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Barber-Greene Company (1917-1987) | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: Barber-Greene Company (1917-1987)

Historical Note:

Barber-Greene was founded in 1917 in Aurora, Illinois. It developed one of the first self-propelled, free-traveling asphalt pavers in 1934, and acquired Smith Engineering Works (Collection 519), maker of Telsmith crushers, in 1960.

Astec Industries (Collection 349) acquired Barber-Greene in 1987. Astec’s Roadtec line of pavers was derived from Barber-Greene’s. Astec sold the Barber-Greene paver line to Caterpillar, Inc. (Collection 228), which continued to use the Barber-Greene name through at least 1998. Literature published by Cat for Barber-Greene machines is listed under Barber-Greene.

As of fall 2006, Five Star Industries (Collection 3093) built the Weiler line of road wideners and windrow elevators based on designs developed by Barber-Green Company.

Model nomenclature:

Barber-Greene used a 300-series for all conveyors, 500-series for bucket loaders, 700-series for trenchers and 800-series for all asphalt products until c. the mid-1950s. Afterward, conveyors were in a PS-series, trenchers in a TA-series, and pavers in an SA, then an SB series. Paver designations changed again c. 1985, when the 200 series was introduced.

Serial number nomenclature:

The model number was the prefix for all serial numbers. Initially, this was followed by a one-digit or two-digit numeral that is believed to be a lot number. A date code, consisting of the last two numbers of the year of manufacture, replaced the earlier number for the years c. 1947 through c. 1954. After 1954, an “X” followed the model number. The serial number itself followed the prefix. In some instances, the date numerals were used as a suffix. Serial numbers were not common between models.

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