Noted construction equipment journalist Frank Raczon has written a noteworthy book on the history of Caterpillar earthmoving machines titled “Caterpillar: Modern Earthmoving Marvels.” Written with construction equipment historian Keith Haddock, and illustrated by hundreds of application photographs, many of which go back more than 100 years, “Marvels” is a comprehensive history of Caterpillar machines that details the Peoria, Ill.-based manufacturer’s unparalleled contributions to the history of construction equipment and how its hundreds of machines have evolved.
Chapters focus on track-type tractors; motor graders and pull graders (from horses to joysticks); wheel tractor-scrapers and towed scrapers; wheel loaders and track loaders; hydraulic excavators (crawler and wheeled); articulated, off-highway and mining dump trucks; backhoe loaders, mining machines and a lot more. The book is exhaustively researched and well written and includes interviews and explanations of how and why they work the way they do as well as interviews and quotes from Caterpillar engineers and operators.
Author Raczon, senior editor of Construction Equipment magazine, has had a writing career spanning nearly a quarter of a century in magazine publishing and public relations with some of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers. Raczon has won a number of awards for his work and serves on the Association of Equipment Management Professionals’ education committee. Haddock has worked for major earthmoving contractors in the U.K. and Canada, and has written for a number of construction publications. He is the author of Classic Caterpillar Crawlers, Earthmover Encyclopedia, and more.
The brand new book is published by Motorbooks, and is available on Amazon, eBay, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and other stores and sites.