Crawler Tractor - Caterpillar D8

Production date
1937
Country
USA
State/Province
Illinois
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Description
This is a 1937 Caterpillar Crawler tractor model D8 with a six cylinder diesel engine. It is painted Caterpillar yellow with black logo, black lever handles, a black seat and unpainted tracks. It has a "Howard Auto Cultivator" rotary hoe attached to the rear of the crawler tractor. "CATERPILLAR" is cast horizontally onto the front of the engine.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Farm Machinery tractor
CH classification CONSTRUCTION Crawler tractor
Production date
1937
Production place
Measurements
L6588 x W3296 x H3001mm
Weight 24342kg
Bore 146.05mm
Stroke 203.20mm
RPM 1200
Drawbar 98 HP
Belt 113 HP
Media/Materials description
Steel
Vinyl
Paint
Rubber
Glass
Plastic
Signature/Marks
Caterpillar \ REG. US. PAT. OFF.
CATERPILLAR \ REG. US. PAT. OFF.
CATERPILLAR
CATERPILLAR \ D8
TRACTOR NUMBER \ 1H2220SP
History and use
This tractor is a model D8 1H series manufactured in 1937. The D8 was one of the most reliable large scale crawler tractors on the market at the time. While competing crawler tractors may have been more powerful, the D8 was one of the biggest sellers due to its dependability. It was a massive size and built for brute strength. The D8 became the symbol of heavy construction worldwide. The D8 was first produced in 1935 (badged the RD8) and would become one of the most famous designs and would symbolise the Caterpillar tractor.

The D8 (1H) series was manufactured from 1937 to 1941, when it was replaced with the D8 (8R) series.It in turn was replaced by the D8 (2U) series in 1945. According to Caterpillar records, just under 10,000 of the 1H series were manufactured up until 1941 when the 8R series replaced it. RD8 1H series 9999 produced from 1935 to 1941 with 108 hp. RD8 8R series 9999 produced from 1940 to 1945 with 131 hp
Registration number
R6660

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