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    Default Trackson loader on Ebay

    This guy says he has one of four made. I am not sure this is correct but I thought you guys might like to look at it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com:80/ws/eBayISAPI....E:B:EF:US:1123
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    Serial number says 223. Not sure how Trackson numbered things, but most of the time they had no reason to start at #220. They usually started at 1.

    I wonder where the "Cat Museum" is the has one of them? Ziegler?

    It does look like quite the machine to operate. I wonder if they guy could ever see the bucket?

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    Reserve of $10,000 is a bit rich.

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    This fella has been trying to sell this machine for the last year it seems with the opening bid @ 10K. You think he would learn that after several attempts, maybe he should lower the opener. As Oz noted on a previous thread about this same machine, if only 4 were made, why then is the SN of the loader #223? Seems to me there should be at least 222 other T7 trackson cable loaders around. Most likely a lot more than that.

    Oops, YM, didn't notice you said the same thing.
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    That's OK. Glad to know I'm following in the footsteps of Oz. Great minds think alike!!!
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    I think I might know where there is another and if I had to guess I would say more than 4 made. I think it is one at the brownsville show or was a few years back. Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason 10/D4 View Post
    I think I might know where there is another and if I had to guess I would say more than 4 made. I think it is one at the brownsville show or was a few years back. Jason
    That's a D6 at Brownsville. I think I saw a D7 one south of Greenville,SC a few years ago but can't remember. Probably a D6. One of our members, Lou McMaster knows of one by us used years ago to load coal.

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    The guy with the T-7 should be selling used cars with bananas in the rear axle and sawdust in the transmission, he's so full of it.

    The Trackson Co built their first cable Trackson loader on a Cat in late 1937 .. fitted to a model Thirty (6G) crawler .. and it was sold as the "Trackson Shovel option".
    Soon after, Trackson produced the T4, fitted to the D4 .. then followed with models for every other Cat, up to D7 size. By 1946, the model range was T2 (D2), T4 (D4), T6 (D6) and the T7 (D7).

    The cable Trackson loaders on Cat crawlers were built by the Trackson Co, from early 1938 to December 1951, when Cat bought the Trackson Co., lock, stock and barrel. By the mid 1940's, Trackson merely called all their loader range, just Traxcavators (from "tractor excavator").

    Upon purchase, the Trackson loaders were gradually renamed Caterpillars (although the Traxcavator nameplates remained for a year or two) .. and the cable Tracksons were rapidly phased out, in favour of the hydraulic Traxcavators (Trackson had produced the all-hydraulic HT4 in 1950 - and it sold alongside the cable Tracksons loaders, for over 2 years, before the cable Trackson production ceased). The hydraulic HT4 Traxcavator was designed by both Trackson and Caterpillar engineers, in a co-operative effort, that commenced in 1948.

    The No.6 Shovel, released in early 1953, was Cat's first all-new, totally-Caterpillar-designed, hydraulic traxcavator .. and the No.6 sold along with the HT4 up to early 1955, when the 933, the 955 and the 977 appeared on the scene. The release of the No.6 Shovel saw the end of production of cable Traxcavators.

    I have a 1951 Trackson Co, 12-page brochure, which displays ALL the Traxcavator models at work. In this brochure, there are shown, no less than SEVEN, T7's .. at various worksites .. in states ranging from CA, KS, CO, IL .. to even Venezuela!

    Once Caterpillar purchased Trackson, the T7 was given a Caterpillar S/N prefix of 34C .. and was built for almost another 2 years. I would not be in the least surprised to find that many hundreds of T7's were built .. but unfortunately, nowhere can I find production records of any of the Trackson cable loaders.
    Last edited by OzDozer; 05-27-2009 at 07:42 AM. Reason: addendum ..

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    Whatever the production was then, there are not many of these larger traxcavators still around from what I have seen, this D7/T7 looks to be in decent shape, street pads, etc. would be a nice one for a collector, can't imagine the practicality of it's use today considering ones options, price may be high, but if that U/C checks out, still think it's a nice specimen of a tractor set up with that loader, can only recall seeing a couple of these in the last 10 years on the net and this one looks better than the others. Seller probably knows this, hence the description, but you have to appreciate the apparent condition of it, looks like the nicest one I have seen, looks can be deceiving but.....

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    I emailed the seller some of the coomments made

    on HERE, and he modified his description somewhat....its always hard to say if someone is misled, ignorant, or trying to deceive someone!!

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