Category : Classic Machines

Classic Machines Loaders

Let’s Make A Big Loader – The Caterpillar 983 loader

Charles Fairbairn
Caterpillar’s model 983 Traxcavator is the largest track type loader the Company has ever produced in it’s 90+ year history. Due to the rise in
Classic Machines Scrapers

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Charles Fairbairn
Some ideas are brilliant but never seem to catch on, some are basically flawed from the start and others are the subject of nightmares and
Classic Machines Tractors

The Allis-Chalmers HD-20, last of A-C’s GM-powered Crawlers

Contractor Magazine
A big tractor in its day, The Allis-Chalmers HD-20 was another part of the power struggle that took place between Allis-Chalmers and International-Harvester during the
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines: Euclid’s 16TDT twin powered scraper

Contractor Magazine
One of Euclid’s earliest twin powered scrapers, the Euclid 16TDT was a progressive development of that Company’s experiments with tandem powered earthmovers and it created
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic machines: The Caterpillar 615 scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Filling a hole in the (then) lineup of Caterpillar elevating scrapers, the Caterpillar model 615 was a great little machine with some features unique to
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic machines: The Michigan 110-15 scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Clark-Michigan is a name more commonly known to New Zealand contractors for their range of wheel loaders rather than motor scrapers. However the Michigan range
Classic Machines Contractor

Classic machines: The International-Harvester TD-24 revisited

Charles Fairbairn
The end of World War Two saw a massive increase in the demand for heavy equipment. Top of contractors’ wish lists were large, high horsepower,
Classic Machines Contractor Scrapers

Classic Machines: LeTourneau’s Model A Tournapull

Charles Fairbairn
R.G LeTourneau conceived the idea of the self-propelled motor scraper while recovering from a near-fatal auto accident.  He approached Caterpillar with the concept but they