An overall view of operations at Twizel with quite a mixture of machinery in the frame. In the photo are International PayHaulers, Caterpillar 769s, an International 560 PayLoader, Caterpillar D9G with Kelly ripper and of course, a Terex 72-81.
Another shot of Baker Construction’s first 72-81, this time loading one of the company’s International PayHaulers. This photo serves to give a good impression of the size of this machine and also the tilt cylinders and linkage mounted on the outside of the loader lift arms.
Living out its twilight years in a sand and gravel plant in Illinois, this Terex 72-81 is still in excellent condition considering the type was last manufactured in 1982. This girl is at least 34 years old and still earning her keep. A real credit to the owner and operator.
Still in use as a backup unit for when other machines are being serviced, this 72-81 resides in Pennsylvania coal country and is used to load out trucks and stockpile. It has the ‘soft’ cab and a 10 cubic yard rehandling bucket with teeth. Judging by the rust in the bucket it has been idle for some time.
A 72-81 loads another Terex product, a model 33-07 rear dump on a major highway job in Missouri, USA. As can be seen, the loader has ample dump clearance for this 50-ton truck. The machine is on L5 tyres.
New Zealand’s Baker Construction owned two Terex 72-81s. This is the first to go into service and is seen depositing a load of Waitaki Basin gravel into a Ministry of Works Caterpillar 769B rear dump. Note the chrome exhaust stack, a class touch!
The only model available of Terex’s 72-81 is this 1:120th offering from Tomica. As you can see it lacks some of the presence of the original and there are size discrepancies here and there, but it is cute! The model was intended for model railroad users to add to their layouts in a diorama setting.