In 1977, Ron Harmon and the crew of the Northern Manufacturing Company built the 16V “Big Bud” 747 tractor in Montana. Designed to produce 760 horsepower using a 16-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine, it’s 27′ long, 20′ wide, and 14′ tall. The tires were specially made by the United Tire Company and are 8 feet in diameter. Wet, the tractor tips the scales at over 100,000 pounds.
In 1997 after a tour of duty across a number of farms, the “Big Bud” found its way back to Montana, only 60 miles from where it was built. The Williams brothers of Big Sandy, Montana purchased the tractor and brought it to their farm in Chouteau County. They use the tractor for cultivation purposes, pulling an 80-freaking-foot cultivator. In this configuration, “Big Bud” can work more than one acre per minute at speeds up to 8 MPH.
If that isn’t cool I don’t know what is. Big Foot hasn’t got s#!% on “Big Bud.”
16v 747 “Big Bud” [williamsbigbud]