I’m not sure how I feel about these photos. While it was exciting to finally be able to explore the Luber Homes property they also represent the end of an era. Long time visitors probably recall a post the earlier days of this site regarding the expansive collection of old equipment right past the NYS Fair Grounds. If not, click here to visit. For as long as I have been alive these machines have been a welcome site. Not once did I pass by and not marvel at the collection while wondering what they looked like in their heyday. As you read these words no doubt some pieces have already been moved off property to their new homes. Soon there will be nothing but empty lot left behind and the Syracuse area will be just a tiny bit less intriguing.
Anyway, there were nine Terex scrapers (with one still wearing the Euclid nameplate) up for action this past Saturday. All but the two used as parts machines were operational in the fact their 12V71 Detroit Diesels fired up with a shot of starting fluid into the air breather. With all seven machines running you could hardly hear yourself think much less see the sun which was obscured by clouds of white smoke. I can hardly think of a place I’d rather be. But don’t take my word for it! I made a video.
By all accounts that rigs with the dual exhausts were the machines used ten years ago on a 20 million cubic yard job. And to go even further the auctioneers stated that twice a year factory representatives would show up and service the machines. As you know I rarely hang around for the bidding to start on these items. Simply too much screwing around on small crap. However, I can tell you through hearsay that the scrapers when for about 3,800 a piece. Will they be saved? I choose to believe yes.