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Tractor, International Harvester TD-24

 

“Big Red” Arrives at Roots

(Adapted from Highline, August, 2011)

By Chris Baldo and Troy James

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".

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