The Big Bud 747 tractor was created in Havre, Montana, in 1977. Ron Harmon and the employees of the Northern Manufacturing Company constructed the tractor. The tractor’s 16-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine has 760 horsepower. The tractor is 20 feet wide, 14 feet tall, and 27 feet long. The tires are 8 feet in diameter and were custom-made by United Tire Company of Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀ. When the tractor’s 1,000-gallon gasoline tank is completely filled, it weighs more than one million pounds.
It was initially created for the Rossi Brothers, cotton farmers in Bakersfield, California, according to Big Bud Photos 1. The tractor was used for deep ripping by the Rossi Brothers. For 11 years, they were the 16-v747’s the owner and operator. The Big Bud traveled to Indialantic, Florida after departing the Rossi Brothers’ cotton farm. The tractor was also utilized for deep ripping by the second owner, Willowbrook Farms. The Big Bud was retired and laid to rest by Willowbrook Farms.
The Big Bud returned to Montana in 1997, around 60 miles from the site of its construction. The tractor was bought by the Williams Brothers of Big Sandy, Montana, who then transported it to their farm in Chouteau Country. The tractor pulls an 80-foot cultivator as the Williams Brothers cultivate their land. At speeds of up to 8 mph, the tractor can work more than one arc every minute. The Big Bud still appears the same as it did in 1977, with the exception of its fresh paint job, chrome stacks, and impressive 900+ horsepower.
Let’s see Big Bud Tractors pulling 21 and 18 bottom plows in Ohio working in the interesting video below.
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