Hardhat History: This 1940s Allis-Chalmers HD5 Crawler Tractor Sales Video Is Great


Hardhat History: This 1940s Allis-Chalmers HD5 Crawler Tractor Sales Video Is Great

It sounds weird to say but as we have seen cars evolve from the 1940s through today, many of the same things that have happened in cars have happened with heavy equipment. This 1940s Allis-Chalmers HD5 Crawler Tractor Sales Video does a good job of illustrating that. The stuff today is more complex, outside of the headlights, this tractor has nothing electrical. Stuff today is largely safer, as cool as the open cab operator position is here if one of these rolls over, the operator is doomed. Stuff today has swelled up in size as well. Now, yes there are perhaps more options to pick from in terms of what size you need your machine to be, but the HD5 represented kind of the largest swath of equipment most people needed. Not too big and not too small.

As all these old films are want to do, we see the machine doing a load of different jobs. From acting as a log skidder in the mountains to doing snow work in the city, light construction, moving coal, effectively everything that the marketing department could dream up.

I’d like to have one of these bad boys to fire up and play around with. Between the Detroit Diesel power and the bucket to scoop stuff with, I’d have a blast.

Press play below to see this awesome 1940s sales film for the Allis-Chalmers HD5


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One thought on “Hardhat History: This 1940s Allis-Chalmers HD5 Crawler Tractor Sales Video Is Great

  1. david

    My Dad has one
    It is as easy to use as a Tonka toy and is perfect for small farm or home with some acres
    The only thing is you can find one dirt cheap but transport could be more than the tractor unless you have your own HD hauling capacity–If it is going to one place and stay there it is well worth it if you can locate one
    They are fantastic machines
    And….if you roll it over you had no business on a piece of equipment period

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