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Ruston Bucyrus 22RB | 10RB | Gottwald AK680-3 | Baromix | Johnson Dumper | Thwaites | Rushworth Crane | Kubota KH 14

Bill also emailed this picture of a Ruston Bucyrus 22RB with 40ft boom, 15 tons capacity and Ruston 6YDA engine (75HP) and the 10RB to the right.

1949 Ruston Bucyrus 10RB. Originally a face shovel now has Jones KL44 35ft boom. Ruston & Hornsby 3VRH 34hp. Despite appearances, this crane is in full working order!

This Gottwald AK680-3 was working near Bill's place. He says "main boom here is I think 60 metre, capacity something over 1000 tonnes, took about 3 days to assemble!"

I've just scrapped this 1979 Baromix mixer. It has done me proud. I have used it extensively since 1990 when I bought it for £25. I now have a Benford diesel mixer.

Baromix Villiers engine

The Baromix had a Villiers petrol engine which I have retained to use on my Simplite pump. The mixer had the serial number 21000 and was made in Alcester, England.

Johnson 2HG dumper

Johnson 1 ton dumper with Petter AVA1 diesel rear wheel drive. Bill says "transmission is via a toothed rubber belt, a very modern idea when it was made."

Johnson 1 ton dumper

Rear view of the Johnson dumper. This one still has it's proper handbrake lever.

The Green/Rust dumper is a Thwaites Tasker 2 ton. Petter PH2 diesel. Needs a new steering box. Thanks to Bill for the photo.

Rushworth Bros hand operated railway crane pictured outside the old entrance to Luxulyan Quarry (now closed for some years).

Rushworth crane

Recently I had to go past Luxulyan and I went back to photograph the Rushworth crane again, only to find that it is now nearly completely grown in!

Kubota KH 14 mini digger with steel tracks. Belongs to Sean from the West of Ireland. He has just fitted a new hydraulic pump from White House Products to his digger.