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95 Years Under Water: Rare, Long-Lost Steam Shovel Rescued to be Restored
An old steam shovel at the bottom of a Michigan lake since 1925 couldn't be rescued. Then a dam break in 2020 changed everything.
March 29, 2021
"Impossible" Quest Brings Home Family’s Century-Old Holt Caterpillar 10-Ton Tractor
Discover the history of a Holt Caterpillar 10-Ton tractor that was reunited with a Minnesota family after being auctioned off.
February 19, 2021
A Dozer of Her Own: It Was Nancy’s Turn To Restore a 1956 Cat D4
After a search for vintage equipment in the 1990s, Nancy McDonnell and her husband found a hidden treasure to restore and operate at antique shows.
January 21, 2021
This Extremely Rare 1913 Thew Type-O Steam Shovel Took 2 Years to Restore
Bob Kelly currently owns the only running Type-O steam shovel – the same model as the one found at the bottom of the Michigan lake, as noted at the top of this newsletter. His restoration took two years to complete.
December 23, 2020
This Pre-Caterpillar 1925 Best 60 Logging Cruiser Was Painstakingly Restored With Custom-Made Parts
This 85-year-old retired cardiologist has amassed a 175-piece collection of vintage tractors. His favorite is a Best 60 Logging Cruiser he found rusting behind a barn and spent 10 years restoring.
November 24, 2020
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1968 Koehring Crane This Collector’s Favorite Vintage Machine: ‘We’re dealing strictly with clutches and brakes’
Antique construction equipment collector Jim Carter discusses his favorite piece he found while driving home from work one day. Read more and see images here.
October 23, 2020
Collector Finds Rare 1921 J.D. Adams Crawler Motor Grader on eBay: ‘I’ve never seen another one like it’
Kelly Ronningen’s collection consists of J.D Adams horse-drawn road graders and a unique tracked motor grader. Check out his collection here on Equipment World.
September 16, 2020
How the First Caterpillar Tractor Ever Built — Serial # EXP 0000-L — Was Rescued and Restored
A parts search leads to finding the Caterpillar Tractor Co.'s first tractor built entirely off the fledgling company's new design. More here on Equipment World.
August 5, 2020
Loading trucks with a steam shovel was a lengthy, multi-person job
This fascinating process exposes all the machine's moving parts. No modern excavator has to accommodate a three-man crew to keep it up and running. Watch here.
April 4, 2019
PHOTOS: This vintage 1968 Deere JD544 wheel loader is still one clean machine
To celebrate their 50th year manufacturing wheel loaders, John Deere showed off a vintage John Deere wheel loader at the World of Concrete. Take a look here.
April 1, 2019
PHOTOS: Cat displays contractor’s amazing antique machine collection at visitors center
Visitors at the Caterpillar Visitors Center (CVC) in Peoria, Illinois, are now able to view seven antique Cat machines of one construction firm’s premier 125-piece-plus collection. Doug and Matt Veerkamp, the father and son who head the 200-employee Doug Veerkamp General Engineering in Placerville, California, have been collecting for years, specializing in antique Cat machines, […]
August 29, 2017
Antique trucks, ag equipment to be featured at construction equipment museum
Events to celebrate antique agricultural equipment and heavy duty trucks will be held in September at the National Construction Equipment Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Historical Construction Equipment Association will hold its 20th Annual White Bash from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 9 for the Classic White Truck Group, which features White, Autocar, […]
August 25, 2017
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If you've ever thought about starting a mobile repair business or adding a mobile tech to your shop, you need to read this guide.