Category : Classic Machines

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
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines: International-Harvester’s 495 PayScraper

Charles Fairbairn
A large brute of a motor scraper, the International-Harvester model 495 was the only three-axle, open bowl scraper ever offered by the Company and it
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: The Terex 82-20 crawler tractor

Charles Fairbairn
Smallest of all the production Terex track type tractors, the 82-20 was designed to expand Terex’s market share of the crawler tractor business and take
Forgotten companies

Forgotten companies: Carco

Charles Fairbairn
Many of the readership will identify the name Carco as being associated with logging winches and forestry equipment. However, Carco’s roots go much further back
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: The Allis-Chalmers HD-19 revisited

Charles Fairbairn
Allis-Chalmers led the charge for a bigger, higher horsepower track type tractor following World War Two. The resulting model HD-19 was a breakthrough in many
Contractor Scrapers

Evolution of the Single Axle Scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Grand-daddy of all the scrapers (apart from the horse-drawn, wheel-less Fresno type), the single axle scraper has a niche in the history of earthmoving and
Classic Machines Contractor Forgotten companies

Classic machines: The scrapers of Curtiss-Wright

Charles Fairbairn
A company far better known for its aircraft such as the legendary Jenny, Kittyhawk, Tomahawk and Helldiver, plus a very successful line of aircraft engines,
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: Caterpillar’s D7 tractor -‘the early years’

Charles Fairbairn
The iconic Caterpillar D7 has been in continuous production in various versions since 1935. They have fought in three major conflicts – WWII, Korea &