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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
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 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 &
Classic Machines Forgotten companies

Forgotten companies: Bucyrus-Erie

Charles Fairbairn
The Bucyrus-Erie Company was world famous for it’s range of face shovels, draglines, cranes and other mining and quarry equipment. However, it also made a
Classic Machines Scrapers

A more modern look at the Allis-Chalmers TS-200 motorscraper

Gill Prentice
Although it was not an original Allis-Chalmers design, the model TS-200 motorscraper paved the way for a far more successful machine in Allis’ product line,
Classic Machines Forgotten companies

Forgotten companies: Isaacson

Charles Fairbairn
Back in time when the track type tractor was still considered a new tool for earthmoving, there were dozens of companies offering attachments to outfit
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

Classic Machines: The Allis-Chalmers TS-460 motor scraper

Charles Fairbairn
Allis-Chalmers was always an innovator when it came to construction equipment although not all of its products were instant successes, its TS-460 motor scraper being
Classic Machines Scrapers

Classic Machines: Caterpillar’s DW21 scraper revisited

Charles Fairbairn
Born of necessity, the Caterpillar DW21, the great granddaddy of all Caterpillar 2-axle scrapers, went on to become a very successful scraper for Cat and
Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: The Caterpillar D8 tractor

Charles Fairbairn
A true classic tractor in every sense of the word, the Caterpillar D8 has been around in various forms since 1935.   BY RICHARD CAMPBELL This