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Dumper | Glonet Engine | Johnson 2HG Dumper | Crane | Benford | Sea Plough | Homemade digger | Winget 2S dumper | Gearbox

Picture emailed by Dries from South Africa who contacted me asking for information about the Petter PH1 engine on the dumper he has restored. In the end he fitted a new engine.


This was a single cylinder "Glonet" diesel engine from India using an adapter-plate mounted to the original gearbox. Dries says "the glonet engine is a very good copy of the PH1".

More details about the Glonet engine can be found at http://www.glonet-india.com/main.htm

Johnson 2HG dumper belonging to Guy from Scotland. Has a Petter AVA engine, an old school chair for a seat and the original handbrake unlike my dumper.

Crane spotted by Andy on his holiday in Cyprus. Jean Michael from Belgium thinks it may be a P&H MITI-MITE Model 90 like he used in the Belgian Army.

Here's my 1974 Benford concrete mixer ready for the journey  from East Devon to Cornwall.  My mate Andy in the picture looks pleased that I'm "taking away a bit more junk"! 

This unusual piece of plant is a sea plough used for burying undersea telephone cables. It's on display at Goonhilly Downs satellite earth station on the Lizard, Cornwall.

Sea Plough

Another view of the sea plough showing the large plough blade and huge digger bucket style tooth.

Anyone know anything about this unusual machine? It is fitted with a Bernard Moteurs vertical shaft engine Type 627 No E452913.  Any information welcomed by its new owner.

Winget 2S owned by Clive. Has a Petter PH1 Engine that wouldn't tick over.  After exchanging photographs we discovered there was a spring missing from the governor.

Clive is now sorting the sticking gearbox caused by a split seal round the gearstick letting water get in. .