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    Default Cat Book Recommendations

    As I occasionally write about Cat equipment, mostly crawlers and engines, I wonder if there is a consensus here on the best book to keep around for general reference. Nothing is perfect, but I'd like a book that I can rely upon for the most part to convert correct information. Because I write more about the equipment than the corporate machinations, I'd like a book slanted that way as well.
    Last edited by Jim Allen; 11-09-2017 at 09:38 AM.
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    Default Kind of Depends.

    The answer kind of depends upon what kind of detail level and time period your interested in.

    I think the best overview of the entire history of Caterpillar, the major product lines, when they were introduced and their very basic features is Eric Orlemann's Caterpillar Chronical. His history takes you from Best and Holt through the late 1990's with a discussion of the company, the products and their evolution. Eric's work is pretty accurate and gives basic information, such as engine models, major features and a bit of design evolutions. This book can be purchased online from Amazon and many other retailers.

    If you want to focus more on a single model and follow its evolution, options, attachments and variations, several of the most significant models have photo archive books, such as Bob LaVoie's Caterpillar D8 Photo Archive, Thirty Photo Archive and others. Many of these are available at the Club store here as well as online and at brick and mortar stores.

    For an even deeper dive, there are references such as the Club's Track Type Tractor Serial Number Reference. These books show you start and end serial numbers for each model in each year. They also give you a basic overview of the model features and attributes and major design changes, when they happened. The Club's and the several others available each have some flaws and errors. When you get to this level of detail, it is almost impossible to completely vet and get the facts 100% correct, so at this level of detail, checking several references is important to evaluate the validity of a particular fact.

    There are other significant overview histories which are also accurate and enjoyable, some focused on a particular era or type of machine. An example is Ed Classen's Making Tracks, which is focused on the Best history. That book is also available in the Club store.

    I'm sure others will have good suggestions, but hopefully this gives you a start.

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    Hey Jim great thread. I to love to read books about caterpillar and look at old cat pictures. I have been thinking of ordering 3 books from the acmoc store and also purchasing a book that looks really neat called (all in a days work). It'll be neat to see what other books people throw out there for a guy to find and read through.

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    Also are there any good reads on the D2 or R2 tractors that anybody knows of, if so I'd like to know so I can find them. I'm a real sucker for the D2 and R2.

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    Orlemann's books are good but i believe the best overall product line book for vintage cat equipment is, g t barnards "illustrated product guide 1889-1969". i believe it was a expensive limited run and now hard to find. i got 1 and member it wasn't inexpensive. good luck with ur project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ag-mike View Post
    Orlemann's books are good but i believe the best overall product line book for vintage cat equipment is, g t barnards "illustrated product guide 1889-1969". i believe it was a expensive limited run and now hard to find. i got 1 and member it wasn't inexpensive. good luck with ur project.
    I have all the books mentioned and more. Including what might be the best D9D-D9H book ever written and maybe the only one, but, its in German. I do not think it was ever done in an English Text. It was authored by Urs Peyer.

    Caterpillar Chronicles by ECO, is a fantastic book for photos and history as stated, maybe the best.

    For reference,
    Barnards " Caterpillar illustrated product guide 1889-1969" is Awesome. Its in B&W but is almost all Caterpillar Ads, and builders photos... Includes tractors, scrapers, trucks, graders, loaders ... the whole line... and power units, all attachments, etc, etc. Truly a treasure book of Cat products for that period. Very expensive and might be hard to find.

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