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Austin-Western Road Machinery Company

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The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company

The Western Wheeled Scraper Company

The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company

The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western

Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company



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Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1909-1973 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Collection Overview

Title: Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1909-1973 and n. d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 1/101/10

Creator: Austin-Western (1901-1971)

Extent: 5.0 Items

Arrangement: Records are arranged into groups by company name. Series 1 within each group, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature, service literature, photographic media, plans, drawings and audio-visual media  discussing the company’s products, and periodicals, publicity materials and business records discussing its operations. 

Numerous records from this company are not yet cataloged online. Please use the [Contact Us About This Collection] option on this screen to inquire about anything not listed here.

Biographical Note

In 1901, F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper Company, which until then had been fierce competitors, formed a selling corporation called Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, to market their products. Western Wheeled Scraper purchased the F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902, renaming it Austin Manufacturing Company, and the three companies operated until 1934. Their exact relationship to one another during these years is uncertain, but is discussed in Issue 80 of Equipment Echoes. Austin and Western products were manufactured and sold under those names, although the Austin-Western name also appeared on machinery, especially in the early 1930s.

In 1934, the two manufacturing companies were consolidated under the name Western-Austin Company, with Austin-Western as a wholly-owned subsidiary; the Austin-Western name was in standard use on the equipment after the merger, although the Western-Austin name also occasionally appeared in conjunction with Austin-Western. Also in 1934, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company moved from Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, and manufacturing operations were consolidated in Aurora in 1939.

On January 1, 1944, all operations were consolidated under the Austin-Western Company  name, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company was dissolved, and the Western-Austin name was dropped

Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (Collection 135) acquired Austin-Western as a subsidiary on March 8, 1951. In July of 1965 Armour and Company of Chicago, Illinois, purchased all of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation of Philadelphia; then in December of 1970, the Greyhound Corporation purchased all of Armour and Company and its subsidiaries.

In May of 1971 the Clark Equipment Company (Collection 252) purchased only the Construction Equipment Division from Greyhound. This consisted of the Austin-Western Division of Aurora, Illinois; the Lima Division of Lima, Ohio; and the Division of BLH Canada located at St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Clark went on to phase out the Austin-Western name in the mid-1970s, consolidating the line into its Crane Division, then moving production of graders – the last survivor of the line – to the former Hancock Manufacturing Company plant in Lubbock, Texas in 1978. The Lubbock plant was closed and the grader line discontinued in 1981.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Some records in this collection are poor physical condition.

Acquisition Method:

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were found in files. Additional records have been added from:

• Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113 (received Sep 22 2000)

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005). Filed with his collection per his request.

Related Materials: Collection 115, F. C. Austin Company, Inc. - Austin Machinery Corporation (Muskegon, MI), describes the history and products of F. C. Austin's ventures after 1902.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Group:

[Group 1: The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company],
[Group 2: The Western Wheeled Scraper Company],
[Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933],
[Group 4: The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western, 1935-1936 and n. d.],
[Group 5: Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company],
[All]

Group 1: The F. C. Austin Manufacturing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Records of The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company until it was purchased by Western Wheeled Scraper in 1902.
Group 2: The Western Wheeled Scraper CompanyAdd to your cart.
Records of The Western Wheeled Scraper Company until it purchased of F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902.
Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Records of Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper (in separate subgroups) from 1902 through 1934.
Subgroup 1: Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1930Add to your cart.
Records of The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, encompassing both the Austin and Western lines and filed as Austin-Western.
Series 1: Machinery records, 1930Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Sales literature, 1930Add to your cart.
Subject 1: General sales literature, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Product Line, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 1: Austin-Western Road Machinery 1930, 1930Add to your cart.

Austin-Western sales literature: Reprint of catalog discussing:

Austin Manufacturing Company Mammoth Senior, Mammoth Junior, Special, Giant and Standard pull grader; Rip-Snorter scarifier; slopeboard, and Double-Ended moldboard extension for pull grader); 12-1/2-25, 20 and 30 Dual Drive motor grader; 20 and 30 Single Drive motor grader; Autocrat, Cadet and Bull Pup three-wheel roller; tandem roller; front dozer and scarifier for three-wheel roller; New Era elevating grader; gyratory crusher; Rip-Rooter and Block Scarifier pull scarifier; sprinkler wagon; road oiler; Standard and Sprinkler-Sweeper pull sweeper; Motor Pickup Sweeper; and culvert. (Note: 12-1/2-25 grader and Bull Pup roller use McCormick-Deering 20 industrial wheel tractor.)

Western Wheeled Scraper 22 Leaning Wheel, 32, 35, 55, No. 1 Patrol and No. 12 Patrol pull grader; Motor Maintainer motor grader and road drag; motor grader conversion for Cleveland Tractor Company Cletrac 20 crawler tractor; 32-International grader attachment for McCormick-Deering 10-20 agricultural or 20 industrial wheel tractor; angle and vee snow plow for truck mounting; Standard and Levee Special elevating grader; crawler dump wagon; stock dump wagon; Aurora jaw crusher; deck screen; conveyor; bucket  elevator; trommel screen (rotary screen); bin; hopper; patching plant; road drag; rotary scraper; Fresno scraper; tongue scraper; slip scraper; Tumblebug wheeled rotary scraper; wheeled scraper; railroad plow; rooter plow; Groundhog plow; and wing plow.

44 pages.

Subgroup 2: Austin Manufacturing Company, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Records of Austin Manufacturing Company under ownership of Western Wheeled Scraper from 1902 through 1934.
Series 1: Machinery records, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Sales literature, 1905-1933Add to your cart.
Filed as Austin Manufacturing Company.
Subject 1: General sales literature, c. 1913-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General product line, c. 1913Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalog 27, c. 1913Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company catalog discusses: Gyratory crusher; rotary screen (trommel screen); bucket conveyor; friction hoist (car puller); overhead traveler; bin gate; bin spout; dump car; railroad car mounting of crusher plant; jaw crusher; bucket elevator; hopper; stone spreader wagon; dump wagon; and gas three-wheel roller. Includes testimonial letter, jobsite photograph, engineering drawing of plant layouts, price page, and artist’s rendition of jobsites. Photographs show quarry operations of: Solvay Process Company, Syracuse, New York; Bellevue Stone Company, Bellevue, Ohio; France Brothers Company (later France Stone Company), Waterville, Ohio; Kankakee Lime & Cement Company, Kankakee, Illinois; railroad crusher owned by Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; and horse-drawn operation of New Era elevating grader. 76 pages, incomplete; page 15/16 missing.
Folder 2: Motor graders, 1930-1933Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalog 9 (AD-1192), 1930Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company (Austin-Western) sales literature: Catalog discusses 12-1/2-25 Dual Drive and 20 and 30 Single Drive and Dual Drive Motor Grader and attachments (scarifier, snow moldboard, V snow plow, Pullman enclosed cab, Military open cab, crawler conversion, solid tire, pneumatic tire, road shaper, wheel extension, tire chain, and moldboard extension). 12-1/2-25 uses Austin power unit, 20 and 30 use McCormick-Deering 20 and 30 industrial wheel tractor. 36 pages, with spec sheet and numerous photograph.
Item 2: Bulletin AD1298, May 2 1933Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company sales literature: Spec sheet for 77 Single Drive motor grader with hydraulic control. Four pages, worn.
Subject 2: Clippings, 1905Add to your cart.
Item 1: Austin Gyratory Crusher's Great Triumph, 1905Add to your cart.
Austin Manufacturing Company clipping, photocopied from Mar 1905 Good Roads Magazine: Awards won by gyratory crusher and construction equipment exhibits at 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis, Missouri.
Subgroup 3: The Western Wheeled Scraper CompanyAdd to your cart.
Records of The Western Wheeled Scraper Company from 1902 through 1934.
Group 4: The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western, 1935-1936 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Records of The Western-Austin Company, which was created in 1934 by the merger of Austin and Western to manufacture their product; the Austin-Western Company, which was created in 1944 by the merger of Western-Austin and Austin-Western Road Machinery Company; BLH Austin-Western, encompassing the records of Austin-Western from 1934 through the purchase of Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton’s construction lines by Clark Equipment Company (Collection 252) in 1971.
Series 1: Machinery records, 1935-1936 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Sales literature, 1935-1936 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subject 1: General sales literature, 1935-1936 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General product line, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pictorial Reference Catalog 1475, 1936Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Catalog and condensed spec sheet for: No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 manual and hydraulic control pull grader; No. 1 Patrol, No. 8, No. 12 Patrol, No. 22, No. 35, No. 37 and Little Western pull grader; road drag; rotary scraper; wheeled scraper; Fresno scraper; slip scraper; tongue scraper; backfill board; cutting edge; 77 Junior and 77 Senior motor grader; township plow; railroad plow; rooter plow; wing plow; Groundhog plow; bituminous distributor; Cadet and Autocrat three-wheel roller with Roll-A-Plane auxiliary drum; straight and vee truck snow plow; Badger half-swing tractor shovel; 70, 80 and 100 jaw crusher plant; jaw crusher; roll crusher; washer; 12-yard hydraulic pull scraper; Giant Ripper pull ripper; Motor Pickup Sweeper self-propelled sweeper; straight dozer and Trailbuilder angle dozer for crawler tractor; three-wheeled elevating grader; Trail-Car bottom dump trailer and side dump trailer; dump car; crawler dump wagon; Rip-Rooter pull scarifier; and patching plant. Also contains comparative condensed spec sheet for Cleveland Tractor Company Cletrac 20C, 30, 35 gas, 40 diesel, 55, 80 diesel, 80 diesel Blue Ox, 80 gas and 80 gas Blue Ox crawler tractor. 32 pages dozens of poor quality photographs.
Folder 2: Tractor shovels, n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1932, n. d.Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Brochure discusses Badger half-swing tractor shovel. 16 pages.
Folder 3: Pull graders, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1476, Jan 16 1936Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet discusses No. 11 Hydraulic Control pull grader. 2 pages, defaced.
Folder 4: Motor graders, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1469, Jan 16 1936Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet discusses 77 Senior motor grader. 2 pages, defaced.
Folder 5: Elevating graders, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1480-5, Jan 18 1936Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Flier discusses three-wheeled elevating grader. One page, defaced.
Folder 6: Scrapers, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1423-10, Jun 1935Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet, operation manual and maintenance manual discusses 20, H30, 35 and 60 rotary scraper.  2 pages, defaced.
Folder 7: Crushing equipment, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: AD 1461, Oct 4 1935Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet discusses 916 portable jaw crusher and 916CEP jaw crusher plant. Two pages, defaced and soiled.
Item 2: AD 1450, Sep 1935Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet discusses 100 combination crusher plant. Four pages, defaced.
Item 3: ADW-33-AR-2, Jan 18 1936Add to your cart.
Austin-Western sales literature: Spec sheet discusses gravel washer plant. Four pages, defaced and soiled.
Group 5: Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment CompanyAdd to your cart.
Records using both the Clark and Austin-Western names from 1971 through discontinuance of the Austin-Western name in 1978. Records published solely under the Clark name are part of Collection 252, Clark Equipment Company.

Browse by Group:

[Group 1: The F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company],
[Group 2: The Western Wheeled Scraper Company],
[Group 3: The Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1933],
[Group 4: The Western-Austin Company - The Austin-Western Company - BLH Austin-Western, 1935-1936 and n. d.],
[Group 5: Austin-Western Division of Clark Equipment Company],
[All]


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