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1939 RD4 catepillar

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9 months 1 week ago - 9 months 5 days ago #251569 by Taynton
1939 RD4 catepillar was created by Taynton
My father got this cat from his father who owned a small sawmill.  Dad says that it was the first ones made.  It has had changes made as it was a working cat.  Wider tracks and has newer rails.  Last ran in 2009.  

New photos showing 1925 date.
Wide tracks, straight front blade.
Dad says the starting engine is gas and is in great shape!
 
Last edit: 9 months 5 days ago by Taynton. Reason: wanted to add more photos.

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9 months 1 week ago #251570 by Taynton
Replied by Taynton on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar
in addition to this post of the RD4 antique cat: I do have more photos and information available.

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9 months 1 week ago #251571 by Ray54
Replied by Ray54 on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar
Welcome to the group, we always like pictures. Probably as many if not more old Cats working than all painted up for show tractors.
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9 months 1 week ago #251573 by juiceman
Replied by juiceman on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar
Welcome! Heck, don't keep us in suspense, tell us some more about the RD4 please. If you don't, I'll have to bore some folks here with one of my own stories, and they wouldn't like that much! JM

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9 months 1 week ago #251691 by Taynton
Replied by Taynton on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar
Thanks. I do have a few more photos.

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9 months 1 week ago #251692 by Taynton
Replied by Taynton on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar
My grandfather used it for his sawmill which was used to cut timber.  He made some changes because it was necessary for the job it was doing.  He replaced the narrow tracks with wider ones.  It has a straight blade on it.  He had just replaced the rails a short time before he passed away.  He had told my dad that that cat model was from the first of that model.  That he had bought it the year it came out.

Dad moved it from the mill to his property in 2009.  He drove it onto a trailer and drove it off again.  It has not been started since then, but it was working.  Dad said that it has a good gas starting motor on it.
 

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9 months 1 week ago - 9 months 1 week ago #251722 by Taynton
Replied by Taynton on topic 1939 RD4 catepillar

Thanks. I do have a few more photos. 

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