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Heavy Construction News – Caterpillar Inc

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Traded as

DJIA Component
S&P 100 Component
S&P 500 Component

Industry Heavy equipment
Financial services
Predecessor C. L. Best
Holt Manufacturing Company
Founded April 15, 1925; 91 years ago
California, U.S.
Headquarters Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Jim Umpleby (Chairman and CEO)
Revenue Decrease US$38.537 billion (2016)
Operating income
Decrease US$498 million (2016)
Net income
Decrease US$-67 million (2016)
Total assets Decrease US$74.704 billion (2016)
Total equity Decrease US$13.213 billion (2016)
Number of employees
95,400 (2016)
Parent Irving Place Capital
Website www.caterpillar.com

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is an American corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. With more than US$89 billion in assets, Caterpillar was ranked number one in its industry and number 44 overall in the 2009 Fortune 500.[6] In 2016 Caterpillar was ranked #59 on the Fortune 500 list and #194 on the Global Fortune 500 list. Caterpillar stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Caterpillar Inc. traces its origins to the 1925 merger of the Holt Manufacturing Company and the C. L. Best Tractor Company, creating a new entity, the California-based Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1986, the company re-organized itself as a Delaware corporation under the current name, Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar’s headquarters are located in Peoria, Illinois; it announced in January 2017 that over the course of that year it would relocate its headquarters to Chicago.

The company also licenses and markets a line of clothing and workwear boots under its Cat / Caterpillar name. Caterpillar machinery is recognizable by its trademark “Caterpillar Yellow” livery and the “CAT” logo.

Benjamin Holt, one of the founding fathers of Holt Manufacturing Company.


The steam tractors of the 1890s and early 1900s were extremely heavy, sometimes weighing 1,000 pounds (450 kg) per horsepower, and often sank into the rich, soft earth of the San Joaquin Valley Delta farmland surrounding Stockton, California. Benjamin Holt attempted to fix the problem by increasing the size and width of the wheels up to 7.5 feet (2.3 m) tall and 6 feet (1.8 m) wide, producing a tractor 46 feet (14 m) wide. But this also made the tractors increasingly complex, expensive and difficult to maintain.

Two Holt 45 gas crawler tractors team up to pull a long wagon train in the Mojave Desert during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1909.

Another solution considered was to lay a temporary plank road ahead of the steam tractor, but this was time-consuming, expensive, and interfered with earthmoving. Holt thought of wrapping the planks around the wheels. He replaced the wheels on a 40 horsepower (30 kW) Holt steamer, No. 77, with a set of wooden tracks bolted to chains. On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1904, he successfully tested the updated machine plowing the soggy delta land of Roberts Island.

Company photographer Charles Clements was reported to have observed that the tractor crawled like a caterpillar, and Holt seized on the metaphor. “Caterpillar it is. That’s the name for it!” Some sources, though, attribute this name to British soldiers in July 1907. Two years later Holt sold his first steam-powered tractor crawlers for US$5,500, about US$128,000 today. Each side featured a track frame measured 30 inches (760 mm) high by 42 inches (1,100 mm) wide and were 9 feet (2.7 m) long. The tracks were 3 inches (76 mm) by 4 inches (100 mm) redwood slats.

Holt received the first patent for a practical continuous track for use with a tractor on December 7, 1907 for his improved “Traction Engine” (“improvement in vehicles, and especially of the traction engine class; and included endless traveling platform supports upon which the engine iscarried”).

Move to Peoria

A postcard showing the Caterpillar Tractor Co. plant in Peoria, period 1930–1945.

On February 2, 1910, Holt opened up a plant in East Peoria, Illinois, led by his nephew Pliny Holt. There Pliny met farm implement dealer Murray Baker who knew of an empty factory that had been recently built to manufacture farm implements and steam traction engines. Baker, who later became the first executive vice president of what became Caterpillar Tractor Company, wrote to Holt headquarters in Stockton and described the plant of the bankrupt Colean Manufacturing Co. of East Peoria, Illinois. On October 25, 1909, Pliny Holt purchased the factory, and immediately began operations with 12 employees. Holt incorporated it as the Holt Caterpillar Company, although he did not trademark the name Caterpillar until August 2, 1910.

The addition of a plant in the Midwest, despite the hefty capital needed to retool the plant, proved so profitable that only two years later the company employed 625 people and was exporting tractors to Argentina, Canada, and Mexico.[19] Tractors were built in both Stockton and East Peoria.[20][21]

On January 31, 2017, after more than 90 years of being headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, the company announced plans to move their headquarters from Peoria to Chicago, Illinois by the end of 2017. The upper echelon of executives, including newly installed CEO Jim Umpleby, will begin relocating later this year, with up to 100 employees total moving by year’s end. About 300 employees will work in the new office at an as-yet undecided location once the transition is complete. The company indefinitely suspended planning for the new Peoria headquarters in the fall of 2015 after announcing a restructuring effort that called for up to 10,000 jobs to be cut and about 20 facilities around the world to be closed or consolidated. The changes contributed to $2.3 billion in savings in 2016, but sales and revenue for last year still were more than 40 percent below peak levels of 2012. Umpleby said that decline is a fundamental reason the company’s Board of Directors opted to move global headquarters to an area where the global marketplace is in easier reach.

Use in World War I

Holt’s track-type tractors played a support role in World War I. Even before the U.S. formally entered WWI, Holt had shipped 1,200 tractors to England, France and Russia for agricultural purposes. These governments, however, sent the tractors directly to the battlefront where the military put them to work hauling artillery and supplies. When World War I broke out, the British War Office ordered a Holt tractor and put it through trials at Aldershot. The War Office was suitably impressed and chose it as a gun-tractor.Over the next four years, the Holt tractor became a major artillery tractor, mainly used to haul medium guns like the 6-inch howitzer, the 60-pounder, and later the 9.2-inch howitzer.

Holt tractors were also the inspiration for the development of the British tank, which profoundly altered ground warfare tactics. Major Ernest Swinton, sent to France as an army war correspondent, very soon saw the potential of a track-laying tractor.:116 Although the British later chose an English firm to build its first tanks, the Holt tractor became “one of the most important military vehicles of all time.”

A Caterpillar D2, introduced in 1938, at the Serpentine Vintage Tractor Museum, Serpentine, Western Australia.

Post-war challenges

Holt tractors had become well known during World War I. Military contracts formed the major part of the company’s production. When the war ended, Holt’s planned expansion to meet the military’s needs was abruptly terminated. The heavy-duty tractors needed by the military were unsuitable for farmers. The company’s situation worsened when artillery tractors were returned from Europe, depressing prices for new equipment and Holt’s unsold inventory of military tractors. The company struggled with the transition from wartime boom to peacetime bust. To keep the company afloat, they borrowed heavily.

C. L. Best Gas Tractor Company, formed by Clarence Leo Best in 1910 and Holt’s primary competitor, had during the war received government support enabling it to supply farmers with the smaller agricultural tractors they needed. As a result, Best had gained a considerable market advantage over Holt by war’s end. Best also assumed considerable debt to allow it to continue expansion, especially production of its new Best Model 60 “Tracklayer”.

Both companies were adversely impacted by the transition from a wartime to a peacetime economy, which contributed to a nationwide depression, further inhibiting sales. On December 5, 1920, 71-year-old Benjamin Holt died after a month-long illness.

Caterpillar company formed (1925)

A 60-horsepower Caterpillar Sixty being used for road work in the Cibola National Forest, New Mexico, United States in 1931

The banks who held the company’s large debt forced the Holt board of directors to accept their candidate, Thomas A. Baxter, to succeed Benjamin Holt. Baxter initially cut the large tractors from the company’s product line and introduced smaller models focused on the agricultural market. When the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921 funded a US$1 billion federal highway building program, Baxter began re-focusing the company towards building road construction equipment.[:66 Both companies also faced fierce competition from the Fordson company.

Between 1907 and 1918, Best and Holt had spent about US$1.5 million in legal fees fighting each other in a number of contractual, trademark and patent infringement lawsuits. Harry H. Fair of the bond brokerage house of Pierce, Fair & Company of San Francisco had helped to finance C. L. Best’s debt and Holt shareholders approached him about their company’s financial difficulty. Fair recommended that the two companies should merge. In April and May 1925, the financially stronger C. L. Best merged with the market leader Holt Caterpillar to form the Caterpillar Tractor Co.

The new company was headquartered in San Leandro until 1930, when under the terms of the merger it was moved to Peoria. Baxter had been removed as CEO earlier in 1925, and Clarence Leo Best assumed the title of CEO, and remained in that role until October 1951.

The Caterpillar company consolidated its product lines, offering only five track-type tractors: the 2 Ton, 5 Ton, and 10 Ton from the Holt Manufacturing Company’s old product line and the Caterpillar 30 and Caterpillar 60 from the C. L. Best Tractor Co.’s former product line. The 10 Ton and 5 Ton models were discontinued in 1926. In 1928, the 2 Ton was discontinued. Sales the first year were US$13 million. By 1929, sales climbed to US$52.8 million, and Caterpillar continued to grow throughout the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Caterpillar adopted the diesel engine to replace gasoline engines. During World War II, Caterpillar products found fame with the Seabees, Construction Battalions of the United States Navy, who built airfields and other facilities in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Caterpillar ranked 44th among United States corporations in the value of wartime military production contracts. During the post-war construction boom, the company grew at a rapid pace and launched its first venture outside the U.S. in 1950, marking the beginning of Caterpillar’s development into a multinational corporation.

Expansion in developing markets


Caterpillar built its first Russian facility in the town of Tosno, located near St. Petersburg, Russia. It was completed in 16 months and occupied in November 1999. It had the first electrical substation built in the Leningrad Oblast since the Communist government was dissolved on December 26, 1991. The facility was built under harsh winter conditions, where the temperature was below −13 °F (−25 °C). The facility construction was managed by the Lemminkäinen Group located in Helsinki, Finland.[citation needed]

The $125M Caterpillar Suzhou, People’s Republic of China facility, manufactures medium wheel loaders and motorgraders, primarily for the Asian market. The first machine was scheduled for production in March 2009. URS Ausino, in San Francisco, California, manages facility construction.[citation needed]

Caterpillar has manufactured in Brazil since 1960. In 2010 the company announced plans to further expand production of backhoe and small wheel loaders with a new factory.

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Heavy Construction News – SDLG Debuts New Compact Wheel Loader

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SDLG debuted a new compact wheel loader – the SDLG L918F – at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company will occupy Gold Lot Booth G3890, an outdoor booth at the show, which runs from March 7-11. Several experts will be on hand to discuss the new machine and how it fits into the brand’s overall North American strategy.

The move to expand the company’s product range comes on the heels of its successful launch into North America. SDLG has seen significant growth in terms of its dealer network and customer base over the past few years, as well as the introduction of its Tier 4 Final machines in 2016.

The L918F will be SDLG’s fifth wheel loader offering in North America and it will feature a 1.0 yd3 bucket capacity mounted to a skid steer style coupler, placing it in the compact loader category but with the versatility of skid steer style attachments. In addition, the unit will have an optional 1.3 yd3 bucket with wheel loader ISO coupler. The machine will compete with large skid steer loaders, providing the same bucket capacity but with increased maneuverability and operator comfort. Additionally, the compact loader’s steering mechanism will cause less damage to job site grounds when compared with a skid steer loader.

Al Quinn, Director of SDLG North America, says customer demand is the driving force behind introducing the new machine, with several companies asking SDLG dealers for a compact, value loader alternative for many current skid steer loader applications. He explains that the new model was part of the brand’s long-term strategy.

“This new launch demonstrates the maturation of SDLG in the North American market,” Quinn says. “It’s a milestone. We have tested the concept of offering robust, reliable, value machines into the region and we’re now confident that the strategy works. SDLG will continue to expand and offer more products over the coming years that are similarly positioned in the marketplace.”

Compact and versatile

The L918F excels in a variety of applications, including landscaping, work in stone and mulch yards, snow removal, and waste and recycling. Like other SDLG loaders, it’s ideal for applications that are seasonal or don’t require lots of operating hours. The machine is also perfect for owners that can find value in a reliable, low-cost loader backed by a 12-month, 2,000-hour warranty, with extended warranties available. SDLG loaders serve as a viable alternative to used, premium machines, and can often provide a lower total cost of ownership.

The L918F features:

A Deutz Tier 4 Final engine (no DPF filter)
Dry disc brakes
Two-speed countershaft transmission
A 1.0 yd3 SSL bucket capacity w/ in-cab coupler pin control. Optional 1.3 yd3 ISO/GP bucket capacity will also be offered
An operating weight of 14,990 lbs.
A rated load limit of 2,200 lbs.
A maximum breakout force of 112,240 lbs.-ft. with a standard boom
A compact body that is only 9 ft. 7 in. tall and 6 ft. 8 in. wide

Also at SDLG’s booth for CONEXPO 2017 will be the L948F, a 3.0 yd3 capacity Tier 4 Final wheel loader that was introduced in June 2016. Along with a more environmentally sensitive engine, SDLG’s Tier 4 Final machines offer several other improvements that include passive regeneration, cab enhancements, improved serviceability, improved operator controls, and improved heating and air conditioning for operator comfort.

A brand on the rise

SDLG is one of the world’s top sellers of wheel loaders. The brand was introduced to North America in 2013, having proven itself in many other regions. The goal was to test the viability of a value brand option in the market, offering machines with simple but proven, reliable technology at an affordable cost. A seasoned dealer network and solid warranty further bolstered the company’s value proposition.

Since 2013, the brand has seen significant growth, as its North American dealer network has grown to 30 dealers in 54 locations. In 2016 the company added a second distribution center for the West Coast in Seattle, Washington, to extend the capabilities offered by its distribution and parts center near Atlanta, GA.

Several municipalities in Canada and the U.S., including the New Jersey Department of Transportation, are using SDLG wheel loaders for roadwork and snow removal, among other applications. In the future, SDLG intends to offer additional types of equipment in North America, including a backhoe and a motor grader.

“SDLG will build upon its proven success in other regions of the world and follow the same global model,” Quinn says. “We’ve seen that there is an opening in the market for value-priced products that offer simple, reliable technology and we’re excited to expand our lineup to offer machines that benefit this large segment of customers.”

About the Author

Nathan Medcalf is an editor with 15 years experience writing audience-pleasing articles for publications such as The Hamilton Spectator, In Business Windsor Magazine, Mayday magazine, and more.

Nathan began his career at Equipment Journal in December of 2006, writing for print and web publication. His stories capture the most important news and events in the heavy equipment industry in Canad

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Heavy Construction News – Caterpillar 918M

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Caterpillar 918M Wheel Loader Informative Walk-Around

Here is a first look at Cat’s brand new 918M wheel loader. This machine will be coming out around September of 2016. I was given the machine for a week to use and provide feedback on it. It is supposed to compete with the wheel loaders I operate in the winter. It gets 2 thumbs up from me. I liked it. Like what you see? Check out The Dirt Ninja on Facebook here:

Introducing the all new Cat 918M Compact Wheel Loader. This new model to the compact loader family features the Optimized Z-bar Loader Linkgage to handle loads with precise control, all around visibility from the comfort of the heated, air suspension seat inside the cab, as well as the standard fuel savings Eco Mode. The intuitive controls and compact size of this machine make it quick and easy to operate in tight spaces. Indispensible to any jobsite, the 918M is a powerful fuel efficient machine giving you the best value in its size class.


Maximum Gross Power 115.0 hp
Net Power 113.0 hp
Bore 4.13 in
Stroke 5.0 in
Displacement 268.0 in3
Engine Model Cat C4.4 ACERT™
Maximum Gross Power: Maximum Engine Speed 2350.0 RPM
Maximum Gross Power: SAE J1995 117.0 hp
Maximum Gross Power: ISO 14396 115.0 hp
Maximum Gross Power: ISO 14396 (DIN) 117.0 hp
Rated Net Power: Rated Engine Speed 2200.0 RPM
Rated Net Power: SAE J1349 112.0 hp
Rated Net Power: ISO 9249 113.0 hp
Rated Net Power: ISO 9249 (DIN) 114.0 hp
Maximum Gross Torque: SAE J1995 372.0 lbf-ft
Maximum Gross Torque: ISO 14396 369.0 lbf-ft
Maximum Net Torque: SAE J1349 361.0 lbf-ft
Maximum Net Torque: ISO 9249 365.0 lbf-ft
Emissions Engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards.
Note Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel plus front drive implement pump when the engine is equipped with fan, air cleaner, muffler and alternator.


Operating Weight 20917.0 lb

Service Refill Capacities

Transmission 0.9 gal
Cooling System 5.7 gal
Fuel Tank 40.7 gal
Hydraulic System (including tank) 25.9 gal
Engine Crankcase 2.3 gal
Axles: Front 4.5 gal
Axles: Rear 4.5 gal
Hydraulic Tank 14.5 gal
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Tank 5.0 gal
Note DEF used in Cat SCR systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241-1.

Operating Specifications

Rated Bucket Capacity 2.5 yd3


Bucket Capacities 1.3-1.9 m3 (1.7-2.5 yd3)


Steering Articulation Angle (each direction) 40.0 degrees
Maximum Flow – Steering Pump 21.7 gal/min
Maximum Working Pressure – Steering Pump 3190.0 psi
Steering Cycle Times (full left to full right): At 2,350 RPM: 90 RPM steering wheel speed 2.3 seconds
Number of Steering Wheel Turns – full left to full right or full right to full left 3.4 turns

Loader Hydraulic System

Maximum Flow – Implement Pump 43.6 gal/min
Maximum Flow – Implement Pump: 3rd Function, Maximum Flow, Standard 25.0 gal/min
Maximum Flow – Implement Pump: 3rd Function, Maximum Flow, High 40.0 gal/min
Maximum Flow – Implement Pump: 4rd Function, Maximum Flow 25.0 gal/min
Maximum Working Pressure – Implement Pump 4061.0 psi
Relief Pressure – Tilt Cylinder 4641.0 psi
Relief Pressure – Tilt Cylinder: 3rd Function Relief Pressure 4641.0 psi
Relief Pressure – Tilt Cylinder: 4th Function Relief Pressure 4641.0 psi
Hydraulic Cycle Times: Raise (ground level to maximum lift) 4.8 seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Times: Dump (at maximum reach) 1.8 seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Times: Float Down (maximum lift to ground level) 2.7 seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Times: Total Cycle Time 11.5 seconds
Hydraulic Cycle Times:: Rack Back 2.2 seconds
Note All cycle times listed are with cylinder snubbing turned off.


Forward and Reverse: Low Range, Speed Range 1* 6.3 mph
Forward and Reverse: Low Range, Speed Range 2 12.5 mph
Forward and Reverse: High Range 25.0 mph
Note *Creeper Control allows speed control from a stand still up to 10 km/h (6.3 mph). The Creeper Control will only work in Range 1.


Standard Size 17.5-25 12PR
Other Choices Include: 17.5-25 12PR L2; 17.5-R25 XHA * L3; 17.5-R25 * L2/L3 PC RM; 17.5-25 16PR L3, 3PC Rim; 17.5-25 GY L2/L3; 17.5-25 12PR L2, SNOW; Flexport™
Note Other tire choices are available. Contact your Cat dealer for details.
Note In certain applications, the loader’s productive capabilities may exceed the tire’s tonnes-km/h (ton-mph) capabilities.
Note Caterpillar recommends that you consult a tire supplier to evaluate all conditions before selecting a tire model.


ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471-1994
FOPS SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98, Level II, ISO 3449 1992 Level II
Note Cab and Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) are standard in North America and Europe.
Note The declared dynamic operator sound pressure levels per ISO 6396:2008*, when properly installed and maintained, is 77 dB(A).
Note The labelled sound power level for the CE marked configurations when measured according to the test procedure and conditions specified in 2000/14/EC is 103 dB(A).
Note *The measurements were conducted with the cab doors and windows closed.


Front Fixed; Locking differential (standard)
Rear Oscillating ±11 degrees; Locking differential (standard)



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Heavy Construction News – The World’s largest hydrostatic bulldozer

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Loading and moving the World’s largest hydrostatic bulldozer, the Liebherr PR776

World’s first hydrostatically powered crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category: Liebherr PR 776

  • Market launch for Bauma 2016
  • Significantly lower fuel consumption than the industry standard with similar pushing performance
  • Maximum operating comfort thanks to intuitive joystick control
  • Maximum safety with excellent view of equipment and surrounding area

Liebherr unveils its first crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category – the New PR776. Designed for tough mining and quarry operations.

The new Liebherr crawler tractor PR 776 is suitable for mining and quarry operations

The new Liebherr crawler tractor PR 776 is suitable for mining and quarry operations

The new PR 776 is powered by a Liebherr 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 565 kW (768 HP / 759 HP). The PR 776 has a maximum operating weight of 74t and is equipped with blade capacities of 18m³ / 23.5yd³ (semi-U blade) or 22m³ / 28.8yd³ (U blade).

Efficiency and performance: Modern, infinitely variable drive concept

The modern drive concept of the new PR 776 offers extremely efficient and safe operation to customers. A new feature in this machine class is the infinitely variable hydrostatic travel drive, which is used for all crawler tractors from Liebherr

Another advantage of the modern drive concept is the optimization of pressure flow. Hydraulic servo pressure is based on-demand according to the task. If, for example, the full feed of pressure supply is not required when operating, this is automatically returned.

The ECO function is standard for all Liebherr Generation 6 crawler tractors – including the new PR 776. It allows operators to choose between high performance and maximum efficiency. The ECO control system enables greater travel drive efficiency in light to medium operations, and also provides greater fuel savings.

The proactive power control is another innovation of the 6th generation crawler tractors. Internal engine and external machine parameters are recorded, such as the current deflection of the joystick. If required, the engine power is automatically increased for a brief period based on the current requirement. As well as responding more rapidly, the machines offer a significant increase in performance potential and pulling power and a higher reverse speed.

Liebherr custom-engineers integral equipment solutions. The intelligent Liebherr engine management system combined with the Liebherr Power Efficiency System and the hydrostatic driveline allows Liebherr to master and optimize all equipment systems and processes to maintain constant engine speed, increase overall machine efficiency and reduce fuel consumption of the PR776. Differentiating Liebherr’s travel drive concept from other drive concepts available on the market, with which the engine speed fluctuates sharply during operation.

All of these measures lead to significantly lower fuel consumption than the industry standard with similar pushing performance.

Another key advantage of hydrostatically powered crawlers when working in restricted spaces is the excellent manoeuvrability with continuous power to both tracks.

With an optional GPS navigation system, the work progress and the surrounding area can be visualized. increasing machine productivity and minimizing operator stress and strain.

Pendulum-mounted guide wheels and track rollers ensure excellent chain traction and significantly reduce equipment vibration.

Operator comfort: Intuitive operation

The operator quickly finds his bearings in the new PR776 platform developed especially for this machine class. A focal point for development was the simple and safe operation of the crawler tractor. The multifunction joystick houses all operating and steering movements at the palm of the operator’ hand with only one electronic input element. This intuitive operating concept was subject to rigorous testing at Liebherr and is an important innovation for the 70 t crawler tractor’s category, particularly in mining applications.

The modern and spacious workstation in the PR 776 ensures excellent environment for greater performance and relaxed working conditions. The cab is purposely designed. All instruments and operating controls are carefully organized for easy reach. All key functions and machine settings can be adjusted by the operator via the touchscreen display. ECO function parameters, automatic engine speed reduction, travel drive response, steering as well as standard safety functions such as the rear view camera can be all be accessed through the intuitive touchscreen display.

Operators can conveniently adjust multiple machine settings including travel drive, blade and rear ripper to their needs. Ergonomically shaped joysticks ensure operator’s comfort. An automatic air-sprung seat detects and adjusts to the operator and deactivates the machine when exiting the cab without a safety lever having to be actuated.

A brand new feature in the 70 tonnes category is the intuitive control interface housed in the new PR776 operator’s cab.

A brand new feature in the 70 tonnes category is the intuitive control interface housed in the new PR776 operator’s cab.

Maximum safety with excellent view of equipment and surrounding area

The modern design of the new Liebherr PR 776 offers all-round visibility for safe and efficient day-to-day operation. Safety is enhanced by the excellent visibility of the worksite, the blade and rear ripper which is assured by the larger panoramic windows and downward slopes on the PR 776.

A new feature in this class is the ROPS / FOPS protection integrated directly in the cab structure as standard for Liebherr crawler tractors.

Forward visibility is completely unobstructed as the exhaust system and lifting rams have been positioned behind the A-pillars. Also the side view of the working area is clear and unobstructed by the extended work platform. This allows access to the cab, service points and filler necks for auxiliary and operating fluids.

Another safety factor is the newly developed illuminated safety ladders. For optimal illumination of the working area, high performance LEDs are used depending on the chosen equipment level. The modular lighting concept is an element of the new machine design and makes it possible for the lighting to be adapted optimally to the respective use.

Reliability: Robust components manufactured in-house

Liebherr Diesel Engines have powered construction machinery around the world for decades. Developed for tough conditions, they guarantee maximum operational safety, reliability and a long service life thanks to the robust design and state-of-the-art technology. With the tried-and-tested hydrostatic Liebherr travel drive, components with high wear such as multi-speed gearboxes, steering clutches or service brake are not installed. Instead, the high-quality hydraulic pumps and engines work practically wear-free and are particularly reliable.

Liebherr has also custom-developed different configuration packages in-house for extreme applications such as desserts where extreme climates and low temperatures are common.

Optimal service accessibility and long change intervals

Centrally located maintenance points, access flaps and engine compartment doors that open to a wide angle, a tilting cab as standard equipment and, as an option, a radiator fan that can be swung out for cleaning are all features that speed up and simplify servicing work on the new Liebherr crawler tractor.

The new PR 776 has exceptionally long change intervals for operating fluids such as hydraulic or engine oil. Depending on the nature of the work, and provided that regular checks are performed, the change interval for Liebherr-plus oils can be as long as 8,000 hours of operation.

The standard Liebherr fleet management system LiDAT provides an accurate, efficient overview of essential servicing work, warning messages, the machine’s position and actual consumption data and filling levels. Depending on the agreement with the customer, the data is updated several times a day and can be called up whenever needed via the Internet.


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Heavy Construction News – Cat Surface Mining Product Demo

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Cat Surface Mining Product Demo

As part of Mining Forum 2014, Caterpillar hosted several demonstrations of the Cat mining product line for customers from around the world at the Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center in Arizona.

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5 ways to avoid negative thinking

Self help tips

Everyone does get negative at some point in his or her life. Whether it is at work or home negative situations happen almost all the time. It is rather unfortunate that we cannot avoid them and thus beg the question of how can we change these negative thoughts to positive ones. It is important to be positive in adverse situations, even though it might sound hard or rather impossible, it is very much possible to stay positive no matter the situation. Learning the power of positive thinking assists us to remain in a positive state of mind even in the midst of a tragedy. Additionally, knowing how to convert that negative energy into positive energy can lead to a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

5 Tips To Avoid Being Negative

I have come up with five ways of how you can avoid being negative and when you put this five key points in mind you will be cheerful and even see some light of positivity in any situation that you may encounter.

1. Stay around positive people.

Hanging out with positive people will certainly help you stay positive. You should avoid negative people because they will only rub off their negativity off on you. They will bring you down from trying to achieve positivity to been a cynical person once more.

2. Remind yourself what you are grateful for.

In negative situations, we tend to find ourselves thinking of the good things in our lives. You should voice those good thoughts and practice gratitude. Develop a culture of talking about the good things that happen to you other than focusing on the bad ones. Also, it is ideal to keep a journal of all the good things that you have done on a daily basis. By acknowledging what you are grateful and thankful for will help you nature a grateful heart and mind, even in adverse situations.

3. Own up to your mistakes.

If you mess up, take responsibility. If you do something good, reward yourself. Do not blame other people for things that are your fault. This only brings a negative energy towards you by thinking all the negative things about that situation. Instead, accept the situation as it is and move on with life.

4. Avoid drama in your life.

Drama is an unfortunate and nasty characteristic to have. Part of avoiding drama is preventing dramatic people. Avert the gossip at all cost. It will do you no good and only helps to spread negativity.

5. Be kind to people.

By being kind, you will not have time for negative thoughts. Do various acts of kindness every day. This will keep you in a happy spirit. Besides, karma will also pay you back handsomely for your kind deeds.


Negativity is everywhere, heck even in weddings, days that are considered to be the happiest days in a person’s life. You will most likely find some few negative people there. It is important to transform yourself into a positive thinker since you will end up living a happy and healthy life. So be positive, and life will be positive with you.

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Heavy Construction News – Joy Global is now Komatsu Mining Corp.

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Komatsu today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wisconsin-based surface and underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global.

Citing a belief that the mining industry will see a long-term rebound driven by increased demand for larger equipment in surface mining and further development of underground mining, Komatsu first announced the $3.7 billion deal in July 2016.

Though the original announcement stated Joy Global would operate as a separate subsidiary of Komatsu and would retain the Joy Global brand, Komatsu has opted to rename the 133-year-old company to Komatsu Mining Corp. Komatsu says Joy Global shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and will no longer be publicly traded.

The company’s headquarters will remain in Milwaukee and the P&H, Joy and Montabert brands that it manufactures will live on. The acquisition introduces underground mining equipment, rope shovels, draglines, drills and super-sized loaders to Komatsu’s portfolio.

Dantotsu equipment and services will continued to be offered by Komatsu following the acquisition and Komatsu says it will likely bolster Dantotsu sales thanks to the influx of new underground mining customers.

Jeffrey Dawes has been tapped to lead Komatsu Mining Corp. Dawes, previously at the helm of Komatsu Latin America, and the management team will be based in Milwaukee.

“The combination of our Komatsu-brand surface mining equipment with the P&H, Joy and Montabert brands of surface and underground products will allow us to offer a complete range of mining solutions for our customers,” says Tetsuji Ohashi, president and CEO of Komatsu. “We plan to build on the strength of our shared cultures, including our unwavering belief in safety first and our passion for providing innovative solutions, to become an unrivaled mining solutions and services provider.”

Komatsu says the addition of 10,000 Joy Global employees brings its total global workforce to more than 57,000 workers. Full Story at http://www.equipmentworld.com

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Heavy Construction News – Equipment Review Video

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Testing the Limits of Heavy Equipment – Case Excavator, Bulldozer, Tractor review

Animalmother852 weeks ago
favorite piece of Equipment: Cat 299D2 XHP. least favorite: probably anything that has JCB written on it.

Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
Animalmother85 I’m going to be reviewing that JCB Teleskid soon


Animalmother852 weeks ago
Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek now that’s actually something I’d like to give a shot. I think they may be onto something there.

Thomas G

Thomas G2 weeks ago
Case equipment sucks.. And the local dealer sucks too!


Thomas G

Thomas G2 weeks ago
Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek yes sir. I love your videos by the way. And i personally and the company i work for have had nothing but issues with case equipment. We run cat, deere, and bobcat. And a kubota mini ex. We have little to no problems except operator error or regular maintenance. Im also in the grading and demo line of work.

Michael Mac Tavish

Michael Mac Tavish1 week ago (edited)
im a case fan like kubota wich my kubota dealer sells both

Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
Chris oshaughnessy thanks😃👍

Chris oshaughnessy

Chris oshaughnessy2 weeks ago

elbowbangin 71

elbowbangin 712 weeks ago
video sponsored by Milwaukee tools

Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
Case didn’t pay me anything but they did lend me the equipment so I could do the testing on it. If Cat, Kubota or other manufacturers lent me equipment to test out and video tape- I sure would. Then I could do more review videos on a variety of brands without spending thousands of $ to do it.


elbowbangin 71

elbowbangin 712 weeks ago
Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek good deal

john d

john d2 weeks ago
You had a John Deere hat on what’s up with that Stanley Mighty Moe excavating gives you thumbs up

Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
john d thanks might moe! The John Deere hat is just because they also make good equipment.

mike ice

mike ice2 weeks ago
Favorite bulldozer? Just gotta be a CAT D6T unless you are REALLY moving dirt then D10N hands down. I love Hitachi excavators, a few years back I was in a situation where I had to cold start a 200 EX at twenty below (not mine) the darn thing started with no ether, heater or jumper cables. Worst Iron on the planet (in my humble opinion) has Komatsu painted on the side, expensive parts and no longevity. The only good thing to do with a Komatsu dozer is melt it down and make CAT belt buckles out of it.

mike ice

mike ice1 week ago
R’s are sweet machines as well, Possibly one of the last good models. The “new” T’s are GARBAGE, GARBAGE,GARBAGE, soooo many problems with equipment availability due to DEF and REGN issues. If I recall……. the R’s were pre exhaust BS?


Nico39031 week ago
mike ice yea they are… not sure if they are the last pre-DEF models though

Andrew L1

Andrew L12 weeks ago
I have been running case construction equipment for 20 years started with an 1845B skid steer I love there equipment and have only had a few service calls but I’m pretty sure that guy would still be in my yard if I didn’t help him or kick him out! I’m in the north metro I don’t know who you are dealing with but if you could let me know I would be happy to pay them to come up here if they are better. Thanks for the video and all the great advice.

Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
I use Titan Machinery for Case and formerly Kobelco-but they dropped Kobelco

Michael Mac Tavish

Michael Mac Tavish1 week ago
case are great construction equipment like there case farm equipment and kubotas wich my kubota and case dealer sells the both brands

Trooperandcooper Ale

Trooperandcooper Ale2 weeks ago
MORE VIDEOS. That’s it, just more. How’s the lawn mowing side of the company going? <3 peace

Stanley &quot;Dirt Monkey&quot; Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago

Tyler Metternick

Tyler Metternick2 weeks ago
I like Cat or bobcat or Kabota

Stanley &quot;Dirt Monkey&quot; Genadek

Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek2 weeks ago
I run a ton of Bobcats for sure- all pretty good.


Ryan DeGrande

Ryan DeGrande2 weeks ago
I’m personally a caterpillar guy. Not the cheapest machines but like you said local shops…the cat dealer is literally 4 minutes from my house when parts are needed. They are easy to work on. Also I have a relationship with the cat dealer. Also great equipment However with case I have a case 580 backhoe. All I can say is that it’s 20 years old and fires up like your old case dozer. Less than one turn of the motor. Still running strong and many people still have old 580s in service today. and there’s a case dealer 15 minutes away.



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Heavy Construction News – Cool Bulldozer Toy for the little ones

Heavy Construction Toys

Kid Trax CAT Bulldozer – Kids Tractor (Unboxing and Riding)

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Your budding builder will feel like he or she is steering real machinery with the CAT Bulldozer 12-volt battery-powered ride-on, turning your backyard into a pretend construction site — no permit required! This cheerful yellow bulldozer has two motors for turn-in-place steering — just like the real thing! It’s loaded with realistic details, like Power Trax rubber traction strip tires, a manual lift-and-dump bucket, and electronic diesel motor and construction-themed sound effects for a fun and authentic experience. Your child can use the boom to lift and dump small items with the bulldozer’s realistic bucket. The ride-on bulldozer also includes two plastic boulders and a yellow hard hat. Includes a 12-volt battery and charger, charge time is 14 to 18 hours for approximately 1.5 hours of use time. Maximum weight capacity is 55 pounds; some assembly required.
Kid Trax CAT Bulldozer 12-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-On:

  • 1 speed forward plus reverse
  • Kid Trax ride-on has a top speed of 2.5 mph
  • Twin motor power allows authentic turn-in-place steering
  • Power Trax rubber traction strip tires
  • Plastic construction
  • Manual lift and dump bucket
  • Electronic diesel motor and construction-themed sound effects
  • Direct Connect 1-step charging system
  • Includes 1 hard hat and 2 plastic boulders
  • Requires one 12V rechargeable battery (battery and wall charger included)
  • Charge time: 14-18 hours
  • Run time: 1.5-2 hours
  • Dimensions: 44.38″L x 29.88″W x 30.38″H
  • Maximum weight capacity: 55 lbs
  • Some assembly required
  • Walmart warranty applies

Product Improvement Made – Action Taken Based On Consumer Feedback
We heard you. The clip mechanism on the bucket arms has been modified to withstand significantly greater force applied to the bucket. Additionally, these modifications will allow the clips to pop out without breaking. The adult supervising play will simply need to lift the bucket back into the position to reset the clips.


Boys, Girls
Run Time
9 hours
Age Group
Battery Size
6 V
Batteries Required
Age Range
3 to 4 Years, 5 to 7 Years
Manufacturer Part Number
Contained Battery Type
Lead Acid (Non-Spillable)
Battery Life
9 hours
Kid Trax
Contains Batteries
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
38.58 x 22.64 x 31.10 Inches

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Heavy Construction News – Cat 316E

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Here is an informative walk-around of a brand new Caterpillar 316E. We rented this machine for two days for the excavation part of a paver driveway project we did. Like what you see? Check out The Dirt Ninja on

Cat 316E Informative Walk-Around

Quick, powerful and up to 8 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the new 316E works productively and economically in many applications. It features a comfortable cab, a new operator-friendly monitor and improved service access—plus a lower emissions engine and high-efficiency hydraulics that deliver the power you need to reach your production and cost targets.


Engine Model Cat® C4.4 ACERT™
Flywheel Power 85.0 kW
Bore 105.0 mm
Stroke 127.0 mm
Displacement 4.4 L
Gross Power – SAE J1995 90.0 kW
Net Power – SAE J1349 85.0 kW


Operating Weight 17600.0 kg

Swing Mechanism

Swing Torque 44.7 kN·m
Swing Speed 9.3 RPM


Maximum Drawbar Pull 156.2 kN
Maximum Travel Speed 5.2 km/h

Hydraulic System

Maximum Pressure – Travel 35000.0 kPa
Maximum Pressure – Swing 22600.0 kPa
Pilot System – Maximum Pressure 4120.0 kPa
Boom Cylinder – Bore 110.0 mm
Boom Cylinder – Stroke 1193.0 mm
Stick Cylinder – Bore 120.0 mm
Stick Cylinder – Stroke 1331.0 mm
Bucket Cylinder – Bore 110.0 mm
Bucket Cylinder – Stroke 1039.0 mm
Main System – Maximum Flow (Total) 300.0 L/min
Maximum Pressure – Equipment 35000.0 kPa
Swing System – Maximum Flow 150.0 L/min

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 24.0 L
Final Drive (each) 5.0 L
Hydraulic System (including tank) 190.0 L
Hydraulic Tank 106.0 L
Engine Oil (with filter) 13.5 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 290.0 L
Swing Drive 2.4 L


Brakes ISO 10265 2008
Cab/OPG ISO 10262 1998
ROPS Cab ISO 12117-2


Number of Carrier Rollers (each side) 2 pieces
Number of Shoes (each side) 44 pieces
Number of Track Rollers (each side) 7 pieces

Sound Performance

Operator – ISO 6396 71.0 dB(A)
Spectator – ISO 6395 101.0 dB(A)


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Rock Crushing Colville Washington | Call 1 888 260 7525

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Welcome Coville
Copenhaver Construction Inc. is a family owned and operated company. Established in 1992 we have continued to adapt and expand to meet the needs of our customers. From rock crushing to ready mix concrete, site prep to road construction, if you need some earth moved, hauled away or filled in, we are the one stop supplier you’re looking for. Please take a look at our products and services menu for information about what we have to offer. If you haven’t found what you need here, please feel free to call us at our office. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Colville is a city in Stevens County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,673 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Stevens County

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What is Rock Crushing.

A crusher is a machine designed to reduce large rocks into smaller rocks, gravel, or rock dust.
Crushers may be used to reduce the size, or change the form, of waste materials so they can be more easily disposed of or recycled, or to reduce the size of a solid mix of raw materials (as in rock ore), so that pieces of different composition can be differentiated.
Crushing is the process of transferring a force amplified by mechanical advantage through a material made of molecules that bond together more strongly, and resist deformation more, than those in the material being crushed do.

Crushing devices hold material between two parallel or tangent solid surfaces, and apply sufficient force to bring the surfaces together to generate enough energy within the material being crushed so that its molecules separate from (fracturing), or change alignment in relation to (deformation), each other. The earliest crushers were hand-held stones, where the weight of the stone provided a boost to muscle power, used against a stone anvil. Querns and mortars are types of these crushing devices.

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Heavy Construction News – John Deere

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John Deere


Deere & Company
Traded as NYSE: DE
S&P 500 Component
Industry Heavy equipment
Founded Grand Detour, Illinois
(1837; 180 years ago)
Founder John Deere
Headquarters Moline, Illinois, United States
Area served
Key people
Samuel R. Allen
(CEO and President)
Products Agriculture, Construction, Forestry, Consumer & Commercial equipment, Diesel engines, Automobiles
Services Financial services
Revenue Decrease US$26.644 billion (2016)
Operating income
Decrease US$2.988 billion (2016)
Net income
Decrease US$1.524 billion (2016)
Total assets Increase US$57.981 billion (2016)
Total equity Decrease US$6.520 billion (2016)
Number of employees
56,767 (2016)
Website www.deere.com

Deere & Company (brand name John Deere) is an American corporation that manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, diesel engines, drivetrains (axles, transmissions, gearboxes) used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment. In 2016, it was listed as 97th in the Fortune 500 America’s ranking and was ranked 364th in the global ranking in 2016.

John Deere also provides financial services and other related activities.

Deere is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DE. The company’s slogan is “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”, and its logo is a leaping deer, with the words ‘JOHN DEERE’ under it. The logo of the leaping deer has been used by this company for over 155 years. Over the years, the logo has had minor changes and pieces removed. Some of the older style logos have the deer leaping over a log. The company uses different logo colors for agricultural vs. construction products. The company’s agricultural products are identifiable by a distinctive shade of green paint, with the inside border being yellow. While the construction products are identifiable by a shade of black with the deer being yellow, and the inside border also being yellow.

Deere & Company began when John Deere, born in Rutland, Vermont, USA on February 7, 1804, moved to Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836 to escape bankruptcy in Vermont. Already an established blacksmith, Deere opened a 1,378-square-foot (128 m2) shop in Grand Detour in 1837, which allowed him to serve as a general repairman in the village, as well as a manufacturer of small tools such as pitchforks and shovels. Small tools production was just a start; the item that set him apart, was the self-scouring steel plow, which was pioneered in 1837 when John Deere fashioned a Scottish steel saw blade into a plow. Prior to Deere’s steel plow, most farmers used iron or wooden plows to which the rich Midwestern soil stuck, so had to be cleaned frequently. The smooth-sided steel plow solved this problem, and greatly aided migration into the American Great Plains in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The traditional way of doing business was to make the product as and when it was ordered. This style was very slow, As Deere realized that this was not going to be a viable business model, he increased the rate of production by manufacturing plows before putting them up for sale; this allowed customers to not only see what they were buying beforehand, but also allowed his customers to purchase his products straight away. Word of his products began to spread quickly.

In 1842, Deere entered a business partnership with Leonard Andrus and purchased land for the construction of a new, two-story factory along the Rock River in Illinois. This factory, named the “L. Andrus Plough Manufacturer”, produced about 100 plows in 1842 and around 400 plows during the next year. Deere’s partnership with Andrus ended in 1848, and Deere relocated to Moline, Illinois, to have access to the railroad and the Mississippi River. There, Deere formed a partnership with Robert Tate and John Gould and built a 1,440-square-foot (134 m2) factory the same year. Production rose quickly, and by 1849, the Deere, Tate & Gould Company was producing over 200 plows a month. A two-story addition to the plant was built, allowing further production.


Logo of the company used between 1876 and 1912

Deere bought out Tate and Gould’s interests in the company in 1853, and was joined in the business by his son Charles Deere. At that time, the company was manufacturing a variety of farm equipment products in addition to plows, including wagons, corn planters, and cultivators. In 1857, the company’s production totals reached almost 1,120 implements per month. In 1858, a nationwide financial recession took a toll on the company. To prevent bankruptcy, the company was reorganized and Deere sold his interests in the business to his son-in-law, Christopher Webber, and his son, Charles Deere, who would take on most of his father’s managerial roles. John Deere served as president of the company until 1886. The company was reorganized again in 1868, when it was incorporated as Deere & Company. While the company’s original stockholders were Charles Deere, Stephen Velie, George Vinton, and John Deere, Charles effectively ran the company. In 1869, Charles began to introduce marketing centers and independent retail dealers to advance the company’s sales nationwide. This same year, Deere & Company won “Best and Greatest Display of Plows in Variety” at the 17th Annual Illinois State Fair, for which it won $10 and a Silver Medal.

The core focus remained on the agricultural implements, but John Deere apparently also made a few bicycles in the 1890’s.

20th century

John Deere Plow & Cultivators Co.’s New Orleans House, 1903

Increased competition during the early 1900s from the new International Harvester Company led the company to expand its offerings in the implement business, but the production of gasoline tractors came to define Deere & Company’s operations during the 20th century.

Logo of the company used between 1912 and 1936

In 1912, Deere & Company president William Butterworth (Charles’ son-in-law), who had replaced Charles Deere after his death in 1907, began the company’s expansion into the tractor business. Deere & Company briefly experimented with its own tractor models, the most successful of which was the Dain All-Wheel-Drive, but in the end decided to continue its foray into the tractor business by purchasing the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1918, which manufactured the popular Waterloo Boy tractor at its facilities in Waterloo, Iowa. Deere & Company continued to sell tractors under the Waterloo Boy name until 1923, when the John Deere Model D was introduced. The company continues to manufacture a large percentage of its tractors in Waterloo, Iowa, namely the 7R, 8R, and 9R series.

The company produced its first combine harvester, the John Deere No. 2, in 1927. A year later, this innovation was followed up by the introduction of John Deere No. 1, a smaller machine that was more popular with customers. By 1929, the No. 1 and No. 2 were replaced by newer, lighter-weight harvesters. In the 1930s, John Deere and other farm equipment manufacturers began developing hillside harvesting technology. Harvesters now had the ability to effectively use their combines to harvest grain on hillsides with up to a 50% slope gradient.[9]

On an episode of the Travel Channel series Made in America that profiled Deere & Company, host John Ratzenberger stated that the company never repossessed any equipment from American farmers during the Great Depression.

During World War II, the great-grandson of John Deere, Charles Deere Wiman, was president of the company, but he accepted a commission as a colonel in the U.S. Army. A replacement was hired and before returning to work at the company in late 1944, Wiman directed the farm machinery and equipment division of the War Production Board. In addition to farm machinery, John Deere manufactured military tractors, and transmissions for the M3 tank. They also made aircraft parts, ammunition, and mobile laundry units to support the war effort.

In 1947, John Deere introduced its first self-propelled combine, the model 55. It was soon followed by the smaller models 40 and 45, the larger model 95, and an even larger model 105 was introduced in the 1960s. In the mid-1950s, Deere introduced attachable corn heads, allowing crop producers to cut, shell, and clean corn in one smooth operation.

In 1956, Deere & Company bought-out the German tractor manufacturer, Heinrich Lanz AG (see Lanz Bulldog).

A John Deere-Lanz 700 tractor

On August 30, 1960, John Deere dealers from around the world converged on Dallas, Texas, for an unprecedented product showcase. Deere Day in Dallas, as the event was called, introduced the world to the “New Generation of Power”, the company’s first modern four-cylinder and six-cylinder tractors, during a day packed with high-tech presentations, live demonstrations, and a parking lot full of brand-new green and yellow machines. The line of tractors introduced that day was five years in the making, and the event itself took months to plan. Deere chose Dallas to host the event partly because it was home to facilities large enough to accommodate the 6,000 guests and the equipment they were all there to see. The Dallas Memorial Auditorium, the Texas State Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Cotton Bowl, and the Cotton Bowl parking lot were each the site of part of the event. During the event, a new John Deere tractor with a diamond-covered nameplate was displayed for all to see inside Neiman-Marcus, a popular Dallas-based department store.

According to information released by the company at the time of the event, John Deere dealers and key employees came to Dallas via the “largest commercial airlift of its type ever attempted.” During the 24 hours leading up to the event, 16 airlines brought Deere employees and sales people from all over the United States and Canada to Love Field in Dallas. Bill Hewitt, then chairman and CEO of Deere & Company, welcomed the dealers and introduced the new tractors. Hewitt told the guests they were about to see “a line of entirely new tractors – completely modern in every respect – with outstanding features not duplicated in any other make of tractor.”

Since entering the tractor business in 1918, John Deere had focused on two-cylinder machines. The New Generation of Power introduced at Deere Day in Dallas was very different from anything Deere had built before. The new line of four- and six-cylinder tractors, the models 1010, 2010, 3010, and 4010, were more far more powerful than Deere’s two-cylinder models, and also easier and more comfortable to operate, with conveniently located controls, better visibility, and improved seat suspension. These new tractors were also easier to service.

The 4010 was rated at 80 horsepower in 1960, but tested at 84 horsepower during testing trials, making it one of the most powerful two-wheel-drive farm tractors at that time. The 4010 was the predecessor to the 4020, which is widely regarded as the most popular tractor ever produced by John Deere, and perhaps any tractor manufacturer in the United States. Although the 4020, which was available with Deere’s optional Power Shift, enjoyed greater popularity, the 4010 moved John Deere into the modern era of farm tractor technology and design following its successful history as a tractor manufacturer that was by the late 1950s experiencing waning market share due to its outdated technology.

In addition to the advanced engine technology, the “10” series tractors offered many other upgrades from the older two-cylinder models they replaced, including significantly higher horsepower-to-weight ratio, advanced hydraulics, more convenient and comfortable operator stations, and many other improvements. Of the “10” series John Deere tractors introduced in 1960, the 4010 was by far the most popular, with more than 58,000 units sold from 1960 to 1963. The success of the “10” series John Deere tractors, led by the 4010, helped propel John Deere from a 23% market share in 1959 to 34% by 1964 when the 4020 was introduced, making it the top manufacturer of farm equipment in the United States.

In 1972, Deere introduced its new ‘Sound Idea’ tractors, the 4030, 4230, 4430, and 4630. While these tractors were mechanically similar to the New Generation tractors they replaced, and the 4230, 4430, and 4630 used a 404-cubic-inch displacement engine like the 4020, they featured redesigned sheet metal and most importantly they were available with an optional completely integrated operator’s cab that John Deere called the Sound Gard body. This insulated cab that included a roll-over protective structure had a distinctive rounded windshield and came equipped with heat and air conditioning, as well as speakers for an optional radio. An 8-track tape player was also available as an option. The 5020 was replaced by the very similar 6030 and continued in production with New Generation styling until 1977 when the 30 Series tractors were replaced by Deere’s ‘Iron Horse’ series that included the 90-hp 4040, 110-hp 4240, 130-hp 4440, 150-HP 4640, and 180-hp 4840. The 4240, 4440, 4640, and 4840 featured a new 466-cubic-inch displacement engine, and improvements to the cab including an optional hydraulic seat for a smoother ride. The Sound Gard body and Power Shift transmission were standard equipment on the 4840.

In 1983, Deere introduced the 4050, 4250, 4450, 4650, and 4850. These tractors were essentially the same machines as the Iron Horses they replaced, but with significant upgrades. They offered a new 15-speed Power Shift transmission, and were available with optional mechanical front-wheel drive featuring caster action for better traction and a tighter turning radius. They also featured cosmetic upgrades, including a new light brown cab interior, not the black interior on previous models. These tractors were followed by the mechanically similar 55 and 60 series tractors before they were replaced by the Deere’s completely redesigned 7000 and 8000 series tractors in the early 1990s.

In the 1962 Illinois Manufacturers Directory (50th anniversary edition), John Deere, listed as Deere and Company, claimed a total work force of 35,000, of which 9,000 were in Illinois. The corporate headquarters were located at 1325 Third Ave. in Moline, Illinois, with six manufacturing plants located around that city and a seventh plant in Hoopston, Illinois. The six plants in Moline were listed as:

  • John Deere Harvester Works at 1100 – 13th Ave., East Moline, where 3,000 employees made agricultural implements
  • John Deere Industrial Equipment Works at 301 Third Ave., Moline, where 500 employees made earth-moving equipment
  • John Deere Malleable Works at 1335-13th Street, East Moline, where 600 employees made malleable and nodular iron castings
  • John Deere Planter Works at 501 Third Ave., Moline, where 1,000 employees made agricultural implements *John Deere Plow Works at 1225 Third Ave., Moline, where 1,100 employees made agricultural implements
  • John Deere Spreader Works at 1209-13th Ave., Moline where 800 employees made agricultural implements

The John Deere Vermilion Works was located at North Sixth Ave., Hoopston, Illinois, where 140 employees were listed as making iron work and implement parts. Moline, with 42,705 residents in 1962, had the local 7,000 employees of John Deere represent 16% of the city’s entire population.

In 1969, John Deere followed its New Generation tractors of the 1960s with a New Generation of combines. These included the 3300, 4400, 6600, and 7700. These models were also the first to come with Quik-Tatch header mounting capabilities as standard equipment. In the 1980s, these combines were followed by the 4420, 6620, 7720, and 8820 that were essentially updated and improved versions of the previous models with larger capacity, a nicer cab, and easier maintenance and service. The 4420 was discontinued in 1984 and replaced by the 4425 combine imported from Germany, and the 6620, 7720, and 8820 received the Titan II updates.

In 1989, Deere replaced the 6620, 7720, and 8820 with a new line of completely redesigned ‘Maximizer’ combines that included the 9400, 9500, and 9600 walker combines. These combines were completely redesigned and featured a center-mounted cab, rear-mounted engine, and more comforts in the cab. Also in 1989, Deere was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In 1997, Deere celebrated 50 years of self-propelled combine production, and the 1997 models featured a 50th-anniversary decal. In 1998, the 9410, 9510, and 9610 were introduced. These were essentially the same machines, but with minor upgrades. Deere dealers offered ’10 series’ upgrades to owners of older 9000 series Maximizer combines. In 1999, Deere introduced the 50 series Maximizer combines. These machines featured significant cosmetic upgrades including a more streamlined appearance, improved ergonomics in the cab, PTO shaft-style header hook-up, and the larger models were available as rotary machines which were a complete departure from the combines that Deere had built in the past.

In the late 1970s, International Harvester had pioneered rotary combines with their Axial flow machines, and were soon followed by other manufacturers, but Deere continued to build only conventional walker combines through the 1980s and 1990s. In 1999, John Deere introduced the Single-Tine Separation (STS) system on its 9550, 9650, and 9750 combines, representing a step forward in rotary combine technology. The STS system uses less horsepower and improves material handling.

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Heavy Construction News – Cat 637 scraper review

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In this video, Ron Horner catches up with Danny Hope on one of Hope Civil’s South East Queensland civil sites to chat about his fleet of Cat 637 scrapers and to show the power and grace of these double-engined earthmoving giants.

Cat 637 scraper video review


Coal reserve management Only Caterpillar offers Wheel Tractor-Scrapers designed exclusively for your coal stockpiling and retrieval needs. The Cat® 637G Coal Bowl Scraper can construct and maintain your coal stockpiles, as well as haul loads to your inlet supply system to meet the burn requirements of the plant.

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Operating Specifications

Scraper Capacity: Heaped 50.0 yd3
Top Speed (Loaded) 33.0 mph
Rated Load 76000.0 lb
Scraper Capacity – struck 41.0 yd3
180° Curb-to-Curb Turning Width 44.95 ft


Operating Weight – loaded, approx. 194909.0 lb
Operating Weight – empty, approx. 118909.0 lb


Height to Top of Scraper 13.71 ft
Wheelbase 31.27 ft
Length – overall 50.75 ft
Width – overall 12.93 ft
Tread – Scraper 8.07 ft
Tread – Tractor 8.07 ft

Benefits & Features

Coal Bowl Scraper Benefits

Dependable Coal Management and Hauling

Dual Engines

Dual Engines allow Coal Bowl Scrapers to achieve maximum payloads and deliver fast cycle times.


All-Wheel-Drive allows the machine to work effectively in poor underfoot conditions and climb piles of slippery, loose coal.

Large Capacity Coal Bowls

Coal Bowls are longer and higher than standard scraper bowls, which allows you to haul 50 cubic yards (38 cubic meters) with a 637G.

Compaction Capability

Coal bowl scrapers are effective in compacting coal, which reduces the risk of spontaneous combustion of coal in the stockpile by eliminating the air spaces.

Coal Stockpile Management

Coal Bowl Scrapers are the ideal stockpile management tool.

Maintaining the Coal Stockpile

Coal Bowl Scrapers are effective in compacting coal, which reduces the possibility of spontaneous combustion in the coal stockpile. This allows your company to meet plant safety regulations and eliminates the need for additional compaction equipment.

Reclaiming Coal from the Stockpile

When incoming coal shipments cannot satisfy your coal burn requirements, you need a way to reclaim the coal off the stockpile. Coal Bowl Scrapers can move coal from the stockpile to the inlet supply of the plant.

Building the Coal Stockpile

Coal Bowl Scrapers allow you to create your coal stockpile by self-loading coal in the receiving area, hauling it to the stockpile area, and dumping coal in thin lifts.





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