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  • Tractor of the Week #6

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    ERTL's Big Bud 525/84 is the tractor for this week.



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    Originally posted by Tractordata.com
    Big Bud Tractors Inc. was born out of the Wagner tractor dealership in Havre, Montana in 1961. Big Bud manufactured heavy-duty high horsepower tractors with industrial engines fitted to custom-built frames. The company developed a number of innovations for heavy duty tractors, including tilt cabins and a skid system for engine removal. The company was purchased by Messner Brothers in 1985. Production slowed in the late 1980s and the last Big Bud rolled off the line in 1992.

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    For 1980 Big Bud released an industrial orange model built from their 525 main frame platform. Mainly aimed at road construction and mining fields they featured a Cummins six cylinder 1150 cubic inch (19 liter) KTA 1150 C 525 diesel good for 525 hp. A Clark transmission with 8 forward gears and 4 reverses offered speeds between 3 and 22.7 mph. 450 gallons could be topped off and it needed all the diesel it could manage with a hefty wet weight of 72,000 pounds. It was capable of pulling a 32,000 pound scraper. Massive massive Massive!

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    ERTL produced this model in 1/64 scale in 1987. Earlier in the 80s they had bought out fellow Iowa toy maker Mini Toys. Mini toys had made Heston and Mitisubishi tractors in 1/64 as well as implements. ERTL for a short period continued to make this line in the Mini Toys factory in Guttenberg, Iowa. The Big Bud 525/84 was made at the Mini Toys factory and would be among the last 1/64 tractors made in the USA by ERTL. Some of their semi trucks and International flatbeds/fertilizer trucks would be made in the USA up till the early 1990s. All other small scale models were made in the Asian pacific countries.

    This model features a 'working' articulating steering action, rubber tires and semi decent engine detail. It's all metal minus the engine block and cab.




    Sources used include:

    http://www.tractordata.com/farm-trac...-tractors.html

    Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers by Kimmo Sahakangas, Dave Weber and Mark Foster. Published by Icongraphix and printed 2006.

    The Big Bud Tractor Story by Peter Sampson. Published by P & G Media in 2016.
    Crafty's Diecast & Farm Toy Show
    March 29, 2020
    Paris, IL VFW - 9AM-2:30PM
    $2 Admission for 13/Over

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    The Big Bud - wonderful offering from ERTL - I was not aware that this one had been made in the old Mini Toys Factory - neat to know. When I lived in the northern part of ND and we would head out west to see family would always travel Highway 2 through Havre, MT - drove by the Big Bud plant and of course many of those big tractors in fields and other places to enjoy.

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      Now I understand the Mini Toys/Ertl connection.

      I'll definitely have to pick up one of these. Seems there's not a whole lot of Big Buds in scale.

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        Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
        Now I understand the Mini Toys/Ertl connection.

        I'll definitely have to pick up one of these. Seems there's not a whole lot of Big Buds in scale.
        SpecCast and DCP have offered up several Big Buds over the past 20 years. They're not easy nor necessary cheap to find.
        Crafty's Diecast & Farm Toy Show
        March 29, 2020
        Paris, IL VFW - 9AM-2:30PM
        $2 Admission for 13/Over

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
          Seems there's not a whole lot of Big Buds in scale.
          Ertl also made a 12-wheeled Big Bud 370 in 1/64 that's white and aqua. Dunno if it was made before or after the orange 525/84 featured. Ours came to us in the late '80s. I'd like to get Bert to pose with it, but huge farm equipment makes him nervous. That makes me nervous.

          "I don't like bein' nervous, kid."

          Nor do I, Officer.



          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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