Heavy Equipment

Tractor, Caterpillar Thirty #863

This tractor, built in 1927, was used by gyppo loggers on the Mendocino coast to pull logs from the woods to small portable sawmills and then power the mill by means of a flat belt drive power take-off.

Tractor, Caterpillar Fifteen

Vrain Conley recently donated his restored Caterpillar Fifteen tractor to the Roots collection in Willits. Construction Number PV2353, the Cat 15 was built about 1930, and spent most of its working life in the Healdsburg area of Sonoma County.

Tractor, Caterpillar Ten

The Caterpillar Tractor Company produced seven tractor models in its first four years of operation, 1925-1929, following the merger of Best and Holt.

Tractor, Sixty Cat

The Caterpillar Sixty (they were commonly called "Sixty Cat") was the first logging tractor to be used extensively in the redwood region, although early Best and Holt products were seen in the woods from the teens on.

Tractor, Sixty Cat and Double Drum Winch

We received two intriguing donations that will soon be tied together forever. Roots member Alan Hill of Fort Bragg recently donated a Sixty Cat that originally operated for Caspar Lumber Company and had been used late in its life as a loading machine with a double drum winch on the back.

Tractor, Fordson Industrial "Lumber Jimmy"

In December of 1997, Morton Friedman of Sacramento donated a Fordson industrial tractor "Lumber Jimmy" to Roots of Motive Power. The tractor differed from the standard farm tractor in that it utilized hard rubber tires, weighted wheels and had a PTO winch on the front.

Tractor, Daniel Best Steam

Daniel Best's Steam Tractor #185, now in the Roots of Motive Power Collection, rolled off the assembly line in 1903. The tractor stands 17' 4" to the top of the stack, is 28' long, and 9' 7" wide, weighing 18 tons 800 lbs. with full boiler and tank.

Tractor, Caterpillar D-8 2U

Willis Tucker of Boonville, California recently donated a Caterpillar D-8, S/N 2U 6169, logging tractor to the Roots collection. The machine was used for decades in logging the woods of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County and was commonly referred to among Tucker's crew as the "You Too".

Road Roller, Kelly Springfield Steam Roller

 

The Kelly Springfield is being restored!! See the project page for more information and a week-by-week overview of the work (with pictures).

Shovel, Bucyrus-Erie 50-B Steam

Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel Comes to Willits

As a result of an October 19, 1992 Roots of Motive Power acquisition, future generations of Mendocino County's youth will have a better understanding of the venerable steam shovel Mary Anne, which was happily retired to a new life as the heati

Shovel, Bay City Diesel #1079

This 3/8 yard shovel was originally sold to Fritz Poertner of Treloar, Missouri on April 6, 1929. The small machine answered the demand from contractors that were installing utilities in the rapidly urbanizing American west.

Shovel, Bucyrus-Erie 22B Diesel #96300

The Bucyrus-Erie 22B shovel was one of the most popular and versatile track cranes produced by the company. The 22B came equipped with the standard dipper stick shovel, dragline, dragshovel, clamshell bucket, crane boom, or pile driver.

Road Roller, Buffalo Springfield Gas Roller

The 1920s were a period of transition for most machinery manufacturers as they began to replace steam engines with gasoline engines, especially in the lower horsepower models.

Road Roller, Buffalo Springfield Steam Roller

This seven ton steam roller was built by the Buffalo Springfield Roller Company in 1924. It was built to be coal fired with the large, flat coal "bunker" over the front roller.

Grader, Caterpillar #11

This grader, serial number 6K395 SP, has the older three-cylinder diesel engine with side-mounted two-cylinder gas starting engine. It was donated to Roots by Mr. Mike Ross of Fort Bragg on 4-19-02.

Crane, Ernest Holmes Truck Crane

The railroad truck-mounted crane was first mentioned as being inoperable, and therefore surplus, to the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) in the fall of 2002 during a conversation between Chris Baldo of Roots and John Darling (the railroad operator).

Crane, Bay City Shovels, Inc.

Vrain C. Conley of Healdsburg, a Roots member for several years, has donated to Roots of Motive Power a Bay City Crane, Model Number 25. This crane was manufactured in 1938 and was first sold by Garfield & Co. of San Francisco, CA. It was equipped with a boom and a ditcher.

Crane, "Cherry Picker", W600, S/N 128

Ron McGehee recently donated to the Roots collection a crane, affectionately called the Cherry Picker, which had been an integral part of his father's business - Ukiah Machine and Welding.

Crane, Raymond F440 Steam

This Raymond F440 steam crane was built in 1940 as a pile driver and converted to a crane sometime later.

Crane, Super C Tournacrane

The genius of R.G. LeTourneau's over 200 patents elevates his status to a select list of American inventors.

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