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Caterpillar's First Combine
By far the hottest new product at farm shows this fall has been Caterpillar's new combine. Huge crowds gather every time the company exhibits the German-built ma-chine.
But few people know this isn't the first time Cat has been in the combine business. Between 1886 and 1935, Caterpillar (and its predecessor companies) built combines. In 1925, the C.L. Best Trac- Cat's new combine at work. tor Co. and Holt Caterpillar Co. merged to form Cater-pillar Tractor Co. The company continued to make combines until the mid-1930's, when it sold its combine line in order to concentrate on its construction and mining businesses.

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6