thomas. Excavator. May 23rd , 2018.
Melroe was purchased by Clark Equipment Company in 1969 and then by Ingersoll-Rand in 1995. In 2007 Ingersoll Rand sold Clark Equipment Company to the Doosan Group of Korea along with the rest of its construction equipment group. The Clark Equipment Company now does business as Bobcat Company. Bobcat Company owns worldwide trademark registrations for its "Bobcat" name5 which only accurately refers to equipment manufactured by Bobcat Company.
The Kellers uncle an equipment dealer for the Melroe Manufacturing Company based in Gwinner ND suggested that Melroe market the machines resulting in Melroe inviting the Kellers to exhibit at the 1958 Minnesota State Fair. Melroe introduced the four-wheeled M400 model "Skid-Steer Loader" in 1960 and began using "Bobcat" as a trade name for such products in 1962 on the 440-model loader. Les Melroe and advertising agent Lynn Bickett settled on the "Bobcat" name while exchanging name ideas during a drive between Minneapolis and Gwinner. Bickett and Sylvan Melroe developed the "tough quick and agile" slogan used in advertising the early loaders.
Excavators (hydraulic) are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom dipper (or stick) bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the "house".1 The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often mistakenly called power shovels. All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors.2 Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators which use winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements.
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