Bill Haughland running a d7 3t

The McCleary family were originally dairy farmers by trade. In 1952 Dick McCleary was sent overseas for active duty. While overseas, Dick was part of the engineering division of the army that piloted new roadways in remote areas. Dick enjoyed it enough that he wrote back home to his father, Bert, and told  him that he no longer wanted to farm, but wanted to do dozer work. Shortly before Dick returned to the states Bert had gotten into a heated argument with the milk man, and at that moment Bert was done farming. The livestock was sold and when Dick returned he bought his first Caterpillar D6.


  cliff harker running a allis chalmers 260 rubber tire scraper

cliff harker running a allis chalmers 260 rubber tire scraper


The next big step for McCleary Excavating was transitioning to Aliss Chalmers 260 rubber tire scrapers. This greatly improved production over longer hauls. 

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Dick got his beginnings building ponds. Eventually McCleary Excavating graduated to larger dirt moving equipment. In the early years of the company the D7 3T with Allis Chalmers cable pull scrapers were the core of the dirt moving fleet.

  the third generation of mccleary excavating and current owner, tim mccleary

the third generation of mccleary excavating and current owner, tim mccleary

In the late 70's and early 80's the Aliss Chalmers were traded in for double engine Caterpillar 627 scrapers. McCleary Excavating still utilizes these scrapers to this day.


No you're not seeing things; those are palm trees! In 1984 Dick and Tim opened a branch of the business in Vero Beach, Florida. This branch continued to stay busy for over twenty years, eventually being sold to a local contractor.

My wife and I had been going to Vero for over 20 years. One day I got so bored I called my son and told him to bring me a piece of equipment.
— Dick McCleary
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Many years later and many millions of yards of dirt moved later, McCleary Excavating is still going strong. These last ten years have been extremely exciting with streamlining of automated GPS and unique equipment that continues to grow production. McCleary Excavating has been extremely blessed with amazing employees and customers over the years and look forward to many more!!!

Dick and tim mccleary making the first round with the MT450. Hauling dirt has come a long way from the d7 years.