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Diesel Footpath Roller - A.H. McDonald, 'Super Diesel', Model LD, 1965 Object Reg. No: ST 044301

2-ton 3-wheeled Model LD Super Diesel footpath roller (serial no. 4007LD) manufactured by A.H. McDonald & Co., Richmond, Victoria in about 1965. It is fitted with a SPI-type 4 horsepower 800 RPM single-cylinder horizontal 4-stroke pressure injection compression ignition engine with two solid flywheels and double dry-plate clutch quick-reversing mechanism. The LD was the last of a line of diesel powered footpath rollers starting with the CL in 1938 and progressing to the SL in 1950. The LD was introduced in 1960 and production ceased in 1969 after about 760 of all three types had been built. This type of small roller was used for footpaths and other areas with confined space and was popular with councils, contractors and public works bodies. One example was also sold to Mt Isa Mines Ltd. in 1950 and McDonald Imperial rollers have been used at the Adelaide Oval for many years to prepare cricket pitches for the summer season.

This LD roller was restored at Jaques Engineering in Richmond following their acquisition of A.H. McDonald & Co. in 1969 and was donated to the Museum in 1998.
3-wheeled Model LD Super Diesel footpath roller painted green, with yellow trim.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Construction Equipment Division (CED) (formerly McDonald-Jaques), 1998
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2000 mm (Height), 1500 mm (Width), 3000 mm (Length)
Weight: 2000 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: road rollers, rollers, diesel engines, road paving machinery, 4019 le
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Road Making & Maintenance
Tertiary Classification: diesel road rollers
Model Name/Number: LD
Manufacturer: A.H. McDonald & Co Pty Ltd Imperial Engine Works, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, circa 1965
Restorer: Jaques Limited, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1998-1999

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