In the high demand of having a bigger and the best tractor that will give enough horsepower that will guarantee us with great power in our work. In early 70’s there was great demand of then available four-wheel-drive tractors in the market and as their demand grew, people started to look for the ones with best power rating and bigger in the size. Northern Manufacturing Company a renowned producer of full line customized tractors they embarked on producing world’s biggest tractor lead by two engineers Ron and Keith Richardson who were tasked in producing the Big Buds 747. After long consultations they were able to fulfill their task as expected, It was produced and ready to work in 1977.
It was produced to help in deep-ripping of the land which was used in large scale cotton farming and when it was constructed it was named the 16V-747 Big Bud it really measured to its expectations. It is capable to do deep-rip 20 acres per hour while maintaining 6mph all through. It has a high Detroit Diesel 16V92T is a two cycle engine with 16 cylinders of 1.5 litres each which is able to provide 960 horsepower and it can pull an 800-foot cultivator at the speed of 8 mph.
It’s measured to have a length of 28 feet, 6 inches with the height of 14 feet and width of 20 feet, 10 inches on the outside duals. It weighs 135,000 pounds when ballasted and with a fuel tank which can holds up to 1,000 gallons of fuel. It has a massive 1,472ci V-16 two-stroke diesel engine which weighs 4,500 pounds with a speed of 1,800 to 2,100 rpm in the field.
The Big Bud 747 rolls on 8 feet tall, 39.6 inches wide tires which are able to withstand its weight and maintain stability, and it’s also accompanied with 16 feet, 3 inches wheelbase. It comes fitted with two superchargers; two turbochargers for inductions and it outstandingly have mechanical camshaft-driven, unit injections. It has twin Disc 8FLW-1801 on it transmission which provides 3,100 pound-feet torque at 3401 rpm with 6 forward speeds and 1 reverse speed. It stands out with a 24-volt starting system which is combined with 75 ampere alternator to power it on and with Clark D-85840 axle with planetary wheel ends.Truly 747 Big Bud is the world’s biggest tractor!
The drivers cabin is also well fitted with air conditioner, a heater, wind shield wipers, a buddy seat for the assistant personnel also it comes fitted with a stereo radio and a swivel bucket seat for driver’s easier movement while in control .this world’s biggest tractor ever made is not in use but it was moved to museum. Many of its parts were taken from large mining machines and they opted bolting rather than welding of the major components for easier maintenance but only the unavailable component is the set tires because the company which was manufacturing those tires went on bankrupt in 2000 thus making it a partial contributing factor to stop it from regular work by July 2009.
After having accomplished its work on the farms this world’s biggest tractor it was take to Heartland Museum in Iowa by 2014 and it is located today there for public viewing on its own shed which as built in2013.