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    I have purchased an antique caterpillar towable grader. It is not perfect, but is very useable. What I need to know does anyone know a website that will help me with this machine. I even have tne model number/machine no. D1984. There is also another tag on the grader that says motor trailsport shc 36-328. I will try to attach pictures to this post.

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    Hope this works.
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    Pretty interesting piece of equipment! How much tractor have you got to pull it with?? Looks like you have a kubota 28hp listed on your profile? What is the blade width on the grader? If you can, take some before and after pictures of the roadwork. Thanks.
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    i would give my first born for one of them..........
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    I think it was designed to be a 2 person operation. One driving the tractor and one operating the grader. Good find I hope you have enough tractor to use it.
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    Its actually supposed to be a 3 person operation: 1 on the tractor, 2 on the grader platform (Otherwise you get rumble strips). Look on YouTube for "vintage road grader" and "vintage mechanical grader".

    Wow, rubber tires on yours !
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    Default Re: antique towable road grader

    I found an Adams grader a couple of years ago at an auction, had to have it! lol We used it quite a bit one summer making a decent road on my buddy's acreage and it made a very nice job of it. We were fortunate in finding a brand new 8' grader blade at the recyclers and we bolted that on to the existing moldboard. That added a great deal of strength to it and extra weight too to make it cut (not to mention the wheel weights stowed on the turntable or the heavy jaw out of a rock crusher on the operators platform!) I'd hate to guesstimate the weight of it now! The previous owner had installed hydraulic cylinders in place of the two rod links so he could operate it from the tractor seat but we just used the original ones instead since the little Cockshutt 30 doesn't have hydraulics. What with the wear in the linkage and the extra weight of the blade it gives a guy quite a workout running it.

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    Default Re: antique towable road grader

    As a young man in the late 30's or so drove a small caterpillar pulling one of those or similar, but it had four steel wheels the way he described it.
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    This one used to have front wheels (as did mine years back). Great to have yours converted to hooking to the tractor drawbar as it will be much more versitile. Always had a mind to do the same with mine.

    The platform for the blade runner is only room for one (except I had my two small boys riding there with one for each height wheel). When they were pulled by horses, then there were adjusment levers up front too, over the front wheels, where the horse driver could also help. It was a two-man operation.

    Wrecked mine when someone was pulling it fast, and the bumps caused the blade to drop to the ground and bent things up.

    I see from the pics, that chains were used to hold the angle of the blade (I had to do that too when the adjusting pins on the quadrant wore out the rusted steel). For leveling a gravel road, they are priceless.
    From your request for more info, I wonder if you are going to try to find parts?

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    Default Re: antique towable road grader

    yes I have an l2800. It seems to pull it very well, but I need to modify the front hitching because it will hit the tractor when turning a sharp radius. I believe the rear axle has been modified because I have never seen one with rubber tires. what I am interested in is a website to look up a parts list/book to modify the broken parts/missing parts. It is still useable as is but wood like to fix up a little bit to make more comfortable to operate. Thanks for the kind words for my project.

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