For this book, Frank Raczon dug up the dirt and constructed the only modern history of the world's heaviest machinery. So many things differentiate the Caterpillar brand from its competitors that it can be difficult to know where to begin. From its trademark Caterpillar Yellow to its tradition of making the most rock-solid products on earth, everything about the Caterpillar name is synonymous with the world's toughest machines. In fact, the company's success has led to it being used by economists as a bellwether for the state of the economy as a whole. In Caterpillar: Modern Earthmoving Marvels, author Frank Raczon details the largest and most modern earth-moving machines today, with down-to-earth explanations of how and why they work the way they do as well as interviews and quotes from Caterpillar's engineers and operators themselves. Featuring rare historical photography and insight from noted industrial historian Keith Haddock, this book offers a glimpse of how the Caterpillar's meteoric rise from an under-the-radar producer of agrarian and industrial equipment led to its modern status as an international corporate superstar. Filled with excavators, backhoe loaders, motor-graders, off-highway trucks and more, this book is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who has ever passed a construction site and wondered just how the machines work the way they do and what they're truly capable of.
Author: Craig Bouchard
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Genre: Business & Economics
Provides a behind-the-scenes look at Caterpillar's rise to global dominance in the construction equipment manufacturing industry, revealing the series of risky business decisions made by the company's management that launched its success.
All in a Day's Work tells the story of how Caterpillar grew from its modest California beginnings to become a $20 billion global powerhouse. This book covers the products, people, and events that worked together to shape this company. A gorgeous coffee-table book, this official 75th anniversary commemorative tells the CAT story through stunning full-color design and contemporary and archival photography.
A magnificent collection of rare black & white photographs specially selected from public and private archives promote the unique characteristics of these popular tractors. Filled with informative captions providing histories of featured models. Rare photos of the first diesel-powered Caterpillar tractors.
Author: Eric Orlemann
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Business & Economics
Cat has become best-known for their earth- moving equipment. While approximately two-thirds of this colour history digs into that area, the rest examines the company's farm equipment. Colour photography illustrates both the machinery that was produced under the Best moniker as long ago as 1885, and the varieties of heavy machinery used today.
Author: Eric C. Orlemann
Release Date: 2007-09-15
Now an industry giant and a legend among American manufacturers, Caterpillar first got its name from Holt Manufacturing Company’s remarkable tractor creation of 1905. What followed was the Caterpillar century, an era of engineering revolutions and world-changing earthmovers. Eric Orlemann serves as tour guide through this time of American mechanical know-how and muscle, offering us a rare close-up look at the technology of Caterpillar’s most important equipment innovations, then and now. Packed with contemporary photographs, archival images, and information on state-of-the-art equipment design, Caterpillar Century traces the evolution of this icon of industry from its emergence in 1905 to its making of modern day heavy-equipment marvels and development of future design prototypes.
Modern Earthmoving Equipment showcases today’s earthmoving machines that mine our valuable coal and minerals, construct our highways, lay pipelines, dig basements, landscape our parks, and show up to reconstruct and rescue people wherever disasters strike in the world. Bulldozers, wheel loaders, skid steers, scrapers, graders, excavators, off-road haulers, and walking draglines depict all the popular makes such as Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hitachi, JCB, Case, Deere, Liebherr and Terex, O&K, and Bucyrus; lesser-known manufacturers included as well. With special permission just to get some of these images, Keith Haddock’s spectacular color photographs, from the world’s largest earthmoving equipment to the smaller construction-size machines, feature these heavy movers of dirt in action.
Ford is to automobile what Best is to tractors. Making Tracks: C.L. Best and the Caterpillar Tractor Co. is a complete picture of Clarence Leo Best and why he was driven to live up to his name—Best. Read about the little-known history of the name behind the success of the historical California company, the Caterpillar Tractor Co. Best's life was varied and intriguing; designing and building tractors, raising cattle, fistfights in the boardroom, lawsuits and hostile takeovers, and mining gold were a few of the experiences that punctuate the chapters of this brilliant life. Ultimately, Best's improvements to the track-type tractor concept allowed the Caterpillar Tractor Co. to become the world's road builder and so much more. This story follows Best through his life, from working for his father through starting and operating his own company to being chairman of the board for the Caterpillar Tractor Co. for twenty six years. To complete the profile of the man as well as the entrepreneur, the authors interviewed Best's only son and were granted access to countless family photos and records.
Author: Eric C. Orlemann
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
Release Date: 2012-04-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering
In quarries and mines around the world, Haulpak and Lectra Haul off-highway haulers are legendary. The Haulpak truck line (launched in 1957) and the Lectra Haul diesel-electric drive truck (introduced in 1960) shaped the way all modern off-highway haulers are designed even to this day. The Haulpak name was carried by such companies as LeTourneau-Westinghouse/WABCO (Westinghouse Air Brake Company), Dresser, Komatsu-Dresser, and finally Komatsu. Lectra Haul was the trademark name for trucks built by Unit Rig, becoming part of Terex and sold to Bucyrus International. Each truck’s designs were the templates for most future mining trucks. Construction Equipment author Eric Orlemann honors these off-highway haulers that carried these names, both past and present, with historic and modern photography, much of it never seen in published form before.