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Development of the First Gradall Machine

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 11, 2021 |

Excavators, History


How much do you know about the first Gradall machine? 

Here are a few other Shop Talk blog posts you might find interesting:

Interesting Facts about Hydraulic Fluid

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 13, 2019 |

hydraulic fluid, History


Hydraulic fluid is the lifeblood of your hydraulic system, whether it's in your skid steer loader or a massive hydraulic shovel. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at some interesting facts about hydraulic fluid, including its origins and the importance of proper disposal.

Here are some other blog posts on the subject of hydraulic fluid ...

Dynapac: Fast Facts

by Dr McCaslin | May 14, 2019 |

History, Dynapac


Dynapac is best known for paving equipment -- pavers, compactors, and milling equipment. We carry final drives for some of their equipment and would like to share with you some fast facts about this well known company.

Early Development of Continuous Tracks

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 23, 2019 |

Crawler Tractor, History, Caterpillar, Tracks, CAT


The history of continuous tracks is far more interesting than one might imagine. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at their early history starting way back in the 1770s. Let’s start by going back to the time when the United States were still a British colony …

Here are a few other blog posts you might enjoy ...

High Points in the History of Construction Machinery

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 19, 2018 |

Construction, History


The history of heavy equipment is fascinating, and there many different companies and people that contributed to its continuing development.  Here is just a sampling of some of the high points.  Let us know in the comments if you think something should be added!

Gleaner Combines

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 05, 2018 |

Agriculture, History, Gleaner Combines


Gleaner is an award-winning manufacturer of combine harvesters, and we carry final drives for several of their models. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the roots of the Gleaner combine, how the company developed, and some background on their many innovations.

Do you like articles that delve into the history of construction equipment?

William Otis: Grandfather of the Hydraulic Excavator

by Dr McCaslin | May 24, 2018 |

Excavators, History


Do you know who invented the machine that set the stage for our modern hydraulic excavators? Did you know the history of the excavator dates back to 1835? Do you know the connection between excavators and elevators? If any of this sounds interesting to you, then you will enjoy this Shop Talk Blog post about William Otis, grandfather of the modern hydraulic excavator.


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