When Old-Timers Get Together

By Lynn Landberg, Senior Editor | September 28, 2010


Rosco Vibra-Trac
A rare Rosco Vibra-Trac vibratory roller is mounted on a Minneapolis-Moline Jet Star 3-wheel tractor. At least one other company, Seaman, built these somewhat improvised compactors.
Marion 21
A Marion 21 steam shovel chugs away. The shovel has been painstakingly restored by owner Jim Briden, right down to its wood house.
A number of early Caterpillar motor graders were on display, including this single-axle 10 dating from 1937. The grader is owned by Fritz Paner.
Michigan 125A Series
The distinctive early cab on this Michigan 125A Series I wheel loader is one of the features that sets it apart. Paris Trucking owns the machine.
This big Cletrac tractor is equipped with a Heil hydraulic dozer blade. The rig is owned by Al Renneker.

When the Historical Construction Equipment Association holds its annual Old Equipment Exposition, it's like taking a step back in time. Dozens of vintage machines were on display at the last expo, many of which had been restored to working order. The machines are brought in from all over the country by proud HCEA members who have spent hundreds of hours putting the old equipment back in shape. The expositions are open to the public, and attendance last year was estimated at 30,000 to 35,000 people.


This year's HCEA convention and exposition will be held Sept. 5 through 7 at the HCEA headquarters and museum in Bowling Green, Ohio. In the meantime, you can learn more about the HCEA by visiting its website at