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by Nick Drew  |  Tue 14 May 2013

Classic kit rolls out to join the Plantworx party

A great selection of classic plant has been assembled for visitors to enjoy at the inaugural Plantworx show, which opened its gates today.

Classic kit rolls out to join the Plantworx party
The biggest and most impressive machine on display is without doubt the mighty Caterpillar 983 tracked loader. The 1973 model, which weighs in around 43 tonnes, was based on D8 dozer components, and is the biggest tracked loader ever made by the American machinery giant. This rare beast of a machine is owned by S.E Davis. The humble site dumper has been an essential piece of kit on most UK construction sites for many years, but how many lads would like to do a shift on this old Thwaites Tusker rear wheel steer dumper, which was built in 1956. No power steering, electric start, or suspension seat on this old girl! Now, here is a classic, check out this Allis Chalmers HD10 crawler tractor, which is equipped with a Baker Gradebuilder dozer attachment. This machine was built in 1942 and is owned by Peter Denham. One of the most popular crawler loaders from the 1970’s was the Caterpillar 941B. I used to spend a bit of time on one of these back in 1973/4, which  is when this model was manufactured. This old girl still looks more than capable of putting in a good days work too! And finally in this look back down memory lane, we see almost a mirror image from one of my recent Caterpillar D2 posts here on the blog. With the old and the new from Caterpillar in the shape of a 1940’s D2 being sheltered by the very latest 320E Series excavators from Caterpillar. This great display of old classics awaits visitors on the Lighthouse Club Stand. Don’t miss it whatever you do!  

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