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Can’t Miss the Big Bud

Jul 07, 2009
After a 1,500+ mile journey, the Williams Big Bud 16V-747 tractor has made its way to Penfield, Ill. for the 2009 Historic Farm Days.
On the way from Montana, the trucks transporting the Bid Bud and its 8’ diameter tires, moved around 56 mph to 63 mph. The truck that carried the carried was said to weigh north of 122,000 lb., and 30 chains secured the load.
Here’s video of the crew at a weigh station in North Dakota.

The tractor is 27’ long, 20’ wide, and 14’ tall, and it can weigh more than 100,000 lb. when filled with 1,000 gal. of fuel. Outfitted with a 16-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine providing 760 hp, the Big Bud 747 is said to the be the largest tractor built in the U.S.
The crew that transported the well-known workhorse hit the road June 29 and arrived at the show site July 2. For a complete chronicle of the adventure, read this Twitter page. It will be on display from July 9 to 12 at the Penfield show, and from Aug. 27 to 30 in Rantoul, Ill. for the Half Century of Progress IV.
Built in 1977 in Havre, Montana by Ron Harmon and crew at Northern Manufacturing Company, the tractor has already had a road trip around the country before returning to service in its home state. Originally built for cotton farmers in California, the Big Bud’s second life was deep ripping on a farm in Florida. Then in 1997, the Big Bud returned to Montana, and only 60 miles from where it was built. Since then the Williams brothers have used the well-loved tractor for tillage, pulling an 80’ cultivator and working more than an acre per minute.
The owners say “except its new paint job, chrome stacks, and a whopping 900 plus horsepower - the Big Bud looks like it did when it rolled out of the Northern Manufacturing Company building back in 1977.”

Thanks to John Harvey from Classic Tractor Fever for the heads up on this historic move... Check out his passion for antique tractors and his Classic Farm Tractors calendar.
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COMMENTS (2 Comments)

Margy Fischer
feel free to e-mail your photos and story to mfischer@farmjournal.com
1:18 PM Jul 13th
The Silver Sapde
Saw it Friday July 10, 2009.Met Bob Williams and JOhn Harvey.The biggest farm tractor I have seen.Took pictures of it.
7:13 PM Jul 11th

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