The History Of The Bulldozer 12/03/2008

It could be said that the bulldozer came first before the tractor, but that would be disingenuous. The bulldozer blade was the closest invention to this earth moving vehicle. Imagine a frame with a blade at the front that was harnessed to two mules. The mules would then push the blade into a heap of dirt dumped by a cart and spread the dirt or push into a hole. Of course this meant the mules also had to go back up the dirt pile. This was in 1904 somewhere in England so it was also very muddy. The term bulldozer means literally a shovel like blade, so in fact bulldozer is really only supposed to be about the shovel/blade not the entire vehicle.

Of course the most famous association we have with bulldozers is caterpillar, of the world famous Caterpillar Tractor Company. Benjamin Holt, one of the first of a few inventors of the bulldozer, like the term caterpillar when he heard a photographer describe the wheel track as such. And when he became a company he called his new bulldozer business the same name.

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