View Full Version : D-6 question

12-19-2012, 06:58 AM
I was looking at some old photos that had 2 D-6 in the same frame.one had a cable lift and the other one had hydraulics. My question is what would be the year difference or could there be an overlap in the way models were equiped?

Rome K/G
12-19-2012, 07:07 AM
It was what ever the customer ordered at the time or they come out of the factory ordered with certain attachments ect.

12-19-2012, 04:23 PM
I have a D6 9u18323 which my father bought new in 1955 in South Australia with a No 24 front mounted winch, he could not get one with hydraulics at the time in Australia, but I have seen plenty pictures of earlier serial numbers with hydraulics and all of these have been in the US, so they were certainly making both for some time. I hope to get my D6 going in the next year or so, it has not run in 20years. I tracked it down a couple of years ago, it had had 2 other owners since my dad sold it in about 1970.


12-19-2012, 07:14 PM
34013 1952 Western Oklahoma. 2 tractors on the left are D-6's one with hyraulics and the other with cable.

12-19-2012, 09:00 PM
Have seen a number of the 6S blades on U series d6's that had attaching points for rams or the cable shiv.A better question when did Cat stop making cable blades?The newest I have seen was a 36A D8.This tractor might have been set up more with the idea it was going to be used to haul a scraper with a little push Cat us.As it was purchased to work in a open pit mercury mining operation. But as the mining business has it's ups and downs,the mining partnership broke up and was used as a owner/operated general dirt moving contractor tractor until the 80's.

12-19-2012, 10:32 PM
When did Cat quit making cable blades is a good question. I used to run a D8 46A (forgot the serial number) but at the time I knew it was a 1963 model having looked up the serial number in a Forke Bros. book. Sweet tractor with that blade. We pulled a #70 (or 80?) scraper with it also.