|M8 High-Speed Tractor|
M8E2 high speed tractor 1954
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||US Army|
|Produced||1950 to 1955|
|Weight||54,008 lbs (24.948 t)|
|Length||22ft (6.731 m)|
|Width||10ft 11in (3.327 m)|
|Height||10ft (3.048 m)|
|Crew||1 + 1|
|1 x 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun|
|Engine||Continental AOS-895-3 six-cylinder air-cooled petrol engine
863hp (644 kW)
|180 miles (290 km)|
|Speed||40 mph (64.4 km/h)|
The M8 is a full-track tractor based on the chassis of the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank. It was used to tow cargo trailers and artillery such as the Skysweeper 75 mm anti-aircraft gun and the M59 Long Tom gun. The basic M8 variant could be quickly adapted for carrying projectiles and charges. Unusually for a tractor, the M8's engine was located at the front of the cab. Some M8s were equipped with a hydraulic M5 dozer blade.
The M8 was developed following the failure of the T33 cargo-carrier, which was based on the M24 Chaffee light tank chassis. The new, standardized M8 was produced between 1950 and 1955.
- Trewhitt, Philip (1999). Armoured Fighting Vehicles. p 309: Dempsey-Parr. ISBN 1-84084-328-4.
- TM 9-7406
- SNL G266