Category : Classic Machines

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 Pay-Scrapers PayLine 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...
619 scraper all-hydraulic Caterpillar elevating Scrapers

The Caterpillar 619 scraper

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Caterpillar’s model 619 motor scraper was the very first of its ‘600’ series machines and introduced quite a few innovations not seen on its previous...
12G Loader Allis-Chalmers Loaders

The Allis-Chalmers 12G loader

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Allis-Chalmers, in its heyday, was known as a very innovative company. Be it in engineering or design, it could be counted on to provide the...
252 scraper elevating Scrapers tandem powered Wabco

Classic Machines: The Wabco 252 scraper

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As it transpired, the Wabco 252FT was the last in a long line of C-series Tournapulls, and was an excellent machine, but debuted at the...
Caterpillar Motor Graders No.16 grader

The Caterpillar No.16 Motor Grader

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Sometimes bigger really is better, especially when it comes to construction equipment. Case in point, Caterpillar’s No.16 Motor Grader. By Richard Campbell Authors Note: Our...
Euclid Scrapers SS-40 scraper triple axle

The Euclid SS-40 scraper

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The 1960s were the halcyon days of big motor scrapers. Most of the large equipment manufacturers had a machine in their sales catalogue with a...
Allis-Chalmers Contractor HD-5 heavy tractor Tractors

Classic Machines: The Allis-Chalmers HD-5

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Allis-Chalmers always had a good reputation for making reliable and versatile track type tractors, but its new HD-5 introduced in 1946 exceeded all expectations. By...