Lost and Found – Heavy Equipment Spectacular

As far back as I can remember this heavy equipment has been parked in this same lot by the New York State Fair Grounds.  They never move.  There is quite a collection of vintage heavy equipment here.  Check out those pull behind scrapers that would attach to a bulldozer or tractor.  Very old school setup.  Between the lineup of Euclid scrapers and Cat dozers there is a fortune of steel just sitting by the side of the highway.  Other equipment seen include a very large Link-Belt excavator(not pictured), Drott wheel excavator and a Terex loaders.  Good stuff.  It’s hard to believe no one has placed an offer on this equipment.  Despite their age they are contained behind a well kept industrial building so they must mean something to someone.  Anyone have a clue on the status or story behind this equipment? Drop me a line if you do.

*UPDATE 2/6/2013*

I received an email the other day from Matt who uncovered the back story on these machines. At one time the Euclids and Cats belonged to DW Winkleman, a contractor responsible for building the local interstates. Upon completion of the contracts the machines were sold at auction. The current owner, Luber Homes, last used the equipment in 2007 to move 20 million yards of earth. According to Matt the gentleman who owns this equipment has plans to restore them all…someday.

Euclid Scrapers – Click to Enlarge

Cat Dozers – Click to Enlarge

Pull Scrapers – Click to Enlarge

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10 Responses to Lost and Found – Heavy Equipment Spectacular

  1. ROY STEELE says:

    those scrapers are old! I worked on a lot of euclid ts24 scrapers and still have a trailer with hundreds of new parts if anyone is looking.

  2. Dave says:

    wow..quite the collection…there is a similar bunch of this type of early heavy equipment in Utica N.Y. just off the side of route 5S …property falls between taft ave and East Broad st near the Utica/Frankfort N.Y. border

    not sure who exactly owns it as there are a few repair shops in that immediate area and also a crane company that also deals with some other heavy equipment jobs

  3. Joe says:

    Interesting research Eric. Those units have been there a LONG time.

    My older brothers worked for DW Winkleman during high school in 1970’s. Most of their work was concentrated at the old Winkleman estate and county club in Skaneateles on West Lake St. That beautiful old estate home burned (some say suspiciously) and was torn down by a developer back in the 1990’s. I think only the boat house remains.

    My brothers told me stories of driving Ford tractor/mowers all the way from Skaneateles to the Winkleman facilities in Syracuse and DeWitt. Imagine running a farm tractor on 690? That wouldn’t happen today. Last time I was in Syracuse one of the old Winkleman buildings by Teal Ave still stands…barely.

    • Eric says:

      The buildings are still there, you can still make out the Winkleman logo though heavily faded and nearly covered by graffiti. Luber Homes is closing up shop as we know it. The rumored auction date for the heavy equipment is late May of 2017.

  4. Mark Bickelhaupt says:

    I remember Winkleman Company. They built all the 4 lane highways around the Utica area during the early 1960’s. They had a large fleet silver colored Mack R series tandem drive tractors with Trailking bottom dump trailers. All of their truck fleet had the silver color. The bottom dumps and some of the Cat equipment was purchased the Santaro Corporation. And I think all their equipment was purchased by the company that moves the earth for Monster Jam in Syracuse.

    • Eric says:

      Yup, the Winkleman buildings still stand, barely, right along 690 between the Midler and Teal exits. Supposedly their is auction of the Luber equipment this May…stay tuned.

    • Joe says:

      Mark, I remember riding in Winkleman’s 1967 Ford F-600 with my brother back in the mid-1970’s and it was indeed silver. Only the F-700 they pulled the horse trailer with was red.

  5. Cody says:

    All of these machines we’re indeed sold. I’ve always noticed them since I was a kid and was surprised to see them gone. Sad to know I missed the auction, heard a few dodge power wagons were in the lot of sold equipment.

  6. Moni Brown says:

    Amazing blog. You shared useful information for everyone. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  7. Phil H says:

    Winkleman came to Sago WV in 1975 to do site preparation for a coal mine and coal prep plant. I ran an S24 scraper and a D9 on the project. It is the same mine that had an explosion in 2006 trapping 13 miners, only 1 survived.

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