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Caterpillar’s first product line has five tractors

The new company’s first product line had only five track-type tractors—the 2-Ton, 5-Ton, and 10-Ton from the Holt Manufacturing Company’s former product line, and the Thirty and Sixty from the C. L. Best Tractor Co.’s former product line. The Caterpillar 2-Ton was formerly the Holt T-35 tractor, and the machine could be bought for around $375 in the 1920s. The Caterpillar 5-Ton tractor was developed with the help of the U.S. Army during World War I and at 7 m.p.h., was considered one of the fastest crawler tractors on the market. The Caterpillar Model Sixty provided 60 h.p. with its gasoline engine, but the machine was also available with tooling to run on kerosene.

“The Caterpillar tractor is the road builder’s best friend. The roughest construction work has no obstacles to impede its progress. It pulls plows, scrapers, elevating graders, shapers, planers, road drags, spreaders, rollers, distributors, and trailers. It furnishes power to air compressors and rock crushers.”

Goodloe Yancey Jr. in the Atlanta Constitution, 1920.

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