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Giant Bulldozer Stops Travelers In Their Tracks
I was driving to the World Ag Expo on busy highway 99 near Turlock, California when I spotted a sight that makes motorists pull to the side of the road, and grab their cameras. To an untrained eye, it looks like the worlds largest bulldozer, ready for major dirt-moving action. On closer inspection, visitors are truly surprised to discover that the 40 by 70-ft. long machine is actually a 1,700 sq. ft. office building.
  "My grandfather got this idea after seeing a huge tractor perched on a tower in Japan," says Dustin Logsdon, the third generation of his family to work for United Equipment. His father Mitch owns the business, which sells and rents heavy equipment.
  The oversize bulldozer replica looks authentic in nearly every detail. It's built to scale, two-and-a-half times larger than a D8 Cat. The tracks, made of 3-in. thick planks, are 48 ft. long, nearly 12 ft. tall and 9 ft. wide. The 38 by 18-ft. tall dozer blade is a wooden frame covered in stucco. Hydraulic lift and tilt arms are made from large well casings. An air cleaner, exhaust pipe, the seat and lever controls are metal pieces painted black. The large heap of rocks and rubble piled in front of the dozer blade are real.
  Dustin Logsdon says the structure, which is 2 1/2 stories tall, took about seven months to build. Carpenters had to spend many hours jig-sawing pieces into replica sizes to complete the building exterior. Inside, the main level is devoted to a reception area and three offices. There's an entry door at the rear of the machine and a large patio door on the side.
  The second level Šengine compartment' is a conference room with a large picture window that looks out to the main highway. Space beneath the operator's seat is a separate office. The exterior foot well is an open deck that continues across the back side of the second story, screened from the road.
  "People all over know us by this building," says Logsdon, "and that's been a real selling point. We get visitors all the time just stopping in and we don't mind that at all."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dustin Logsdon, United Equipment Company, 600 W. Glenwood Ave., Turlock, Calif. 95381 (ph 209 632-9931; www.unitedequipmentcompany.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2