Compact loader co-inventor dies

Bobcat has paid tribute to skid-steer loader co-inventor Louis Keller, who died on 11 July aged 87.

Louis and his brother Cyril invented their first loader, with two drive wheels and a rear caster, in 1957 for a turkey farmer near Minnesota.In 1958, the brothers were hired by the Melroe Manufacturing Company, which later became Bobcat.

In 1960 Louis added a rear drive axle to the design, which resulted in the M400 model - the world's first skid-steer loader.

Bobcat Americas and Oceania president Rich Goldsbury said: "We're saddened to learn about the passing of Louis Keller. The Keller brothers' drive to help make jobs easier for farmers helped launch the compact equipment industry and their contributions to Bobcat and the state of North Dakota will never be forgotten."


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