Iron Profile: Cat 983B Track-Type Loader

In 1978 the largest track loader that had yet been made by the Caterpillar company was introduced: the Cat 983B Track-Type Loader. The lineage from which 983B loader came is an interesting one. The Trackson …

Iron Profile: Marion 7200 Walking Dragline

The first Marion walking dragline ever built was still in operation more than 50 years later. The 7200 Walking Dragline from Marion has long been revered for its durable and consistent performance, and with good …

Iron Profile: Cat 914G Wheel Loader

When Caterpillar introduced the 914G wheel loader in 1995, it did much more than just update an older machine. The 914G represented a totally new concept in wheel loaders at the time and was one of the first …

Iron Profile: The Caterpillar D8 Through History

Few pieces of equipment are more representative of the history of Caterpillar than their D8 track-type tractors. This family of machines has been an integral part of the Caterpillar line from its farm and agricultural …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar Seventy Track-Type Tractor

In 1934 Caterpillar began selling the Seventy Tractor, the largest its gas-powered tractors, which were being replaced by the newer diesel machines becoming more popular at the time. This precursor to modern track-type tractors has …

Iron Profile: Cat 953C Track Loader

The Cat 953C track loader entered the market in 1995 and has proven a big success judging by the estimated 8000 that were produced around globe up until 2005. The 953C had a wide variety …

Iron Profile: Manitowoc M-250 Crawler Crane

Beginning initially as a shipbuilding and repair company, Manitowoc has been manufacturing a variety of cranes of since the mid-1920s. In 1992 they introduced the M-250 lattice boom crawler crane, which was all hydraulic and …

Iron Profile: Northwest 190D Dragline

  The 190D dragline manufactured by Northwest Engineering (NWE) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, was the machine many companies have turned to for clearing overburden from valuable deposits such as coal and iron ore. This configuration …

Iron Profile: Cat D11R

In March of 1996, Caterpillar introduced the D11R which was equipped with a 3508B EUI—turbocharged and aftercooled—increasing output from the 770 horsepower of the D11N model to 850 horsepower. The new machine also meet new …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 631E and 637E Scrapers

Introduced in the 1980s, the Caterpillar 631E wheeled tractor-scraper was the latest iteration of Caterpillar’s highly successful scraper line. By combining speed and mobility with substantial earth-moving prowess, these units handled large capacities of topsoil …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 5230 ME and FS

Officially launched in the summer of 1994, the 5230 Front Shovel (FS) was and remains one of largest earth-movers produced during Caterpillar’s considerable history. Nearly twice the size of the 5130, it weighs in at …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar D9L

The D9 series of track-type tractors has been a hugely successful product line of Caterpillar for several decades running. From the prototype D9X in the mid-1950s all the way up to present day, various iterations …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 777 Off-Highway Haul Truck

Introduced by Caterpillar in 1974, the 777 became one of the company’s most popular line of off-highway haul trucks. Building on their experience with the 769B and 773 trucks, the 777 continued the successful mechanical-drive …

Iron Profile: Caterpillar 992C Wheel Loader

After making great strides in developing rubber-tired construction equipment throughout the 50’s and 60’s, Caterpillar created what some consider one of the finest wheel loaders ever designed. The 992C front-end loader was released to the …

Iron Profile: Marion 6360 Shovel “The Captain”

At the time of its creation in 1965 for the Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation, the Marion 6360 was the world’s largest mobile land machine; with ballast it weighed 28 million pounds. It required 10 months …