Tag : Downer & Co

Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines: The Caterpillar 666 motor scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Following requests from a number of our readers, this month’s featured machine is the Caterpillar 666, however, no 666s were ever imported into New Zealand.
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines: The Euclid TS-24 motor scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Euclid TS-24s were a major influence in shaping New Zealand, responsible for opening up many areas of the country. By Richard Campbell The Euclid TS-24
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: The Allis-Chalmers HD-21 tractor

Charles Fairbairn
Developed directly from their model HD-20 (introduced 1951), the HD-21 featured among other things, one of the diesel engines from the recently acquired Buda Engine
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines – The Euclid/Terex S-24 scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Designed as a direct replacement for its existing S-18 single engined motor scraper, the Euclid (later Terex) S-24 had a long career and was the
Contractor Historical

We shall not forget: the Kiwi pioneers and engineers on The Western Front

Charles Fairbairn
Many Kiwi engineers and civil construction workers were the backbone of the New Zealand forces in WW1. They included such industry-making figures as Arnold Downer,
Comment Contractor Historical

Paying respect to Arnold Downer’s legacy

Vijay Naidu
Of the handful of family names indelibly etched in the history of our civil contracting industry is Downer, founded by engineer Arnold Downer over 80