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by Nick Drew  |  Fri 08 Sep 2017

ACCO dozer Re-Visited

Following my mention of the giant ACCO grader earlier this week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to re-visit the topic of the ACCO dozer.

ACCO dozer Re-Visited
The giant Acco bulldozer was originally built in the early 1980’s to work on a land development contract in Libya. It was part of an order which also included the giant Acco motor grader. Sadly both machines never made it to Libya, due to the infamous Col. Gaddafi’s alleged involvement with international terrorism in those days, which led to the United Nations endorsing large trade embargoes against the country. As such the machines had been lying in storage in Italy ever since, and have never turned a track or wheel in anger, even sadder is that the giant grader was eventually cut up for scrap. Photo: Courtesy of Bejaflor In 2012 this massive 183 ton monster dozer, which was assembled using mainly Caterpillar parts fired up its two 675 hp Cat engines which produce a total power output of 1,350 hp (1,010kw) to climb onto a low loader for its move to a new resting place in Portograro, in Venice. Photo: Courtesy of the ACCO Facebook page. This awesome machine was bigger than any dozer Caterpillar ever made, with the blade measuring 23ft (7.0m) wide and 9ft (2.7m) tall, the machines total length from blade to the ripper was 40ft (12m). Although this machine might look rather dated by today’s standards, it was revolutionary at the time with its high drive track set up.
Let’s hope the machine is preserved for many years to come. I for one would like to pay a visit one day to see it in the flesh!

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