Pictured here in 1957 is an International TD14 crawler loader working at a logging site near Rouyn-Noranda in Northwestern Quebec.
This TD14 crawler loader was equipped with a Drott brand loader attachment and fitted with a log grapple. This TD14 crawler loader was powered by an I-H diesel engine, rated in the 80 hp range, which started on gas before switching over to diesel operation.
These versatile crawlers could also be configured with straight or angle dozer blades and with double drum winches for scraper operation as well as towing winches.
In the early 1920’s, the Wisconsin based Drott Manufacturing Ltd. began building snow plows and other attachments for various large equipment companies.
About two decades later, they introduced the Drott 4-in-1 bucket concept that enabled four function operation with a single machine.
Contractors and municipalities along with forestry and logging industries saw great potential with this revolutionized loader ttachment helping Drott to become an industry leader.
By the 1960s, the Drott product line included popular crawler and wheeled hydraulic excavators which eventually became part of Case line . up.
To see more than 60 restored pieces of vintage construction equipment in action, be sure to attend Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) Canada’s 2019 Last Blast Event, held Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Simcoe County Museum near Barrie, Ont.