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Unknown manufacturers

9 photo(s) Updated on: 01/25/2021
  • A sheepsfoot roller replicates one of the earliest forms of compaction - the penetrating action of the hooves of a herd of sheep being driven along an earth fill.
  • A gas engine imparts a rapid vibrating action to the bottom of this plate compactor to smooth and consolidate surfaces.
  • (Left) Fresno scraper.
  • The earliest form of scraper, a slip or pan scraper simply slides on the ground. The front digs in slightly to scrape up load, sharply to flip up and dump. One or two horses or mules provide power.
  • Invented in Fresno, California, a Fresno scraper improved on the slip scraper by having more efficient loading and dumping, higher capacity and runners to slide on.
  • C. 1910s wood-frame concrete mixer, unknown manufacturer. The drum appears to be a modified 55-gallon oil drum.
  • Late 1800s-early 1900s horse-drawn end dump wagon, used to haul such cargos as stone and coal.
  • Late 1800s-early 1900s bottom dump wagon. The floor opens lengthwise to dump the load.
  • Where a bottom dump wagon simply dropped its load, this ca. late 1800s wagon was emptied in a controlled manner by pulling slats out of the bottom of the bed.
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