Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:41 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News
Updated: Mar 13, 2013 10:05 AM
A group of Cal Poly students are gearing up for an international competition -- the annual American Society of Biological Engineers' Quarter Scale Competition in Illinios.
They said they are in the process of fabricating, designing and building their own tractor, which takes months of working around the clock.
The 15 Cal Poly students came up with a design for an 800 pound tractor. Now they are fabricating all the components and are putting it together.
Cal Poly students said almost every year their tractor breaks down during the competition, so this year they are making some tweaks.
"We are going to test it, pull it, so we are entirely prepared for the competition," said Tractor Team member Sam Terpstra.
He expalined, the main part of the competition is a tractor pull, which is actually an established sport in some places, but the team says this goes far beyond winning.
"We really want to better ourselves for the industry," said team member Weston Soto.
"Even in the commercial world they will build a prototype, which is virtually hand made, and one of the factors in the competition is that the tractor is supposed to be designed for a commercial production run," added Cal Poly Built advisor Keith Crowe.
The tractor club says it is able to build the tractor because of community donations. To help the team, call Cal Poly's Bio-Resource and Ag-Engineering Department.
The competition is May 30th.
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