New Book Credits Wain-Roy Duo With Invention of Backhoe

July 18, 2018
Ardent Case Construction Equipment and JCB fans might want to steer clear of a new book from Lee A. Horton, P.E., and David C. Willens, which maintains Vaino (pronounced “Waino”) J. Holopainen and Roy E. Handy Jr., of Hubbardston, Mass., developed the world’s first backhoe in 1947.

Ardent Case Construction Equipment and JCB fans might want to steer clear of a new book from Lee A. Horton, P.E., and David C. Willens, which maintains Vaino (pronounced “Waino”) J. Holopainen and Roy E. Handy Jr., of Hubbardston, Mass., developed the world’s first backhoe in 1947.

That’s the decade before the claims most equipment aficionados are accustomed to hearing from Case and JCB.

Promotion for the book calls the creation “A revolutionary invention that could dig and load by swinging side to side, [that] was also the world’s first all hydraulically actuated and controlled machine for digging.”

The authors, two engineers from Central Massachusetts, “wanted to capture this fascinating history before it was lost to time.”

“Few people alive still remember the greatest triumphs and failures of the true inventors and innovators of first backhoe and the first all-hydraulic digger,” the promotion concludes.

Vaino and Roy eventually formed the Wain-Roy Corp. that offered buckets and other attachments.

The hard-bound book has 194 pages of text with 42 pages of color images, as well as additional black-and-white photos. It’s available for $34 plus shipping by calling 508.829.4855, or sending an email to sales@leattach.com.

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