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Caterpillar D2

Caterpillar D2
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Type agricultural
Manufacturer Caterpillar
Production 1938-1957
Weight 7420-8536 lbs.
Propulsion tracks
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Caterpillar D2 is a tractor manufactured by Caterpillar. It was introduced in 1938[1] and was the smallest diesel powered track-type tractor manufactured by Caterpillar.[2]


The Caterpillar D2 was manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. in the factory that was located in Peoria, Illinois, USA. It stopped being manufactured in the year of 1957. The base frame of this model of tractor is a crawler. The weight of the Caterpillar D2 ranges from about 7420 to 8536 pounds depending upon the year it was manufactured. There are 5 forward gears and 1 reverse gear.[3] Caterpillar manufactured a total of 26,454 D2 model tractors. Caterpillar began manufacturing new tractors, including the D2 model, in response to the "New Deal" programs that were initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt to stimulate America's economy.[4]

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Caterpillar D2 compact crawler tractor (built from 1938–1957) at the Belvoir Castle Steam Festival 2007, Belvoir Castle, England

See also


  1. ^ Haycraft, William R. Yellow Steel: The Story of the Earthmoving Equipment Industry. University of Illinois Press, 2002 p. 65.
  2. ^ Orleman, Eric C. Caterpillar. MBI Publishing Company, 2006. p. 37.
  3. ^ "Caterpillar D2 1938 - 1957". Tractor Data. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Caterpillar® History - Page 10". Antique Caterpillar Machinery Club. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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