Farmers Equipment in Urbana Ohio hosted the Champaign County Tractor Wrecker Contest. The contest involves teams of two members each who must diagnose any piece of equipment they can work on, ranging from a small lawn tractor to a large combine harvester.
Each team brings a set of tools to help them diagnose what is wrong with the tractor. Teams have 20 minutes to examine the tractor, find the bug and either fix the problem or explain to the person supervising the tractor how they would fix the problem. These bugs can range from something small like loose lug nuts on a wheel or a loose connection on a light to a much more complicated bug that can take a computer to run diagnostics and identify a problem in the tractor.
The teams that participated in this competition are Sam Wilhelm and Bryce Stambaugh (3rd), Nathan Deere and Max Anderson (5th), Zach Maser and Brevan Staley (9th). Because Sam and Bryce ranked top of the Urbana teams, they were able to move up to District.
The district competition was held at the John Deere Training Center in Plain City, Ohio. Bryce and Sam ended up placing 15th at this meet. Thanks to Farmers Equipment of Urbana and John Deere Training Center for hosting these competitions and allowing us to compete.
Pictured, left to right, Sam Wilhelm and Bryce Stambaugh work on a time constraint to fix a hydraulic problem during the District Ag Power Diagnostics competition at the John Deere Training Center in Plain City, Ohio.