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Uni Horse Tractor | Conveyancer Fork Lift | Thwaites Nimbus | Powerfab | Thwaites Nimline | Rapier Crane

Peter is using this 1966 Uni Horse horticultural tractor in France. It now has a modern engine. The original was a BSA side valve which is currently awaiting restoration.

Conveyancer TC7G4 forklift belonging to another Peter. He would like to know more about this machine please.

Conveyancer forklift

The Conveyancer has a petrol engine (looks Japanese to me) which runs on Propane

Conveyancer fork truck

The plate in the cab states Conveyancer Limited. Any info would be welcome

Thwaites Nimbus dumper which is located in Germany. Thanks to Markus for the pictures.

Thwaites dumper

The Nimbus has a Petter engine and a long starting handle to reach through from the back of the dumper.

Thwaites dumper

You can find more information about the Thwaites Nimbus in the Plant Discussion Group

John emailed these pictures of his Powerfab 360W digger and Thwaites Nimline dumper being put to good use

Here the Thwaites is loaded up with concrete showing that these old machines are still capable of useful work. Thanks to John for the pictures.

Thomas sent in these pictures of his dumper which has steering box problems. Anyone recognise it?


Rear view of the dumper

Dumper steering box

The steering box is of the ball bearing type and has failed due to lack of oil

Rapier yard cranes photographed by Duncan. He says "the one on the left still works". The words cast into the counterweight say that the crane can lift 6 tonnes. Note the solid rubber tyres.