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On Thanksgiving Day 1904, Benjamin Holt tested an experimental steam-powered, track-type tractor, trying to develop a machine that could work on ground too soggy for wheel tractors. Holt may not have invented the track-type tractor, but he gets credit for refining the concept for practical usage, and for commercializing it.
In 1957, the Case 320 loader-backhoe was the first such machine of its type to be offered in factory-assembled form and warranted by the manufacturer.
The bottom line here is if you have any interest in the earthmoving industry, then this is a book for your bookshelf. FC
- Yellow Steel, The Story of the Earthmoving Equipment Industry, by William R. Haycraft, published by the University of Illinois Press, 2000; ISBN: 0-252-02497-4, 465 pages, 6 by 9-inch hardcover, $39.95.
- Chester Peterson Jr. is a full-time writer and photographer. He has 10 nonfiction books published, including seven 'tractor' books. Willard Keding operates his own earthmoving and contractor business, in which he utilizes several pieces of Yellow Steel.
'Starting with crude wooden tools, individuals have never ceased to seek improvement in the means to move earth.'
- William R. Haycraft
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