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Classic Machines Scrapers

Caterpillar’s Towed Scrapers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Forgotten companies

Forgotten companies: LaPlant-Choate

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LaPlant-Choate is not a well-known name in New Zealand. In fact if you mentioned it to a contractor today he would probably give you a very...
Classic Machines Loaders

Classic Machines: The International Harvester 175 payloader

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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...