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Steel Wheelers

The Amish and Mennonite farmers who live in my neighborhood are forbidden the comfort of rubber tires for their vehicles.

This tractor was parked in our driveway over night. Wilmer and Esther Mae had not finished splitting our firewood due to a serious thunder storm.

Don't the tires look lethal.

The tractor and wood splitter were so long I had to use my fisheye lens so v2 is distorted but you can see what a grand tractor it is. The wood splitter (Yellow) is a mean machine as well.

Yesterday's image showed the back tires-- Kudos to Ade for the best answer !

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Sep 2012 - 4:25 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Steel Wheelers
Username:taggart taggart
Uploaded:4 Oct 2012 - 12:08 AM
Tags:General, Humour / fun, Photo journalism, Sports / action, Transport
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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 12:14 AM

Wonderful contraption indeed.

RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 12:15 AM

Yesterday's shot now explained! Interesting comment from you and a fine crisp capture.

Badgerfred e2 Member 6Badgerfred vcard Wales
4 Oct 2012 - 12:32 AM

Love the detail in these Jenn, super images,


Aww Lord,
What's wrong with pressured air?

Great pictures of a great alternative to rubber, Steel.
I am not suggesting anything, o.k.?

Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 12:50 AM

Cor blimey.....I was close wasn't I? Tongue

Not just a pretty face you know......Wink


Rogerex  729 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:44 AM

Hard to imagine why rubber tires are not allowed when the rest of the tractor is modern. It may even have an air-suspension seat. When I drive a tractor my back needs all the comfort I can get, so I am glad I don't have to drive something like this. Thanks for sharing these fascinating insights into another way of life.

gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:58 AM

Jenn -- fascinating images. I agree with Roger -- thanks for this fascinating insight into a bit of America.

fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 5:20 AM

Interesting workhorse. Like the selection of V1.


canonfan e2 Member 3canonfan vcard United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 - 5:39 AM

Nice captures Jenn. Would never have guessed what yesterdays image was. Must be a bit noisy on the road

EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 5:55 AM

Amazing! Had no idea they had to resort to such tyres! At least they must save a fortune on punctures but doubt I'd want a ride in anything with tyres which can't remove at least some of the humps and bumps of country roads!! Must show the hubbie these images once we reach a rather more civilized hour of the day! Tongue


Jocelia e2 Member 2Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 6:24 AM

Most intriguing Jenn, and a nice guessing game to play.
I would never have thought they were wheels and certainly so sturdy.
Thanks for the great clear pictures and an insight into another culture
of life……


fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 7:20 AM

What strange ideas some of these sects have. Most interesting and well produced images supported by fascinating information.


WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 7:36 AM

That tread would rip up the roads over here. Would never have guessed the answer.


marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:05 AM

Not something I would have guessed at Jenn, a brilliant effect with that fisheye in V2. I'm assuming that as I haven't heard from you the package I sent hasn't turned up. I have a second book which I'll post today but I don't have a second pin badge I'm afraid.

paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:11 AM

V1 for me.

NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:22 AM

A very interesting thought, however I would much prefer to be run over by a pneumatic tyre than one of those beasts.

Regards and Version number 1 for me today. Love the shape and form.


Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:22 AM

Interesting looking machine Jennn. Fine shot.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom884 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:58 AM

Wheels make good semi-abstracts, I've just uploaded one that looks only marginally more comfortable to ride on.

Quote: Hard to imagine why rubber tires are not allowed when the rest of the tractor is modern.

What I was thinking.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 4 Oct 2012 - 8:58 AM
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 9:02 AM

I notice the comfortable cushioned driver's seat . . .

jdinne e2 Member 10jdinne vcard England
4 Oct 2012 - 9:31 AM

This quite amazing Jenn have never seen wheels like that before. Thanks for sharing this.


Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom72 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 10:22 AM

Ah mystery solved.
Pretty impressive machine.
Well done for spotting the face.

annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 11:05 AM

impressive! I think the traction must be good!
And it says a lot about Mennonites, too. Sigh....

EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 11:32 AM

Some of them are so strict I'm a bit surprised at the red paint - shouldn't this be black? Provided two very interesting images Jenn.

Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 12:33 PM

I never would have guessed! Fascinating all around....never knew that about the tires....the Mennonites that worked at our hospital used regular tires....

Brilane e2 Member 7Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:41 PM

Lovely shots, Jennn. I bet the 'tyres' make a mess of the roads.


Wow now that's a tire get some miles out of them do your back no good mind, the detail is outstanding very well presented good spot


Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 5:58 PM

Now I see where yesterday's image came from. We now have proof that Ade is the cleverest person on here. SmileSmile

Nicely and informatively presented.


1881  2 India
4 Oct 2012 - 7:35 PM

Classic short Focus control, Great work.

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:22 PM

V2 is a fancy bit of machinery Jenn V1 tires do look pretty lethal

4 Oct 2012 - 8:45 PM

thank you

NeilWigan e2 Member 3NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 6:47 PM

Wouldnt be allowed on the roads over here ,have to get permission for metal tracked vehicles and not keen on giving it unless in emergency situations ,fascinating info ,silly situation ,masochistic in my opinion,like the hydraulic splitter though,that makes life a bit easier.

Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 7:00 PM

I never tyre of looking at your images Jenn, the Big O is on top form guessing what the abstract you uploaded on the previous day was

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