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In 1957, after a merger with American Tractor Corp it appeared as if Case burst onto the construction equipment scene with such fanfare that it may have seemed to be a completely new venture. Actually, since its 1869 entry into the steam engine business, the company had been building machines for "non-agricultural" or construction purposes. Construction Equipment
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In 1876 Case began to build steam traction engines. Local and state governments were among the first to purchase these steam powered rollers and tractor engines, along with road drags, dump wagons, rock crushers, graders and scrapers , for use in early highway construction work.
left Case advertisement for it's steam powered road roller.
right Model Case CI with a pre hydraulic loader. Case advertised a line of industrial tractors in the 1930's, but they were little more than Farm Tractors with small changes like tires.
 

 
 
 

  In the 1920's, Case developed its own CI and LI (the "I" meant Industrial). The nation's industries found many different applications for these tractors, so Case expanded the line, establishing a separate "industrial" department. These industrial units were agricultural models modified for factory and warehouse use, though their primary application still was on America's highways. Solid rubber tires (in 1919) protected road surfaces from excessive weight.

Construction Equipment During the 1930's Case was the number three tractor manufacturer behind International harvester and John Deere. Like, John Deere, Case still hadn’t built a crawler or Dozer of their own.
left  Case factory photo of a Case model CI industrial tractor pulling A heavy duty construction equipment trailer with a Case C fitted with a Trackson track-type adaptations. Several third party vendors manufactured track-type adaptations for the tractor market. Trackson, Ajax and Roadless were among the more common names used by Case. The C industrial model with tracks was referred to in Case Model CD.
By 1932, the Case industrial tractors had found a place in many industries besides street and highway work, they also could be seen in the nation's forests and parks and at work around our rivers and harbors. Contractors employed them in excavating, grading and other construction tasks. The company now made CI and LI graders and sold All sorts of "pull-behind" and power take-off (PTO) equipment. Case catalogues offered a wide range of equipment including mounted snow plows, fork lifts, sweepers, cranes, mowers, winches, compressors, welders, hoists, shovels and dozers.
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Case was called to supply tractors to the allied war effort. The experience Case acquired in modifying basic units for particular needs served it well in producing specialized tractors for the military during World War II. As a result, the firm was able to achieve design advances in industrial equipment That had proved impossible in the agricultural area due to wartime production restrictions. The Payoff came at the end of 1947 when the Industrial Division was formed.
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The Division's first project was to design an industrial loader. This power loader tractor (Models 30, 40 and 50) consisted of a hydraulic front end loader mounted on the SI, DI, VAI or LAI, and sold as a complete unit. The Case power loader was an innovation in industrial equipment. Previously, other machines and their attachments were built separately, to be assembled by the customer. Tractor dealers ordered "will fit" implements such as loaders or backhoes; these came with "kits," which were little more than burlap bags "filled with nuts, bolts and attachment devices without instructions." One dealer recalled taking up to a week to install a backhoe on a tractor — through trial and error — at considerable expense.
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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Work on the wheel loader began before negotiations began with American Tractor Corp. The first 4 wheel drive W9 appeared in 1958
 

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1957 Case released the new Case 310 Crawler One of the assets American Tractor Corp brought to Case was its small line of crawler tractors and, more important, the machine that was arguably the most significant ever built by the company —the loader backhoe.

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First announced in 1960 the Case 530 tractor "Standard Tread" was the base tractor of the extremely popular 530 Construction King. The tractor offered the advantages of the 530 Construction King for drawbar applications. It was a popular tractor for pulling rollers, tampers, scrapers, trailers, and similar construction equipment
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