Caterpillar recently hosted a group of editors to celebrate the 100th birthday of track-type tractors. The event included a dinner with guest speakers Gerald Shaheen, Caterpillar's group president; and Peter Holt, CEO of Cat's largest U.S. dealer HOLT CAT. He is also the great-grandson of its founder, Benjamin Holt.
On Nov. 24, 1904, Benjamin Holt drove through the heart of town with the very first track-type tractor that would become commercially successful. Little did he know how that Model 77 steam-powered articulating tractor with wooden track pads would evolve over the next 100 years—with the elevated sprocket design and the new ACERT engines. To coincide with the anniversary, Caterpillar introduced the T Series track-type tractors—including the D8T, D9T and D10T—that meet Tier 3 emissions regulations. (See Market Watch for more information on the T Series.) Caterpillar currently offers a dozen different base models of track-type tractors, which are available in a multitude of configurations to suit the application.