|Kenworth Dart Log Stacker|
Featured here is the Dart log stacker. Elsewhere in the log loader section of this I have a page for the FWD Wagner stacker, and also a page for the LeTourneau stacker. It isn't hard to notice that the Kenworth Dart, and the FWD Wagner models are very similar. Indeed, I believe that they share axles (made by Kenworth). The real problem that the manufacturers have had with these products is that they made them so well that they produced themselves out of business. They are very expensive but of a simple design implying that they are a lot cheaper to refurbish, than to replace, thus we still see machines that are 50 years old in daily service.
In the gyrations of things it's sometimes interesting to know where things went. Unit Rig bought Dart Truck co. from Paccar in 1984. This was on the end of the early 1980's recession and production of the Dart stacker was apparently non-existent at that time, but as the story goes, Unit Rig got the drawings for the Dart Stacker as well as the 600 front loader and a 3 axle coal hauler. It is said that during 1985 Dart received one order, and produced one Dart stacker---the last one ever made. Dart production shut down during the bankrupty of Unit Rig's parent company, Kendavis, Inc in 1985/86 and Unit Rig was sold in 1987 to Terex who operated it as a parts only business. Since then Terex Mining went to Bucyrus-Erie which then went to Cat.