UT Student Branch of ASAE
By Bobby Bledsoe
Competes once Again
in the Quarter-Scale
Tractor Design Competition.
The UT Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department did not have a Senior
Design 1/4 Scale Tractor A-Team entry this Year, but we did field an X-Team. X-Team
competition is for Junior Teams competing with a tractor modified from the 1999
Competition. This year's team was led by Carl Hudson and Will Pinson,
Juniors in Biosystems Enginering, Senior Biosystems Engineering student Rob
Reel, along with Freshman Biosystems Engineering students Trey Cavin,
Russell Goodman, and Josh Smith. The team traveled to East Moline, IL
for the May 20-22 event.
In the 2000 X-Team ASAE Competition, judging was based on team presentation
of their design and the average of two pulls with the team tractor in the 1050 pound
weight class. The University of Tennessee Team tractor won BOTH pulls by a
substantial distance (at least 20 ft.) over the other nine team tractors competing this
year. In the overall competition (presentation plus pull results), The UT Team placed
third. Kansas State was first and University of Wisconsin-Madison was second.
The team advisors (Drs. Bobby Bledsoe and William Hart) were
especially proud of the team pull performance, since that was the team weakness in the
A-Team Competitions of 1998 and 1999.