Buying new tires for your vehicle is an exciting day. No other part of your car or truck is supposed to touch the ground next to your tires, representing the connection between your vehicle and the road. This excitement is not only relegated to a set of new summer tires for its sports car or a set of 35-inch mud tires for its off-road platform, even the world’s largest farm tractor is excited by the prospect of a new set. of rubber. As a result of replacing the eight massive tires used by the world’s largest farm tractor, Big Bud 16V-747 is a special event worth seeing thanks to the team at Heritage Iron Magazine and YouTube Channel Welker Farms who covered this special event.
The Big Bud 16V-747 is a cultural icon and one of the most famous tractors in the world. This custom-made tractor was built by Ron Harmon and the Montanna-based crew of the Northern Manufacturing Company in 1977 for a California cotton farm who planned to use this massive tractor for deep ripping. Deep mining is intense work that requires a very powerful and heavy tractor to cut the ground effectively, so the 1,100 horsepower Big Bud 16V-747 was the perfect tool for the job.
Since the Big Bud was a unique design, it was quite difficult to find replacement parts, especially tires that were originally custom-made by the now-defunct United Tire Company of Canada. Thanks to the help of Williams Brothers, who provided new wheels, spacers, and expertise, Big Bud now owns eight Goodyear LSW1400 / 30r46, which are the world’s largest farm tires.
Today, Big Bud is now a cultural icon and an excellent engineering example for a very specific task. This 1,100-horsepower tractor is now parked at the Heartland Museum, where you can visit Big Bud and sign your guestbook and enjoy this massive monument to tractor excellence.