Hough Loader Legacy

Frank G. Hough's front-end loader innovations are still on the job today.

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Studio image of Hough’s loader (circa 1934) mounted on a McCormick-Deering I-12 industrial tractor. Note the relatively crude angle-iron construction visible on the right side of the image, as well as the sheave-and-cable arrangement that amplifies the relatively short hydraulic cylinder throw to a much longer vertical lift for the loader. (Image courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society).