A 1929 Caterpillar Fifteen crawler tractor with a four cylinder petrol engine. It is painted grey with black brand lettering, black lever handles and a brown seat. The tread is unpainted. "CATERPILLAR" is cast horizontally across the front of the radiator at the front of the crawler tractor. "FIFTEEN" is cast vertically on both sides of the radiator at the front of the crawler tractor. There is a crank handle attached to the front of the engine that is held in place by a brown leather strap.
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
CH classification CONSTRUCTION Crawler tractor
Caterpillar Tractor Company (estab. 1925)
L2757 x W1569 x H1907mm
Drawbar 15 HP
Belt 20 HP
CATERPILLAR \ REG US PAT OFF
TRACTOR NO. PV 3995
History and use
This is a model Fifteem series PV manufactured in 1929. It has been restored and painted in orginal colours, grey with red trim. It features a 'wavy' Caterpillar logo, the original logo used by teh Caterpillar Tractor Company. Thiess Bros used model Fifteen tractors in their business in the 1930s. This tractor has a wide gauge track, so is relatively rarer than a standard model Fifteen
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 to the earlier model Ten 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.
Thiess, Herbert (Bert) (b.1913, d.2010)