A 500 Horsepower Homemade Giant — The Story Behind The Honey Bee 2WD Tractor

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Looking to add a bigger tractor to their farm and save some money along the way, Greg and Glenn Honey of Bracken, Saskatchewan spent the winter of 1978-79 building a giant yellow and black workhorse that has come to symbolize farmer ingenuity and sheer power.

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Featuring a VTA-1710 v12 Cummins engine, a 13-speed Eaton transmission, air-start (as you can hear in the video below) and earthmover tires, the machine served as the main tractor on Honey Farms from 1979 to around 1995.

The unit only cost the brothers around $40,000, in part because they chose to go with the simple two-wheel-drive system rather than an articulated, four-wheel drive design.

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They built a second similar tractor in 1980, with a Cat engine, but as he explains, they decided to focus their manufacturing efforts on building swathers and headers rather than competing against other tractor brands.

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