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Frank G. Hough Company

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The Frank G. Hough Company, known for the Hough brand, was one of the first prominent manufacturers of wheel loaders.[1]

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Hough's first wheel loader came to market in 1939. It operated with a gravity powered latch mechanism. Over the next decade, Hough introduced numerous innovations. In 1941, Hough released the world's first wheel loader with hydraulically-operated arms. In 1944, they released the first wheel loader with hydraulically-actuated bucket tilt, which allowed operators to tilt the bucket while approaching a pile of dirt to obtain a full load, a common practice today. Three years later, in 1947, Hough released the world's first hydraulic four-wheel drive wheel loader. And in 1950, Hough released the first wheel loader with planetary axles, a torque converter, and a powershift transmission.[2]

In 1952, the Frank G. Hough Company was sold to the International Harvester Company. For the next 30 years, International Harvester would produce wheel loaders under the Hough brand name. In 1982, the International Harvester Company was acquired by Dresser Industries. Dresser elected to discontinue the Hough brand. Dresser would eventually merge with Komatsu in 1988, forming the Komatsu Dresser Company.[3]

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[edit] References

  1. Haddock, Keith. Giant Earthmovers. MBI Publishing: 1998.
  2. Haddock, Keith. Giant Earthmovers. MBI Publishing: 1998.
  3. Haddock, Keith. Giant Earthmovers. MBI Publishing: 1998.