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First Track Loader

The No. 6 shovel was another industry first for Caterpillar upon the machine’s introduction in 1952. Caterpillar engineers had combined a front-end loader attachment with a track-type tractor to create the new integrated design of the track loader and called it the “Traxcavator.” Powered by a Cat® D318 diesel engine rated at 66 drawbar-horsepower and 76 belt-horsepower, this was the only hydraulic Traxcavator available until 1955 when the 933, 955, and 977 were introduced. The modern-day track loader has become an iconic machine in the state of Georgia.

“It is so good for the housing market, for digging basements, for carrying, or for loading trucks in good conditions or bad. The number of 955 and 953 series track loaders in use around our state propelled Yancey Bros. Co. to the top of the Caterpillar track loader Dealers in North America.”

Bob Peck, Yancey Bros. Co.

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