An Allis-Chalmers movie

Allis-Chalmers was a leading US manufacturer whose machines we have profiled extensively in our Classic Machines columns.  A-C construction equipment dominated global sales of tractors, scrapers and loaders for many years- its New Zealand agent was  CablePrice. This clip, entitled ‘The Challenge of Excellence’ is a promotional piece filmed on 16mm footage in the 1960s,…

The Double Act- Excavators on Sumner Road

Contractors are busy clearing debris from around the Sumner Road that runs from Lyttleton to Christchurch via Evans Pass.  The Road has been shut to traffic since the 2011 Quakes. Some ingenuity goes a long way in these circumstances.  Road crews from Button Logging have been using a 3- tonne excavator, tethered by a cable…