Crawler Tractor - Caterpillar Ten

Production date
1929
Country
USA
State/Province
Illinois
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Description
This is a Caterpillar crawler tractor model ten with a four cylinder petrol engine. It is painted yellow with black logo, black lever handles and a red seat. "CATERPILLAR" is cast horizontally onto the front of the engine. "TEN" is cast vertically on both sides of the engine towards 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. It has a key in the main panel behind the lever system that controls the magneto.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
CH classification CONSTRUCTION Crawler tractor
Production date
1929
Production place
Measurements
L2677 x W1414 x H1455mm
Weight 1900kg
Bore 85.725mm
Stroke 101.6mm
RPM 1500
Drawbar 10 HP
Belt 15 HP
Media/Materials description
Steel
Vinyl
Paint
Rubber
Leather
Glass
Signature/Marks
CATERPILLAR \ REG US PAT OFF
TEN
CATERPILLAR
TRACTOR NO. PT1391
CATERPILLAR
History and use
This tractor is a model Ten PT series manufactured in 1929. It is painted yellow with black trim. As it was manufactured in 1929, it would have originally been painted grey with red trim. Caterpillar did not change over to Hi-Way yellow until December 1931.

The model Ten crawler tractor was the second tractor designed by the newly formed Caterpillar Tractor company. The Ten was a replacement for the HOLT designed 2-Ton and started production in December 1928. The model Ten was the smallest gasoline crawler tractor amde by Caterpillar. It was powered by a four cylinder , 3 3/8 x 4 inch bore and stroke, gasoline engine. It weighed slightly less than the 2-Ton at 4,420 pounds. Around 4,929 model Ten's were manufactured from 1928 to 1932.
Registration number
R6644

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