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Companies had been putting backhoes on farm tractors with loaders for some time, but the backhoes were lightweight and the tractors were not intended to take the stress a hydraulic backhoe could dish out. No one had made a wheel tractor specifically designed for the backhoe, and it was not until Case introduced the Model 320 (industrial) Loader/Backhoe in February 1957 that such a unit became available. Construction Equipment
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top Prior to 1957 Backhoes and Loader where sold as separate units.. The Davis Company Backhoe / Loader demonstrate the attachment mindset. The company introduced such “firsts” as “step-in” loader design, box frame construction and revolving backhoe seat.


right Introduced in 1957 with great fan fair the Case 320 backhoe consisted of the Case 300 agricultural tractor chassis with a new torque converter designed in Racine, Case's agricultural-grade loader, and the American Tractor Company (ATC) backhoe.

bottom A 1958 Advertisement for the Davis backhoe and loader company, Despite being under Massey-Ferguson Industrial Division umbrella the ad states “ For All Tractor Types”. In 1968 J.I. Case Co would purchase Davis Mfg. Co that same year Case purchased Drott Mfg. Co.

 
 
 

Case Backhoe Beginnings
Mergers and buy outs continued into the 1950’s. At the time Case bought American Tractor Company (ATC) manufacturer of construction equipment and the Terratrac crawler line, Ferguson had just merged with Massey creating Massey Ferguson. These mergers often left the farm equipment dealers worried that they would lose their franchises.

  A number of dealers who sold American Tractor Company (ATC) Construction Equipment also sold Ferguson Farm Equipment Many of these equipment dealers attended the big equipment show that was being held for the Case people in the parking lot of American Tractor Company (ATC). The Case men brought their own equipment down to display for ATC. At this show a group of ATC people were looking at a Case 300 tractor, and they decided the ATC backhoe would fit well on it. That night they took the Case tractor into the shop and “jury rigged” by attaching the ATC backhoe to it. Their idea was not greeted with enthusiasm. They were told they had “mangled” the Case tractor. The Case people insisted that the Case 300 had never been built to withstand the strain a backhoe would put on it. When, the man responsible for the conversation, was asked why he had done it he replied, “If you’re going to have a merger make it a real merger and create an entire new line of products.
 

right Case center fold of a 1957 sales brochure. Case also announced the Case-o-matic transmission Click on image to enlarge

In 1957 Case Announced it's tractor line that boosted 12 power classes and 124 models. Releasing the first integrated backhoe loader promised the dealer a 12 months a year product line.
Backhoe
A Star Is Born Case Construction King
In 1960 Case introduced the 30 Series Construction King and an extensive line of matching equipment. A very popular machine was the 530 Utility tractor and a matching backhoe. The usual practice at that time was to also include a heavy duty front end loader, but these machines could be purchased as a `backhoe special' model. Instead of the front end loader, a special box-section frame terminated in a front counterweight box. Production of the 430 and 530 models ran from 1960 to 1967.
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TERRATRAC CRAWLER
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In 1956 Case decide to enter the Crawler Dozer market and merged with American Tractor Company. ATC offered dozers with many feature others didn't offer. 3 point Hydraulic lift system, Interchangeable Gauges, Interchangeable Steel and Rubber Track Shoes
Case and ATC Merger
Case Merger with ATC placed the company firmly into the construction market.While some of the Terratrac crawlers went into agricultural service, the majority were destined to a life of construction work. In addition to single applications like dozer or bucket work, the Terratrac was adapted to forklift and backhoe duties. From these beginnings came the current line of Case construction machinery.
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