Crawler Tractor - Caterpillar 2 Ton

Production date
1927
Country
USA
State/Province
Illinois
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Description
A 1927 Caterpillar 2 Ton crawler tractor with a four cylinder petrol engine. It is painted grey with black logo, black lever handles and black seat. It has an unpainted tread. "CATERPILLAR" is cast horizontally across the top of the engine at the front of the crawler tractor. "2 TON" is cast vertically on both sides of the engine at the front of the crawler tractor. It has an overhead valve. It has a crank handle attached to the front of the engine that is held in place with a brown leather strap.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
Production date
1927
Production place
Measurements
L2842 x W1374 x H1613mm
Weight 2313kg
Bore 101.6mm
Stroke 139.7mm
RPM 1000
Drawbar 15 HP
Belt 25 HP
Media/Materials description
Steel
Vinyl
Paint
Rubber
Leather
Glass
Signature/Marks
CATERPILLAR \ REG US PAT OFF
2 TON
CATERPILLAR
TRACTOR NO. 73895
History and use
This Caterpillar model 2-Ton crawler tractor manufactured in 1927. It was owned and used by the Thiess brothers in their early earthmoving contracts around the Darling Downs. Bert Thiess is believed to have operated this machine himself. It is one of the first 2-Ton's purchased by Thiess Bros for their contracting work.

The crawler has an overhead camshaft and a four cylinder engine. This was the last tractor to have cast iron tracks. That is, the rail and the shoe were cast in one pieceThe crawler is painted grey with black trim and has a 'wavy' Caterpillar logo, the original logo design adopted by the Caterpillar company. While grey with red trim were the official Caterpillar colours (pre-1932), there is evidence that grey with black trim was produced at the factory, but it is unknown if this was an official variation or by customer request.

The Caterpillar 2 Ton was one of the first crawler tractors produced by the newly founded Caterpillar Tractor Company after the C. L. Best Tractor Company and the Holt Manufacturing Company merged. The 2 Ton was the smallest machine offered in the new Caterpillar product line and was longest running of the HOLT designs to remain in production. This model was produced from 1924-1928 with 8,989 machines built
Registration number
R6641

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