A 1929 Caterpillar crawler tractor model Fifteen with a four cylinder petrol engine. It is painted grey with red logo lettering, red trim and red lever handles. The tread is also painted grey. It has a hydraulic blade attached to the front of the tractor. It has a black seat. There is a crank handle attached to the front of the tractor held in place with a brown leather strap. "FIFTEEN" is cast vertically on both sides of the engine towards the front of the crawler tractor.
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
CH classification CONSTRUCTION Crawler tractor
Caterpillar Tractor Company (estab. 1925)
L3156 x W1847 x H1543mm
Drawbar 15 HP
Belt 20 HP
CATERPILLAR (wavy) / REG. US. PAT. OFF.
TRACTOR NO. PV2898
History and use
This model Fifteen crawler tractor was manufactured in 1929. It was purchased by Bert Thiess for his collection. It is believed to have come from the USA. This tractor has been restored and painted in orginal colours, grey with red trim. Thiess Bros used model Fifteen tractors in their business in the 1930s. This tractor has a small generic bulldozer blade which is attached with homemade attachments.
In the Caterpillar product line in the late 1920s and early 1930s there were three separate models, which were referred to as model Fifteen tractors. The Fifteen (PV) was the first and was introduced in 1929. it was mechanically identical the Ten model but larger. High clearance adaptor kits were available for this model, for use in orchards. It had a four cylinder Cat 3 3/4 x 5 inch bore and stroke, gas engine. 7559 tractors were produced from 1929 to 1932. The original price was US$1500.
Thiess, Herbert (Bert) (b.1913, d.2010)