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    History of Champion Motor Graders

    Hey guys, I have been given some priceless pictures and brochures of the early years at Champion Road Machinery....actually it would have been DRMCO...Dominion Road Machinery. Some things have dates and some dont but regardless, you grader lovers will enjoy looking at some of this. I hope you enjoy and it creates lots of discussion. Its a lot of stuff so I'm going to try and put something new on here every week till I get it all.

    These pics are around the 1950's and 60's and are at the factory in Goderich, Ontario.
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    I remember seeing a picture very similar to that first airial view in one of the Alaska DOT Maintenance supervisor's office back in the 80s. Champion had just won another contact with the Alaska DOT for like 60 new graders. The pictured showed all the new machines lined up around the building getting ready to ship out, it was pretty impressive.

    Great pictures, very interesting!

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    Great pictures!!!

    In the first photo the graders haven't been badged yet. I would have thought back then it would have been painted on rather than a vinyl sticker like today.

    I like to look in the background, especially the pictures where workers are shown, OSHA would have a fit today!!! See all the safety hazards laying around on the floor!!!

    Off subject a little but the parking lot photo of the cars is very interesting!!!! One poor guy is driving a pretty old, pre-WWII car, I'm betting he's feeding a houseful of kids!!! Another guy is driving a VW Beetle, what a variety that is!!!
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    I was thinking about how great those old pictures were when it dawned on me that I ran one of those D models when it wasn't very old. Lord how the years go by! Thanks for posting them, they bring back some pretty good memories.
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    Nice picturs, 16 years ago I was visiting the factory and it was very intresting, especially to see how the graders wer made.

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    The parking lot pic was just too cool having the cars of that time in it. Plus the rail cars were all loaded with graders. The fenced part is now all building. Funny thing is that the parking in front of the building never improved too much up to the day they closed the doors there.
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    Maybe I should have posted this one first. Champion's roots go back to the late 1800's.
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    This one was 1928 and was the first fully Hydraulically Controlled grader.
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    very nice pictures, look forward to see more.
    but i have a question for you,
    i found a grader for sale on Machery trader that is a "cleveland D562" it looks like an older Champion. whats the deal with that?
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    Very interesting pictures. Thanks for taking the time to share them.
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    Really neat to see things like this.

    The parking lot photo above has to be in the 1960's. There is a 1960 Ford there, looks like a mid 1960 Olds too. VW Beetle there too from 50's or 60's.

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    To plowking740-

    It was way before my time as an operator, but if I remember correctly from my pile of old literature, once upon a time Champion graders were labeled Cleveland, or Cleveland- DRMCO. I think the DRMCO was short for Dominion Road Machinery. Could be wrong. Austin-Western from the same era was marketed as BLH Austin-Western. BLH for Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton. I think there was a lot of this going on in the 1960's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motor Grader View Post
    This one was 1928 and was the first fully Hydraulically Controlled grader.
    Look at the length of the moldboard on this old kid!!!!! Wow!!!!
    Richard

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    History of Champion Motorgraders

    Quote Originally Posted by Motor Grader View Post
    This one was 1928 and was the first fully Hydraulically Controlled grader.
    Thanks for the pictures and the time to shared it with us .
    With regards , Roel .

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