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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #4, Page #23
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World's Largest Farm Tractor

"We believe it's the largest tractor in the world. At least we haven't heard of an-other that's bigger," says the South African tractor company's Daan de Bruin about the new ACO monster 4-WD.
Custom-built for a big South African farmer, the ACO 600 packs a whopping 821 horses under its hood. It's powered by a V12 twin turbocharged Mercedes-Benz marine engine that develops 68 1/2 hp. per piston. That's teamed with a Twin Disc power-shift gearbox offering 12 for-ward and four reverse gears. It operates at a maximum of 2100 rpm's. Features heavy-duty Hungarian-built RABA axles and 20.8 by 38 in. triples. Cab is fully instrumented, sound-proofed and air conditioned. Weighs 55,115 lbs.
Despite its size, the 600 is amazingly fuel-efficient, de Bruin says.
For example, the tractor pulls a three-row ripper with two shanks per row at a depth of 30 in. using only 1.1 gal. of fuel per acre, he says.
Available on a custom-order basis in the U.S. and Canada, it'll sell for around $230,000 plus shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Daan de Bruin, ACO Marketing Manager, P.O. Box 1109, Bothaville, South Africa 9660 (ph, fax 27 565-2386).
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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #4