Division III NATPA Pulling Rules

Begins 4/2016, Effective until 4/2019

Tractors 1957 and older or production models that started in 1959

Classes: 3250*, 3500, 3750, 4000, 4250, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500, 7500 and 8500#


1. General Rules – See general rules that apply to all tractors.

2. Age: Drivers must be 14 years of age or older. Those under 18 years of age must have written parental/guardian permission.

3. Safety: All tractors must have a working safety kill switch.

4. Draw Bar: Draw bars must not exceed 20 inches in height or be less than 18 inches from center of axle to hooking point. No part of draw bar may extend rearward beyond point of hook. Draw bars must be stationary in all directions. No clevises. Top of hitch adjuster cannot be above center line of axle or hub. (This wording add as per safety committee on 7/30/03)

5. Weights: Weights must not extend rearward beyond rear tires and cannot be more than 11 feet from the center of the rear axle to the furthest point forward.

6. Tires and Rims: Maximum tire size - 18.4 X 38; any rim width. No radial tires. No steel wheels. Two wheel drive only. No duals. Any cut allowed on tires.

7. RPM’s: RPM’s allowed will be determined by the NATPA RPM Chart. Any tractor not listed will use manufacturer’s data. A 20% margin of error will be permitted. All tractors to have positive throttle stops with a working governor in the stock location.

8. Speed: Any gear, speed limit is 4 MPH, to be checked by radar. No shifting of TA’s. One beep after flag/cone will result in disqualification. The marker for Div III speed will also be used as the mark to stop the tractor if driver wishes to restart pull.

9. Tractors manufactured to use diesel fuel only cannot be converted to gas or LP. Tractors must be naturally aspirated. No turbos or blowers - except Oliver 99GM, etc.

10. Tractors must have the stock engine, frames, transmission, rear end and axle housings or manufacturer’s replacement for make and model of tractor being pulled. Stock heads and their replacements are to remain unchanged in outside appearance. No 7 bolt main blocks in Oliver’s; no (12) port heads; no 99 heads; no 1600 series heads. Exception: Oliver Super 88/88/880 are allowed to run 1600/1650/1655 - 1750/1755 - 1800/1850/1855 7 main blocks, heads, series motors and engine parts. AC - WC/WD/WD45 can use D-17 engine; IH - H, 350; M, 450. JD - A/B/G can use power blocks. No M-M 800 heads or blocks. The taller MM “G” blocks are allowed on all MM models. Dual exhaust not allowed except after stock manifold.

11. Enhanced electrical systems permitted in all classes. No rev limiters allowed.

12. Replacement carburetors with no modification of carburetor or manifold. Overhang of carburetor to manifold is not allowed. Only stock appearing manifolds are allowed. Two barrel carburetors allowed for all lettered John Deere Series tractors.

13. No increased height in any tractors (ie: deck plates, shims, girdles) except for stock gasket (see MM “G” blocks in #10).

14. OL 66,Farmall H, AC WC, Ford 800, Cockshut 30and above and like size tractors are not allowed in classes below 3500#. Massey 33, Oliver 77, JD-A 1939, McCormick 10-20, F-20 and down and like size tractors are not allowed in classes below 4000#. Oliver 88, Farmall M, Massey 44, MM-U, JD-G, Case-C/D, JD-A 1940 and up and like size tractors are not allowed in classes below 4500#. Massey 55, IH W-9, IH WK-40, Case LA, Case 600, Moline GB, Moline GBD, Oliver 99 and all like size tractors are not allowed below 5500#.


* 3250 This division will consist of the following tractors.

 AC-B, AC-C, Case VAC, IHC F-12, IHC F-14, IHC-B, IHC-C, JD-B 1938 or older Unstyled, Oliver 60, Oliver 66, AC-CA, Cockshutt 20, Ferguson TE-20, Ferguson TO-35, Ford NAA, Ford-600, Intercontinental C-26, IHC Super-C, IHC 200, IHC 230, JD-B Styled, Long A, MH 101-JR, MH-22, MM-R and MM-335