Category : Classic Machines

Classic Machines

Earthfill Compaction – A Brief History

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Good compaction of fill is essential if you are to avoid subsidence. The Romans and Egyptians knew it and so did the so-called “primitive” tribes...
657 & 657B scraper Caterpillar

Classic Machines: The Caterpillar 657 and 657B model scraper

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Creating quite a stir when it was first announced, the Caterpillar 657 has been the backbone of large capacity scraper fleets since 1962 and remains...
Forgotten companies

Forgotten companies: Ateco

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Once the number one go-to organization for tractor rippers and a myriad of other useful attachments, the American Tractor Equipment Corporation (ATECO) enjoyed major success...
LeTourneau

The LeTourneau Model B Tournapull

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LeTourneau was the pioneer in motor scraper development in the late 1930s, nobody else came close to replicating his success.  With his Model A Tournapull...
Allis-Chalmers TS-360 scraper

The Allis-Chalmers TS-360 scraper

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Following its buy out of LaPlant-Choate in 1952, Allis-Chalmers proceeded to improve and enhance its products. One of the first machines to receive attention was...
Caterpillar the 941 Traxcavator

The Caterpillar 941 Traxcavator

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There is an old adage that says “If it looks right, it probably is right”, and that appellation most certainly describes the Caterpillar 941 Traxcavator....
Forgotten companies LaPlant-Choate

The LaPlant-Choate TS-300 motor scraper

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LaPlant-Choate’s TS-300 owes its origins to a design formulated prior to World War 2. The TS-300 was LaPlant-Choate’s first motor scraper and despite being taken...
Vickers

The VR180, Vigor & Vikon track type tractors

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There are three machines which seem to have acquired mystical status for fans of earthmoving equipment in New Zealand – The Euclid TC-12,  Euclid 16TDT,...
Elevating scraper International-Harvester Scrapers

The International-Harvester E200 scraper – A new look

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We last had an overview of the International Harvester E200 back in 2007, and a considerable amount of new information has come to hand since...
Clark-Michigan

The Clark-Michigan 180 Wheel Dozer

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In some countries, particularly New Zealand, wheel dozers are an under-appreciated item of machinery. The wheeled bulldozer is actually an extremely versatile piece of equipment...