2008 Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club show featured endless tracks
A 1932 wide-gauge Caterpillar Fifteen, owned by Bob Stewart.
This 1935 Allis-Chalmers Model K with V-snowplow and right and left wings still goes to work at the Badger club’s show grounds, pushing snow and pulling a 6-bottom land plow. The crawler is also outfitted with ice cleats. Owned by Ralph Blum, Baraboo, Wis., the rig was actively used by a Wisconsin township until 1978; the wood cab is original.
A 1932 Caterpillar Fifteen 7C Series (the “small” Fifteen) with a high-clearance conversion. The tractor’s serial number? 7C77. “I’m pretty lucky,” owner Bob Stewart says with a smile.
A high-clearance 1932 Caterpillar Fifteen, No. 4 of 95 built, owned by Bob Stewart.
A Caterpillar “small” Fifteen with sickle bar mower, owned by Bob Stewart. The Caterpillar Fifteen (PV Series) was a scaled-up Model Ten. Tractors in that line are referred to as “big” Fifteens, differentiating them from those in the Fifteen 7C Series (the “small” Fifteens) which were the same size as the Ten.
Featured equipment at the Badger show ranged from the tall to the small, as in this 1950 5 1/2 hp Chain Tred tractor owned by Peter Young, Muscoda, Wis.
1918 Cletrac Model H, owned by Bob Anderson.
1930 Ford Model A with Snow Bird track kit, owned by Jerry and Mickie Parr. Company promotional materials boasted of the Snow Bird’s prominent role in Admiral Byrd’s second Antarctic expedition of 1933-35.
Mechanized tiller made for Corps of Engineers during the World War II era.
Bob Zimmerly’s 1925 Fordson crawler conversion. “It was one rusty mess when I got it,” Bob says. Red River Special Co., Racine, Wis., made the kit. At least four companies made similar conversion kits, Bob notes.
Herb Miller at the controls of his 1936 International T-20 TracTracTor.
A 1949 International TD-9 crawler with Bucyrus Erie 9-foot dozer blade, owned by Allen Steele.
International TD-24, owned by Eugene Giebel, Baraboo.
Elmer Knapper’s 1946 Oliver Cletrac Model HG.
A rare Oliver Cletrac Model HG 31 crawler, owned by Bob Zimmerly. Cletrac offered this model in three gauges: 31, 42 and 68 inches. The narrow gauge was designed for vineyard use. Bob’s collection also includes a Cletrac with a blade and rubber tracks originally used by the New York City public works department to plow snow from city sidewalks.