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What Am I for Tuesday 3/27/12
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By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Monday, March 26, 2012 1:51 PM
Not the best angle, which makes this pic perfect for the WAI ! Photo from Eric Reiber.
By ppsyclone - Monday, March 26, 2012 1:53 PM
By Don MacKenzie - Monday, March 26, 2012 2:05 PM
I believe Brian has it. FEDERAL
By clyde318 - Monday, March 26, 2012 2:29 PM
Yep. Federal. 99 and 99/100ths percent sure.
By Jack Amaral - Monday, March 26, 2012 2:31 PM
By Autocarjim - Monday, March 26, 2012 3:35 PM
By Gordon_M - Monday, March 26, 2012 7:51 PM
Truck 5 - 6 ton 4 x 4 Autocar U8144 pontoon tractor or van chassis with a grab crane dropped on the back.

Too big for a U7144T
By MrCat - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:44 AM
No idea on the truck, but I know what Hopto means. Hydraulic Operated Power Take Off. Made by Warner and Swasey, the same company that made Gradall.
By Warren Richardson - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:11 PM
Federal - I think it's the 4x4 military version - 4 to 5 ton model 94x43 with Hercules RXC engine
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:31 PM
Brian has this 1st, Warren has all the pertinent info, and Mike Pacitto knows what Hopto means - I didn't ! This truck is a 1941-43 Federal 94x43 4 to 5 ton 4x4. Federal, Autocar, and White all built 4-5 ton 4x4 tractors for the armed forces during the War. The Autocar U7144T and White 444 were identical. The Federal however, although similar looking, had a unique look with a rounded, sloping grille and the Federal cab. All 3 models had the same drivetrain with a Hercules 529 ci HXC six cylinder developing 112 hp. Thanks to Eric Reiber for these photos; the b&w is from my files.
By Bruce Ohnstad - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:32 PM
Hopto started in Winona, MN as an atatchment backhoe for tractors. The company is the Badger Construction Equipment and brand name was Hopto. They did modestly well ahead of the big tractor makers and soon Hopto was making backhoes for trucks and all kinds of machines. There was even a Hopto backhoe for the steer end of a Michigan front loader.

Badger Hopto was early in tracked hydraulic hoes, going up to 5 cubic yards. Badger then started making telescoping boom excavators. Warner Swasey, which owned Gradall, bought Badger in the late 1960s and tried to merge the service departments of both brands of telescoping excavators. To my knowledge the manufacturing and engineering were separate. The two divisions carried on until Warner Swasey sold Badger (and maybe Gradall too.)

Some 15 years later I worked there and there was an amazing rivalry with Gradall to that day. I could tweak my supervisor (whom I got along with) by bringing it up, or on a given day just sit back and watch his face turn red on his own recollecting the Gradall competition....

By fearlessfred - Monday, September 07, 2015 9:06 AM
1941-1943 Federal with Warner Swasey built Hopto backhoe. A member spotted it in Goldfield, Nv. Aug. '15 & I went up from Commiefornia to see it, located owner, made deal for $600, gave $100 down payment. We loaded it on 8 wheel trailer just before Labor Day '15 with 3,000# chain pull com-a-long, paid balance, and hauled it behind 2013 Ram 3500 4x4 with 6.7 Cummins turbo diesel P/U. YES!!!! This is the same truck that is in the picture!!!! What a find!!!! I am so thrilled & plan to restore it completely. It will work & be seen in parades as well. After restoration, its new home will be Tonopah, Nv.
Thanks for the pictures on this web site. Fred Kerpsie
By fearlessfred - Monday, September 07, 2015 9:12 AM
Eric Reiber did photos & I ended up buying the truck!!! Yeh!!! Please read my repy on this fabulous find. Fred Kerpsie
By fearlessfred - Wednesday, September 09, 2015 8:17 AM
I spotted it by way of a member friend who showed it to me. Sure enough, it is the same truck as in the pictures & I bought it in Goldfield , Nevada Sept. 2015. Please reply. Fred Kerpsie
By junkmandan - Thursday, September 10, 2015 3:54 AM
Good find ...............and great price !
By Jeff Lakaszcyck - Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:13 PM
Fred, congratulations on your Federal. It is nice to hear a happy ending. It looks like you have a nice solid piece there. Please keep us posted on your progress.