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Sargent Tile Ditcher Company – Sargent Machine Company – Sargent Engineering Corporation

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Sargent Tile Ditcher Company – Sargent Machine Company – Sargent Engineering Corporation, 1920-c. 1966 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

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Collection Overview

Title: Sargent Tile Ditcher Company – Sargent Machine Company – Sargent Engineering Corporation, 1920-c. 1966 and n. d.Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:c. 1930-c. 1932

ID: 1/101/1814

Primary Creator: Sargent Tile Ditcher Company – Sargent Machine Company –  Sargent Engineering Corporation (1903-1967)

Extent: 0.05 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by subseries, record format, record type, chronology (as determined by compoany name) and model number.

Subjects: Cable shovel, Clamshell crane, Crane, Crawler crane, Crawler dragline, Dragline, Dragline bucket, Flatcar, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Fred Grundon, Herbert W. Sargent, Hydra-Tower, Hydraulic crane, John Catalane, Ladder trencher, Lewis Grundon, Little Giant Crane & Shovel, Lowboy trailer, Northern Pacific Railroad, Sargent, Sargent Engineering Corporation, Sargent Machine Co., Sargent Tile Ditcher, Shovel, Tiling trencher, Trencher, Truck crane, Truck dragline, Truck hydraulic crane, Warner & Swasey

Forms of Material: Brochure, Comparative spec, Photograph, Price page, Sales letter, Sales literature, Spec sheet, Testimonial

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature and patent records discussing the company’s products.

Collection Historical Note

Sargent Tile Ditcher Company was founded in 1903 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and in 1921 it was engaged both in equipment manufacturing and in contracting for ditch maintenance. It was known as Sargent Machine Company by the early 1930s, and sales literature published circa 1931-1932 identifies Fred Grundon, uncle of Little Giant Crane & Shovel Company founder Lewis Grundon, as a satisfied customer of its Junior dragline. The company was again renamed, to Sargent Engineering Corporation, and was acquired by John Catalane, who sold it to Warner & Swasey Company (Collection 551) in 1967.

Herbert W. Sargent of Fort Dodge was awarded a patent in 1920 for a “Gathering Conveyor-Bucket,” and that he assigned the patent to Sargent Tile Ditcher. Sargent Machine Company claims to have originated the hold-down method of attaching an excavator’s upper works to its base, and the ball-bearing circle. The HT8440 truck hydraulic crane was touted as the world’s largest in 1966.

Biographical Note

Sargent Tile Ditcher Company was founded in 1903 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and in 1921 it was engaged both in equipment manufacturing and in contracting for ditch maintenance. It was known as Sargent Machine Company by the early 1930s, and sales literature published circa 1931-1932 identifies Fred Grundon, uncle of Little Giant Crane & Shovel Company founder Lewis Grundon, as a satisfied customer of its Junior dragline. The company was again renamed, to Sargent Engineering Corporation, and was acquired by John Catalane, who sold it to Warner & Swasey Company (Collection 551) in 1967.

Herbert W. Sargent of Fort Dodge was awarded a patent in 1920 for a “Gathering Conveyor-Bucket,” and that he assigned the patent to Sargent Tile Ditcher. Sargent Machine Company claims to have originated the hold-down method of attaching an excavator’s upper works to its base, and the ball-bearing circle. The HT8440 truck hydraulic crane was touted as the world’s largest in 1966.

Subject/Index Terms

Cable shovel
Clamshell crane
Crane
Crawler crane
Crawler dragline
Dragline
Dragline bucket
Flatcar
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Fred Grundon
Herbert W. Sargent
Hydra-Tower
Hydraulic crane
John Catalane
Ladder trencher
Lewis Grundon
Little Giant Crane & Shovel
Lowboy trailer
Northern Pacific Railroad
Sargent
Sargent Engineering Corporation
Sargent Machine Co.
Sargent Tile Ditcher
Shovel
Tiling trencher
Trencher
Truck crane
Truck dragline
Truck hydraulic crane
Warner & Swasey

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Physical Access Note: Many records in Group 1 Series 1 Subseries 1 are in poor physical condition.

Acquisition Method:

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were received in the Richard Miller papers, Accession 2000-0018 (received Jan 20, 2000). Additional records have been received 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.

* Printout from U. S. Patent Office website, Mar 20, 2012.


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Group 1: Machinery records, 1920-c. 1966 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Sales literature, 1920-c. 1966 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sargent Tile Ditcher Company, 1920 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Sargent Tile Ditcher sales literature: Brochure discusses model A, model B and model C ladder trencher and tiling trencher. Photograph subjects include trencher loaded on Northern Pacific Railroad flatcar. Patent record printout for U. S. patent 1351791 issued to Herbert W. Sargent for conveyor bucket.
Folder 2: Sargent Machine Company, Inc., c. 1930-c. 1932Add to your cart.
Sargent Machine Company sales literature: Brochure and spec sheet discuss Model 12, Model 34, Junior and Scout crawler dragline, cable shovel, clamshell crane, crawler crane, truck crane and truck dragline, lowboy trailer and dragline bucket. Junior brochure includes testimonial from Fred Grundon. Comparative spec sheet discusses unidentified competitor and Sargent 5/8 yard (Junior?) cable excavator. Photocopied price page discusses dragline bucket.
Folder 3: Sargent Engineering Corporation, c. 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Sargent Engineering Corporation sales literature: Spec sheet, crane rating chart and cover letter discuss HT8425 and HT8440 Hydra-Tower truck hydraulic crane.


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