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Agnerd Alert – Big Horsepower Marvels

March 26, 2015

If you grew up in central Illinois, know much about construction or mining or like heavy equipment then you know the name Caterpillar. If you like information about equipment and big horsepower, there’s a book out that you’ll want to check out.

photo courtesy Caterpillar

photo courtesy Caterpillar

While Caterpillar is best known for earthmoving equipment, the amount of earth that is moved varies. From massive mining trucks to around the farm construction projects, Caterpillar has had a fit for decades. This is beautifully illustrated in “Caterpillar: Modern Earthmoving Marvels”, a book that’s part history, part documentary and pretty enough for the coffee table. From the first track crawler No. 77 and workhorse Diesel 60 to the dozers from 80 to 850 horsepower, it’s an achievement carved out of necessity and progress. Graders, scrapers and massive trucks it’s all here.

photo courtesy Caterpillar

photo courtesy Caterpillar

A few points to my agnerd friends – even those familiar with the construction aspects might be interested in a few points in the book. Where there’s a need there’s a loader or other equipment to do it.

Whether moving hay or gravel on the farm or marveling at the machine that can fill a 400 ton truck in four passes (the Cat 7495 HF Electric Rope shovel), if you thought you knew Caterpillar, check out Caterpillar: Modern Earthmoving Marvels.

After all, they wrote the book, you might say, literally and figuratively, with engineering that performs in the hottest Arizona areas as well as cold cold beyond the roads to the north.

And as much as I like tradition, it’d take a lot of oxen and horses to move 400 tons and more than four passes!

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