The Holt tractors were a range of continuous track haulers built by the Holt Manufacturing Company, which was named after Benjamin Holt.
Between 1908 and 1913, twenty-seven of the first 100 Holt caterpillar track-type tractors were used on the Los Angeles Aqueduct project, which provided a good proving ground for these machines.
They were most famously used by the British, French and American armies in World War I for hauling heavy artillery: including BL 9.2-inch howitzers and the BL 8-inch howitzer. By 1916 more than 1000 were in use by British and by the end of the war around 10,000 had been used.
There were at least two models used for military purposes: the Holt 75 and the Holt 120. The 120 horsepower (89 kW) model had a tiller-type steering wheel at the front that was usually covered. It weighed about 18,000 pounds (8,200 kg). The 75 hp model used two tracks for steering. It had a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) and had a gasoline engine.
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