Classic Towed Scrapers

Classic scrapers reviewed by Richard Campbell- these images were published in conjunction with articles published in Contractor magazine.
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Don’t let the International Harvester trademark fool you as this is actually a Bucyrus-Erie scraper. International bought out Bucyrus’ earthmoving division in 1953 and a simple paint and re-brand was all it took. Illustrated is a type B-113 14 cubic yard scraper designed for use with tractors such as IH’s TD-18.

Don’t let the International Harvester trademark fool you as this is actually a Bucyrus-Erie scraper. International bought out Bucyrus’ earthmoving division in 1953 and a simple paint and re-brand was all it took. Illustrated is a type B-113 14 cubic yard scraper designed for use with tractors such as IH’s TD-18.

Manufactured in England under license from Caterpillar, Birtley scrapers were popular in New Zealand and saw widespread service throughout the country. The Birtley 80 was directly equivalent to a Caterpillar No.80.

Manufactured in England under license from Caterpillar, Birtley scrapers were popular in New Zealand and saw widespread service throughout the country. The Birtley 80 was directly equivalent to a Caterpillar No.80.

The author reshaped a good part of Kelson in the Hutt Valley with one of these scrapers, a Caterpillar No.463. Caterpillar scrapers continue to be useful contracting plant years after the type was discontinued.

The author reshaped a good part of Kelson in the Hutt Valley with one of these scrapers, a Caterpillar No.463. Caterpillar scrapers continue to be useful contracting plant years after the type was discontinued.

The C-114 was a well liked scraper that made it through the Allis-Chalmers takeover of LaPlant-Choate unchanged apart from the paint! C-114’s were rated at 13½ cubic yards struck and 17 cubic yards heaped and normally pulled by a Caterpillar D8 or Allis-Chalmers HD-15.

The C-114 was a well liked scraper that made it through the Allis-Chalmers takeover of LaPlant-Choate unchanged apart from the paint! C-114’s were rated at 13½ cubic yards struck and 17 cubic yards heaped and normally pulled by a Caterpillar D8 or Allis-Chalmers HD-15.

The C-114 was a well liked scraper that made it through the Allis-Chalmers takeover of LaPlant-Choate unchanged apart from the paint! C-114’s were rated at 13½ cubic yards struck and 17 cubic yards heaped and normally pulled by a Caterpillar D8 or Allis-Chalmers HD-15.

The C-114 was a well liked scraper that made it through the Allis-Chalmers takeover of LaPlant-Choate unchanged apart from the paint! C-114’s were rated at 13½ cubic yards struck and 17 cubic yards heaped and normally pulled by a Caterpillar D8 or Allis-Chalmers HD-15.

A classic design and one of the largest of LeTourneau’s Carryalls, the Model N held 24 cubic yards struck and 30 cubic yards heaped. Usual tractor power was one Caterpillar D8 pulling and another pushing

A classic design and one of the largest of LeTourneau’s Carryalls, the Model N held 24 cubic yards struck and 30 cubic yards heaped. Usual tractor power was one Caterpillar D8 pulling and another pushing

Great quantities of Vickers-Onions towed scrapers were imported into New Zealand in many sizes during the late 1940s and 1950s. The most numerous was the model 15-21 (shown) which had a heaped capacity of 20 cubic yards

Great quantities of Vickers-Onions towed scrapers were imported into New Zealand in many sizes during the late 1940s and 1950s. The most numerous was the model 15-21 (shown) which had a heaped capacity of 20 cubic yards

Quite a beast of a scraper, this is a Wooldridge model TC-142 rated at 17½ cubic yards. Wooldridge’s ‘Terra-Clippers’ were not common in New Zealand

Quite a beast of a scraper, this is a Wooldridge model TC-142 rated at 17½ cubic yards. Wooldridge’s ‘Terra-Clippers’ were not common in New Zealand

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