From Bubba to Arbos
The very beginning
The Bubba family’s epic opens in a small workshop in Santimento (Piacenza, Northern Italy), where they start manufacturing farm implements. Here in 1896 Pietro Bubba realizes its first work: a shelling machine. With the help of the sons (Federico, Salvatore and Artemio) in 1896 Pietro creates his first threshers.
The first hothead Bubba engine
In 1923 Ulisse Bubba, son of Federico, made his first hotbulb engined tractors, mounted on CASE wagons: UTC 3, UTC 4 and UTC 5 (U = Ulisse; T = Tractor; C = CASE). In 1926 the UTB 3 tractor (25/30 HP) was born: it is the first tractor 100% Bubba.
UT5, the most powerful ever built hothead
In 1929 arrive the prototypes UT2 and UT3 (the latter an improved, lightened version of UTB 3, led to 25 hp) and UT5, the most powerful hotbulb tractor ever built: its engine is a twin, derived from the coupling of two horizontal cylinders of UT3.
The first track tractor
In 1936 the first crawler tractor, the C35, based on UT6; it was also called UT6C. Two years after Bubba Corporation produces ARIETE (37/45 HP), first tractor Bubba designed not by Ulisse, but by engineers Emmanueli and Giorgi.
LO5, the last hothead by Bubba
In 1950 Bubba produced its last hothead engined tractor, the LO5 (45 HP); also the tracked LO 6 was designed, but never produced.
Buying Arbos, bicycle factory
In 1952 Mr. Lodigiani buys the bicycle factory ARBOS (acronym from Araldi and Boselli, the two founders) in San Lazzaro (Piacenza) and moves the plant to Santimento. Here Arbos starts producing combines, the first prototype mounting a MT 52 Deutz air-cooled engine. MT 100 A and 100 B follow, this latest being the version for rice.
Bubba to Arbos-Bubba
In 1954 the Bubba becomes ARBOS-BUBBA. In 1956 go into production the 100 C combine (both wheeled or tracked) and Skylark 650 mounting a Fiat Diesel engine, followed by 1000 Super and 750 Super.
Americans buy Arbos
In 1964 WHITE buys ARBOS Spa. The following year comes the 1220, the new European flagship. In a few years, the range expands: 1220, 780, Record, 120 Panther, 165 Tiger, 100 Lynx and 125 Jaguar. In 1971 the self-leveling: called Panther 7 Hills, it sports the first 4 sides-leveling system - longitudinal and transversal - worldwide.
The New Arbos
In 1976 ARBOS Spa is taken by Magni brothers andrenamed NEW ARBOS. It presents the self-leveling 565 AL and go into production two new self-leveling: 565 A 4L and 705 A 4L.
The end of a prestigious brand
In 1994 ARBOS definitely closes. It was only four years to celebrate centennial.
The New Era has come
Arbos begins a new chapter in its history, whose future is linked to the ambitious “One Belt, One Road” project, the modern Silk Road linking East and West, with a path able to transfer technologies, ideas and culture, considering sustainability and environmental protection.