The history of Caterpillar is all about doing: creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. Enjoy the ingenious machines from our rich heritage, and more importantly, the people who founded and built the company one breakthrough at a time. Beginning with Benjamin Holt and C. L. Best, the people of Caterpillar have always been – and continue to be – extraordinary.
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1968 - Caterpillar did not intend to begin building hydraulic hoses; but had a need that was best satisfied by going into the hose business itself. The XT hose was strong and flexible and solved the problem of rupture during peak pressures and couplings that did not grip the hose tightly enough to avoid complete blow off.