View Full Version : Allis Chalmers L pulling Cat 60 elevating grader

05-13-2011, 07:39 PM
Hi all, been on a bit grader kick recently and stumbled upon this forum, just thought some would enjoy this video of an AC L pulling our shows Cat 60 elevating grader.


That was taken 2 years ago, and was the first time it had been run in at least 20 years, so the operators were still figuring things out and getting everything loosened up again.

05-13-2011, 09:35 PM
Very cool. I am not an AG guy. What is the elevating grader used for? Drainage ditches?

05-13-2011, 09:45 PM
I think they had multiple purposes, I know they were used for road construction. They could also be used for filling wagons. I'm really a newbie to earth moving equipment, so hopefully some more knowledgeable people will chime in.

05-14-2011, 05:57 AM
My understanding is that they were developed prior to the pan scraper and were used to load wagons with material for building roads. The annual Rock and Dirt show in Wisconsin demonstrates one every year. They fill various vintage wagons and scraper pans with material to be moved to another location for unloading. There various vintage of equipment towed graders, self powered graders and dozers level the material. Search a little more on youtube for videos on it.

05-14-2011, 09:30 AM
they were several different models and yes they were designed to pickup material and load it into a wagons or the side of a road.

05-14-2011, 05:19 PM
Here is the one that Drujinin was talking about it was restored and run by Alan Smith, This was Al's pride and joy. He left it with us to letting the public enjoy it running. and they do Al taught us well how to operate it 2128121281212822128321284

05-14-2011, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the information guys, it sounds like I will have to try make it over to the Rock and Dirt show in Wisconsin. We'd like to get some old dump bottom wagons for it, so far, we just have one that is a little on the small side. I also have a McCormick Deering Iron Mule which I am planning on using with it.

There are some pictures of a similar Iron Mule as well as some information on this page. http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/h/hughes_keenan/hughes_keenan.htm

05-15-2011, 06:35 AM
Marty I have seen these before, I know where there is a restored one. It was at Red Power Roundup in Madison WI a few years a go.

05-15-2011, 07:47 PM
Sorry for the small pictures, Here is a link to some better photos and a video. I even am in to and did not break the camera Believe that or not. HAHA.
I think this is the video that Jeff was talking aboutcan be found here.


This is Steve Barr's web site lots of great photos from shows all over. Go to the video on the Elevating Grader and steam engine. This is Paul Smith on the Hot Rod 35 and Al Smith on the Elevating Grader, somthing AL loved to run and show off.

05-15-2011, 09:33 PM
tw, thanks for hunting that video down. Very interesting to see.

05-16-2011, 05:16 PM
They were used for different things, I think in Minn. they called them "Muckers" for cleaning ditches. They could be used to build ditches and put the fill on top to be graded off as a road. The one in the photos I put on I think came from Minn. But Al had 4 or 5 unrestored machines more, sadly all gone now.