Over the course of his lifetime, Perry Henderson built many large wooden models of construction equipment for his friends. This was one of two diesel electric front end loaders that he built which was retained by his family. (The other is in Africa.) Unfortunately, Perry passed away in 2007, but this model and two others were donated by the Henderson family. The wooden front end loader is articulated in the center and the bucket moves up and down and tilts as the wooden hydraulic cylinders slide. It was made from varnished but unpainted white pine. 

The 1/15.2 scale model front end loader is 42″-long, 12-1/2″-wide and 20-1/2″-tall to the top of the bucket. The original machine had a 22 cubic yard or 66,000 pound bucket capacity and a wheelbase of 19′.

Exhibit added: June 9, 2010 - Last modified: May 3, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship