Historical Construction Equipment Association

Working to preserve the history of the construction equipment that shaped our world . . .


The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.

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 The HCEA is 
d to announce a new 2
0,000 square foot home for its National  Construction Equipment Museum.  
Click here for the full story on this very  important project and what you can do to help make it a reality.

September 16th-18th, National Construction Equipment Museum, Bowling Green, Ohio! 
Click here for more information!

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Welcome to our new and expanded website! You can learn about our organization and its activities, including our International Conventions and Old Equipment Expositions and the National Construction Equipment Museum and Archives. Our Forums offer venues for the buying and selling of equipment and parts, exchange of information and general discussion. You can also peruse Photo Galleries and hundreds of Links to websites pertaining to construction, mining and dredging history.


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Thanks to our Corporate Members and Media Partners!


Corporate Members are businesses that have committed to support the HCEA through dues of $500 per year. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Corporate Members page. Information on becoming a Corporate Member is available here.


Media Partners are publishers and publications in the industry trade press who have committed to help publicize the HCEA through such means as donated advertising space, running press releases, and linking us to their websites. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Media Partners page. To participate in this program, contact us.


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Membership and Chapters


HCEA Members enjoy a subscription to Equipment Echoes, our quarterly magazine covering the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries. Our Chapters form the backbone our our organization and serve to unite members locally.

2015 Convention a Success!


The HCEA’s 30th Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition was held at the Rock River Thresheree near Edgerton, Wisconsin, September 4th through 7th, 2016. Approximately 200 construction machines were documented, including several exceedingly rare or unique pieces, and the show was well attended. Special recognition goes out to Bob and Lisa Stewart for hosting a superb banquet. Full coverage of the show will appear in the Winter issue of our magazine, Equipment Echoes.

2014 DVD Available


Speaking of shows, the DVD for the 2014 Convention is available. You can order it from our online store

Welcome to our newest Corporate Members!

Fisher Contracting Company was established in 1957 and is a heavy/highway civil contractor headquartered in Midland, Michigan, and Franklin, Kentucky. It performs site development, landfills, underground utilities, road construction/reconstruction, demolition, and environmental remediation for a variety of federal, state, municipal and private clients in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and other surrounding states. Fisher Contracting is a proud member of the Fisher Companies, which is comprised of eight separate Fisher Family-owned companies.

Welcome, Fisher Contracting, and thank you for your support!  Visit our Corporate Membership page for more information on this program! 


Otis Shovel Model Available!



The HCEA has launched a new line of custom scale models of historic construction equipment, and our first is as historic as they come: A 1/10 scale model of the Otis Steam Shovel, the machine that started it all in 1835. This is a limited-edition model, with only 70 being produced. It is available with manual operation by cranks for $4,500. (Please note that the air-powered, electronic servo drive option has been discontinued.) See our online store for details and ordering information.


HCEA Scholarship Available!


The HCEA is continuing to solicit applications for our engineering and construction management scholarships. Click here for more information and an application.


More Machines Donated

The National Construction Equipment Museum has received two more machines.

One is a fully restored 1947 Cat 7U series D4 equipped with a Trackson T4 cable Traxcavator. We already have a D2 with a T2 Traxcavator, but this larger counterpart was simply too nice to pass up. Our thanks to Corporate Member Fisher Contracting Company of Midland, Michigan, for donating both this beautiful machine and its transportation to the Museum! 

The other is an unrestored but operational 1964 Cat No. 12E motor grader donated by the estate of deceased member James Womack. As with the Traxcavator, we already had a No. 12, but it dates from 1940 and requires work. This machine gives the Museum a badly needed grader that is both working and powerful. Thanks to the Womack Trust for this donation!

View an updated Museum equipment list, and images of the machines in our collection.

Equipment World Magazine launches Model Mania

Equipment World Magazine, a Media Partner of the HCEA, has launched a web page dedicated to collectors of construction toys and models. it's called Model Mania; have a look at it!

New Tractor Website Launched!

Roger Amato has launched a new website devoted to all types of older crawlers and dozers at www.classicdozers.com. The website with a banner picture of two dozers at the 2009 HCEA International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition, contains photo galleries with hundreds of pictures of crawlers, dozers, wheel dozers, and tracked loaders of all American manufacturers. Read more!


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