Russian Tractor Driver Attempts to Cross Deep River with Heavy Load

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This determined tractor looks like it’s dead in the water at first glance. The river the driver is fording looks to be a good 6 feet deep, maybe more. Thick black smoke billows out of the exhaust pipe as the tractor tries to gain traction. You may be reminded of “The Little Engine that Could” story when you watch; but in this case, both man and machine refuse to give up. The man is a determined Russian driver, and the machine is the well-known Kirovets tractor. Is it enough willpower and machine power to get out of this jam?

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Russian Transportation Vehicles

Russian truck drivers have a reputation of being crazy, crossing deep fast-flowing rivers and plowing through deep mud and snow with reckless abandon. But with parts of Russia lacking developed roads, they often have to be this way to get to their destination. Although there are about 700,000 miles of developed roads in Russia, it’s still not enough for this huge country. And life as a Russian truck driver is dangerous, not only because of the roads but because of crime as well. It would be nice to have a bridge over every river, but they just don’t have that luxury sometimes. So all they can do in a situation like the one shown here is never give up and have faith that they’ll eventually come out on the other side.

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Kirovets K-700

The Kirovets K-700 has been around since 1962. It’s a heavy-duty, 4WD tractor used for plowing fields and performing other farming tasks. The K-700 actually steers by hydraulics where the front and rear frame of the vehicle connect. The ones made from 1962 to 1975 were equipped with V8 turbo-diesel engines with 215 horsepower. The K-700A model would come out in 1975, and it featured larger tires and fuel tanks. The model you’ll see below is a K-701. This was an upgrade to the 700A’s engine to a 12-cylinder, 300-horsepower engine. Later models would see more industrial modifications so they could be used for tasks like bulldozing, loading, and scraping. As far as other measurements, the K-701:

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