Quarter-Scale Tractor "Bison Pullers"
Each year a team of undergraduate students designs and builds a 1/4-scale pulling tractor for an international collegiate competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The goal of the competition is for team members to pull the knowledge gained in various classes to use in a real world application. In addition, students also learn invaluable teamwork and communication skills as well as developing industry contacts, which could later prove valuable in their careers.
The 1/4-Scale Tractor Competition is made up of teams from the Student Branches of ASABE from around the world. The competition is similar to a normal tractor pull with a few different objectives; not only are the teams trying to pull the sled the length of the track, but they also need to compete in several engineering objectives. Each team prepares a written design report, an oral presentation, cost analysis and a design log for their tractor. Also, each team is judged on the manufacturability and serviceability of their tractor.
Dr. Tom Bon, 202 Ag and Biosystems Engineering, 231-7275
- Vary as needed, commonly Thursday nights
- Develop a ¼ scale tractor for the A-team competition, and modify the previous year’s tractor for the X-team competition at the International Quarter Scale Tractor (IQS) pull held each June in Peoria, IL.
- Design and development of the tractors, fundraising, public service, promotion of ISQ, and presentation of the ¼ scale tractor at campus functions
- Interested students in good standing at NDSU
How to Join
Bison Pullers on your achievements at the 2013 competition.
- Written Design - 17th
- Team Presentation - 21st
- Design Judging - 11th
- Tractor Pull - 18th
- Maneuverability - 1st
- Overall - 16th
This year there were 29 teams who participated in the competition.