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Link-Belt Company - Link-Belt Speeder - Link-Belt Construction Equipment

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Link-Belt Company - Link-Belt Speeder - Link-Belt Construction Equipment, 1922-1928 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

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Title: Link-Belt Company - Link-Belt Speeder - Link-Belt Construction Equipment, 1922-1928 and n. d.Add to your cart.

ID: 1/101/463

Primary Creator: Link-Belt (1875-current)

Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by subseries, record format, record type, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Subjects: Apron feeder, Backhoe, Bagging hopper, Belt conveyor, Bin gate, Bin spout, Box car loader, Bucket conveyor, Bucket elevator, Bucket loader, Cable backhoe, Cable shovel, Car unloader, Case, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, Classifier, Coal bagger, ConExpo, ConExpo/CON-AGG 2008, Conveyor, Conveyor idler, Crane, Crawler crane, Crawler dragline, Cub, Deck screen, Dewatering conveyor, Dodge Steel Company, Dodge Works, Dragline, Dragline bucket, Dredge, Dredge Portland, Dull Inclined Conical, E. T. Slider, Ewart Manufacturing Company, Ewart Works, Factory, FMC, FMC Corporation, Gifford-Hill, Great Northern, H. D. Conkey & Company, H. W. Caldwell & Son, Hydraulic backhoe, Hydraulic control, Hydraulic log loader, Hydraulic scrap handler, Hylab, Illinois Central, Indianapolis, Indiana, Johnson Special Front Dumping Shovel, LBX, Lexington, Kentucky, Link-Belt, Link-Belt Company, Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company, Link-Belt Engineering Company, Link-Belt Excavator Company, Link-Belt Machinery Company, Link-Belt Northwest, Link-Belt Pacific, Link-Belt Speeder, Lock No. 43, Locomotive crane, Logmaster, Los Angeles, California, Louisville, Kentucky, Model nomenclature, Ohio River, Ohio River Sand Company, Olney Foundry, One-Man Power Swiveling Loader, Ownership and operating costs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Subway Construction Company, Pratt box car loader, Radial stacker, Rotary screen, Sand classifier, Sand screw, Sand scrubber, Sand separator, San Francisco, California, Scrapmaster, Scrubber, Seattle, Washington, Shaw, Shovel, Slackline dragline, Slackline dragline bucket, Slat conveyor, Speed-O-Matic, Speeder Machinery Corporation, Speed reducer, Sumitomo, Sumitomo Construction Machinery Company, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Toronto, Ontario, Trommel screen, Truck crane, U. S. Engineering Department, Wash screen, Wheel loader, William Dana Ewart

Forms of Material: Brochure, Catalog, Crane rating chart, Photograph, Plant layout, Prospect evaluation, Sales literature, Spec sheet, Technical reference, Testimonial

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales and service literature and photographic media discussing the company’s products; business records, periodicals and msicellaneous records documenting its operations; and memorablia.

Biographical Note

Organizational History

Ewart Manufacturing Company was founded in 1875 to produce the detachable link chain patented on September 1, 1874 by William Dana Ewart. Two companies were subsequently organized: Link-Belt Machinery Company in 1880, and Link-Belt Engineering Company in 1888. The two Link-Belt firms were consolidated into the Link-Belt Company in Chicago, Illinois, in 1906.

Circa 1922, Link-Belt Company acquired H. W. Caldwell & Son Company of Chicago, Illinois. As of 1922, Link-Belt operated manufacturing plants in Chicago; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana (under the Dodge Works and Ewart Works names), and Toronto, Ontario. Machine shops were operated under the names of Link-Belt Northwest Company in Seattle, Washington, and Link-Belt Pacific Company in San Francisco, California. It also operated an office under the Link-Belt Pacific Company name in Los Angeles, California, and a Dodge Steel Company plant and the Olney Foundry in Philadelphia.

In 1939, Link-Belt Company purchased the Speeder Machinery Corporation and merged its machines with Speeder's smaller machines (3/8 to 3/4 yd.) to form the Link-Belt Speeder Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Link-Belt Company. Link-Belt Speeder eventually was located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In 1967, the FMC Corporation merged with the Link-Belt Company, and Link-Belt Speeder later became the Construction Equipment Group of FMC Corporation, marketing Link-Belt construction equipment products worldwide.

In 1986, the Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company was formed as a joint venture between FMC Corporation and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, formalizing a relationship dating back to 1962.

In 1998, in a reorganization to focus on cranes, the excavator product line was spun off from the Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company. The LBX Company, a stand-alone, joint-venture company, was formed between Sumitomo Construction Machinery Company and Case Corporation to market and sell Link-Belt excavators. LBX operates as a board-controlled, stand-alone company and is responsible for all Link-Belt earthmoving, forestry and material handling equipment in North and South America. (Source: LBX website, http://www.lbxco.com/aboutus.html, Nov 29 2005.) Sales literature distributed at ConExpo-CON/AGG 2008 was published over both the LBX and Link-Belt names, with the machines bearing the Link-Belt name and LBX identified as standing for Link-Belt Excavator Company.

Today's Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries. (Source: Link-Belt website, http://www.linkbelt.com/linkbelt/about/frameabout.htm, Nov 29 2005.)

Product Information

Model nomenclature:

The number suffixes for LS-series crawler cable excavators were continued after the LS prefix was discontinued prior to 03/1999.

Link-Belt offered a branded wheel loader line from 2003 through 2005. Their discontinuance was noted by Equipment Watch at https://www.equipmentwatch.com/Navigation.do?product=BBOL&categoryName=Wheel+Loaders&subTypeId=39&subTypeName=4-WD+Articulated+Wheel+Loaders&manufacturerName=Link-Belt&manufacturerId=1742&modelInstanceId=17323&modelInstanceName=L120.

Major patents and innovations:

• Claims to have introduced the first crawler mounted cable excavator, in 1922.

• Introduced “Speed-O-Matic” hydraulic power controls for cable excavators in 1936.

• Introduced “full-function design” in 1949.

Trade names used:

Link-Belt used the following trade names for its products:

• Hylab: Cable crawler crane.

• Logmaster: Hydraulic log loader.

• Quantum: Hydraulic backhoe.

• Scrapmaster: Hydraulic scrap handler.

• Speed-O-Matic: Power hydraulic controls for cable excavators.

Subject/Index Terms

Apron feeder
Backhoe
Bagging hopper
Belt conveyor
Bin gate
Bin spout
Box car loader
Bucket conveyor
Bucket elevator
Bucket loader
Cable backhoe
Cable shovel
Car unloader
Case
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Chicago, Illinois
Classifier
Coal bagger
ConExpo
ConExpo/CON-AGG 2008
Conveyor
Conveyor idler
Crane
Crawler crane
Crawler dragline
Cub
Deck screen
Dewatering conveyor
Dodge Steel Company
Dodge Works
Dragline
Dragline bucket
Dredge
Dredge Portland
Dull Inclined Conical
E. T. Slider
Ewart Manufacturing Company
Ewart Works
Factory
FMC
FMC Corporation
Gifford-Hill
Great Northern
H. D. Conkey & Company
H. W. Caldwell & Son
Hydraulic backhoe
Hydraulic control
Hydraulic log loader
Hydraulic scrap handler
Hylab
Illinois Central
Indianapolis, Indiana
Johnson Special Front Dumping Shovel
LBX
Lexington, Kentucky
Link-Belt
Link-Belt Company
Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company
Link-Belt Engineering Company
Link-Belt Excavator Company
Link-Belt Machinery Company
Link-Belt Northwest
Link-Belt Pacific
Link-Belt Speeder
Lock No. 43
Locomotive crane
Logmaster
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Model nomenclature
Ohio River
Ohio River Sand Company
Olney Foundry
One-Man Power Swiveling Loader
Ownership and operating costs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Subway Construction Company
Pratt box car loader
Radial stacker
Rotary screen
Sand classifier
Sand screw
Sand scrubber
Sand separator
San Francisco, California
Scrapmaster
Scrubber
Seattle, Washington
Shaw
Shovel
Slackline dragline
Slackline dragline bucket
Slat conveyor
Speed-O-Matic
Speeder Machinery Corporation
Speed reducer
Sumitomo
Sumitomo Construction Machinery Company
Sumitomo Heavy Industries
Toronto, Ontario
Trommel screen
Truck crane
U. S. Engineering Department
Wash screen
Wheel loader
William Dana Ewart

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

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:

• Field collections at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2002, 2005 and 2008

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

• Columbus Equipment Company, Accession 2004-0088 (received Jun 21, 2004)

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005)

• John Hubble, Accession 2006-0103 (received  Sep 20, 2006)

• M. P. McCaffrey Collection, Accession 2007-0039 (received May 3, 2007)

• Gary E. Hansen, Accession 2007-0090 (received Dec 7, 2007)

• Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin – Superior, Accession 2008-0047 (received Apr 15, 2008)

Related Materials: Cited url is corporate website as of February 2010. For more information please see http://www.linkbelt.com/.


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Group 1: Machinery records, 1922-1928 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Sales literature, 1922-1928 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Judd Griffith Collection, 1922-1928 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cable excavators, n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: LS 40-8S, n. d.Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Brochure, spec sheet and crane rating chart discusses LS40 3/8 cy cable shovel, crawler dragline, cable backhoe, crawler crane, truck crane, and Johnson Special Front Dumping Shovel.
Folder 2: Material handling equipment, 1922-1926 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Book 550, 1922Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Catalog, spec sheet and testimonial discusses Standard Type A, Type C, Type CA, Type CS and One-Man Power Swiveling Loader bucket loader; Gravity Screen Bagger and Shaking Screen Bagger coal bagger; bagging hopper; portable slat conveyor; and Pratt box car loader. Also discusses briefly crawler crane and locomotive crane. Includes coal handling plant layout, and photograph subjects include factory illustrations.
Item 2: Book No. 924, 1926Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Brochure and spec sheet discusses Grizzly crawler bucket loader. Includes testimonial and ownership and operating costs, also shows Pratt box car loader, Type CA bucket loader and Cub slat conveyor.
Item 3: Book No. 878, n. d.Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Brochure, testimonial and spec sheet discusses Cub slat conveyor, radial stacker and car unloader. Includes prospect evaluation form.
Folder 3: Aggregate equipment, 1925-1928Add to your cart.
Item 1: Book No. 540, 1925Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Catalog and spec sheet discusses rotary screen (trommel screen), Dull Inclined Conical wash screen, scrubber, sand separator, bin gate, bin spout, slackline dragline, dragline bucket, hardware, conveyor idler, bucket elevator, bucket conveyor, belt conveyor, slat conveyor, apron feeder, vibrating deck screen, crawler crane, cable shovel, locomotive crane, Grizzly bucket loader and Pratt box car loader. Includes technical reference on how to screen and wash sand and gravel, and plant layout. Photograph subjects include over sixty aggregate plants, including those of H. D. Conkey & Company; Great Northern Railway and Illinois Central Railroad ballast plants; Philadelphia Subway Construction Company; Dredge Portland, lettered for U. S. Engineering Department, Ohio River Lock No. 43, Louisville, Kentucky; and dredge operations of Ohio River Sand Company and E. T. Slider. Several show ship and barge loading.
Item 2: Book No. 640, 1928Add to your cart.
Link-Belt sales literature: Catalog and spec sheet discusses rotary screen (trommel screen), Dull Inclined Conical wash screen, scrubber, Shaw sand classifier, dewatering conveyor, sand screw, sand separator, bin gate, bin spout, slackline dragline, dragline bucket, hardware, conveyor idler, belt conveyor, bucket elevator, bucket conveyor, slat conveyor, speed reducer, apron feeder, vibrating deck screen, crawler crane, cable shovel, locomotive crane, Grizzly bucket loader and Pratt box car loader. Includes technical reference on how to screen and wash sand and gravel, and plant layout. Photograph subjects include over sixty aggregate plants, including those of H. D. Conkey & Company; Gifford-Hill Company; Great Northern Railway and Illinois Central Railroad ballast plants; and dredge operations of Ohio River Sand Company and E. T. Slider. Several show ship and barge loading.


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