Kenworth Log skidder

Kenworth Skidder
Kenworth 200 Skidder
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Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder
Kenworth skidder

Like many a startup company Westfall came up short on money to make their product a success and ultimately sold out to Paccar (formerly known as Pacific Car and Foundry) and better known for their Carco winches and Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. Here, however, straight in from a collector in New Zealand is a photo of a nicely restored Kenworth log skidder, which so far as I can determine is a Westfall Performer sold under the Kenworth name. I have been told that Westfall got in a financial squeeze and sold out to Kenworth who shut the company down fairly quickly.

The lower batch of photos arrived my way in 2010 of a working model Kenworth 200 located in Sayword, BC, Canada. It has a Gearmatic 119 winch on it plus the hydraulic winch on the back of the canopy for raising the boom. It is serial # 318 built in 1962. The current owner reported owning in since 1971. The blade is a Bucyrus Erie likely from an IH Dozer. I would assume that the Gearmatic 119 is not original as I doubt they were made in 1962.

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Kenworth Skidder

What is less than clear to this writer is how many or for how long Kenworth sold these machines. Paccar was also noted for their winches and through the Dart division also for a line of log stackers which were sold in competition with Wagner stackers and LeTourneau stackers.

Industry scuttlebutt is that Kenworth had a particular advantage in the heavy equipment market because their foundry had the capability of making the giant axle housings necessary for these monster machines. Apparently at this time your local Walmart didn't stock giant axle housings.

Be that as it may, Kenworth didn't turn their ability to cast giant axle housings into market dominance at least for big yellow toys.

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