A piece of Galion history was recently activated by an avid collector.

The video titled “Starting and running a 1930 Galion International Motor Roller” is uploaded by the channel “EquipmentWorld”. The video features vintage-equipment collector Robert Dahs demonstrating one of his favorite pieces, a 1930 Galion International Motor Roller. Despite its temperamental crank and heavy steel frame, Dahs appreciates this piece for its intactness and the fact that it never has a flat tire.

The 1930 Galion is a rare find as most of the old Galion rollers were scrapped for metal during World War II. The ones that remain are usually missing the planer blade and scarifier. However, Dahs’ Galion is completely intact, even including the old canvas canopy and the exhaust pipe with the Galion plaque on it.

The video was filmed at the Historical Construction Equipment Association’s annual convention in September 2022 in Bowling Green. Dahs demonstrates how to crank the Galion and how it runs. The video was uploaded on May 26, 2023, and has a duration of 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Please note that the video does not have subtitles as the creator has disabled them.

For more information, you can visit the video link here.

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