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Classic Machines Scrapers

Caterpillar’s Towed Scrapers

Charles Fairbairn
For over 30 years, Caterpillars towed scrapers were a mainstay of most contractors’ earthmoving fleets. As a one man tool, they could cut spread and
Classic Machines Scrapers

The history of the towed scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Before the motor scraper there was the towed scraper – one of the first types of bulk earthmoving equipment to be invented.   RICHARD CAMPBELL looks
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: Caterpillar’s first D9 tractor

Charles Fairbairn
When released in 1955, the Caterpillar D9D was one of the world’s largest and heaviest track type tractors, only exceeded in size by the Euclid
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: International Harvester’s 400 series scrapers

Charles Fairbairn
An an entirely new design from International Harvester, the 400 series was based around a modular concept of construction and consisted of four machines –
Classic Machines Loaders

Classic Machines: The International Harvester 175 payloader

Charles Fairbairn
Introduced in 1963, the Model 175 was one of a quartet of totally integrated track type loaders to be offered by International Harvester (the others