Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders: Born in a Turkey Barn
In 1960, the more familiar four-wheeled M400 was introduced, and skid loaders quickly went from poultry barns to practically everywhere. They're called skid steers because the wheels don't turn to steer. Instead, the wheels on each side rotate at different speeds, which causes a skid.
Graco: A Chilly Inspiration
The company produced its first paint pump in 1948 and developed the airless sprayer in 1957. This tool revolutionized exterior painting and made Graco a name familiar to every pro painter and many a DIYer. Today Graco makes equipment for a wide range of industries. Its products pump fluids into cars, apply foam insulation to walls and dispense composite resins into molds?they even pump tomato sauce onto pizzas.
Ames Tools: Older Than the U.S.
President Lincoln personally asked Oakes Ames (son of Captain Ames) to supply shovels for the Union cause during the Civil War. During WWII, Ames produced armored tank plating, shell casings and 11 million of those familiar folding entrenching tools. In 1928, Ames shovels proved themselves invaluable on Richard E. Byrd's expedition to the South Pole. Now, after 240 years, you'll still find Ames shovels anywhere DIYers dig.