Cummins diesel, which pumped out 350-hp, and a tractor pullin’ 650 lb-ft of twist. We’re not sure which engine lives in the video truck. But it’s pretty clear that anything with 500+ torques is a beast.
1972-1976 Ford 8600 Tractor
The big blue Ford tractor in that video was made between 1972-1976, and it was quite popular with farmers on both sides of the ‘pond’. This beast of burden was powered by a 110-hp 6.6L diesel straight-6, which might not seem like much on first glance. But this earth-altering machine puts power to the ground through a planetary gear set that uses a series of inter-connected gears to turn a large outer ring gear. In 1st gear with the differential lock on (both rear wheels turn in unison), the power of a Ford 8600 multiplied to nearly the same capacity as the more powerful Dodge 3500 Dually. An 11,000 lb object can easily be dragged by this tractor, and this one even has front ballast weights installed, to keep the front wheels on the ground under load.
In the video, you’ll notice that the tractor’s massive rear tires are still able to spin against the more powerful Dodge diesel. This is because the tractor’s planetary gears are able to intensify that 110-hp to compete against 500+ ft-lb of torque. The Ford tractor is also able to divide its power with a PTO (power take off) that spins a second driveshaft to power attachments like a plow, or hay bailer. Even though it’s just 2wd, the Ford 8600 tractor is able to easily traverse unstable terrain, while dragging the implements needed to alter that terrain.
How The Dodge 3500 Dually Won
The reason the Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 Dually was able to drag that Ford 8600 tractor, is probably because of its 4-wheel drive system. By locking the front and rear Dana axles together, the Dodge truck was able to overcome wheel spin, and put all of that Cummins Diesel power to the ground. If it had been a 2wd model, the back wheels would probably have just spun while the Ford tractor walked off with it.
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