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2017 Convention, 100 YEARS OR PROGRESS, EDERVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

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27 photo(s) Updated on: 01/28/2021
  • The show’s featured machine, a very unusual Rumely three-wheeled roller. The acute tilt of the frame makes this author wonder if it is converted from a tractor rather than being built as a roller.
  • One of Ederville’s many outstanding exhibits was this re-creation of an International Harvester dealership.
  • Another of the many extremely rare machines in Ken Eder’s collection, a Yuba Ball-Tread 20-35 crawler tractor.
  • Along with a new-fangled Holt 60 tiller-wheel crawler tractor, this lineup includes an Avery, a Rumely Oil Pull, a Nichols & Shepard Oil-Gas Red River Special, a Fairbanks-Morse 15-25 and a Case 6030
  • Best view at the show! Passengers enjoy a ride on a massive Best traction engine.
  • A Farmall crawler tractor? This model H in the I-H dealer yard is a customization, using a Cletrac undercarriage.
  • Board Chairman Larry Kotkowski operates a Byers Bear-Cat Junior half-swing shovel. Introduced in 1932, the Bear-Cat Junior weighs only 7½ tons and wields a 3/8 yard bucket.
  • Cab over engine? Nope. Autocar called this model U90 the Engine Under Seat design to more accurately describe the engine’s location.
  • Show host Ken Eder’s company, Mideast Railroad Services Inc., operates several heavy-duty truck cranes, like this Kershaw, that are designed specifically for railroad applications.
  • Landis Zimmerman’s Cletrac F keeps Ken Eder‘s 1927 100 company.
  • Yet another surprise at the show, a Keystone steam drill. The Keystone was claimed by its manufacturer to be the first modern, self-propelled blasthole, well and exploratory drill.
  • If you ever consider buying a machine with low hours, this is the yardstick to measure it against. Eric Christenbury says this 1953 9U series D6 has only 890 original hours!
  • Florenz Kitten’s Ferdinand (Indiana) Foundry & Machine Works built 224 Kitten steam tractors between 1889 and 1940.
  • A D9G with 9C inside-mount pushloading dozer provides plenty of oomph to give a 621 motor scraper an overflowing load.
  • One of several military vehicles on the site, this one was a real head-scratcher. As best as the equipment identification committee can determine, it’s one of two T-21 artillery tractors produced by I
  • This is the spreader bar from which the Big Muskie’s dragline bucket and its rigging was suspended. For those unfamiliar with the Big Muskie, the 220 cubic yard bucket was approximately this wide!
  • This is an Austin backfiller. It’s a product of one of the half-dozen manufacturing concerns founded by F. C. Austin after he sold his original business to the principals of Western Wheeled Scraper.
  • Unplanned demonstrations of repairs to vintage technology are part of many HCEA shows. This 1930 Cat 60 powered elevating grader needs belt service. Note the wooden slat drive drum.
  • General Ordnance Company was an armaments manufacturer. It acquired the Denning Tractor Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1919, and the former Denning tractor eventually became the G-O model series.
  • This is one of ten high-cab truck tractors Corbitt built between 1950 and 1952. They were used by Turner Transfer Company to haul oversize loads to dockside for export.
  • Before crawler drills rendered them obsolete, various combinations of compressors and single or tandem drills on modified crawler tractors like this TD24 were often used for heavy blasthole drilling.
  • Things are not always what they seem! This is an I-H TD24, disguised as a Cat 583K with yellow paint and decals to meet a customer’s requirement that only “Cat” equipment be used on his job.
  • We’ve had bottom dump trucks at past shows, but never one this large – a Cat DW20 with W20 wagon. It’s rated at 25 cubic yards heaped or 28 tons capacity.
  • Jay Wack operates show host Ken Eder’s 1930 Cat Thirty and undated Miami One-Yard Trailer Scraper. Ken bought this outfit from James Johnson at the 2015 show.
  • Equipped with an overhead frame cable dozer, Aaron Tipton’s 1942 Cat D-7 rearranges part of the sandbox. HCEA shows don’t usually have fall colors as a backdrop!
  • The Harris Power Horse originated from a mid-1930s walk-behind, rein-controlled skidsteer machine built by Eimco. Harris Manufacturing of Stockton, California, bought the line in 1949.
  • We’ve had many Galion products at our shows, but never a vibratory compactor until now. This is a VR84; the model number indicates the drum width.
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