No Cake for Motor Grader Retiring after 49 Years

The City of LaGrange, Ga., figures it has gotten its money's worth out of a Cat motor grader that has been working there since brand new in 1964.

“When I came to work here in 1985 there were still seven miles of dirt streets,” said David Brown, public works director. “The motor grader was used to keep those streets smooth and passable. It has also been used in the fine grading of construction projects, at the landfill, and snow and ice removal since I came to work here.”

The grader worked the landfill until 2007 when the transmission died, and the cost to repair it outweighed its value.

The city council voted to declare the motor grader "surplus," along with a list of other items, and sell it on a government website.

(more on LaGrange's elder grader . . . )