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O & K excavator | Winch dumper | Case 580 | Ford digger | Dumper | Thwaites | Kubota

O and K Swing Shovel

O and K swing shovel (360 degree excavator) spotted in a quarry.  It hadn't moved for a while.

The O and K swing shovel. The Deutz air-cooled engine was in fair condition.

O and K Excavator

There wasn't much left of the poor old O&K excavator's cab or controls. 

Unidentified dumper converted to a mobile winch. Used for pulling fishing boats up the beach. The sea water has rotted it to bits. The scrapman can't be far away now.

The big rock

"The big rock". Found in our garden during a bit of digging. It was so big it wouldn't fit in the front bucket of my neighbour Gordon's Case 580 wheel digger.

Gordon pushed "the big rock" away to his place where he used it as part of a dry-stone retaining wall.

This old Ford wheel digger had been rusting in a field for well over 10 years. The scissor jacks mean it's a 13/6 (as far as I know). The back actor and cab were missing.

Ford 13/6 loader

This type of Ford is an old favourite of mine as it was the first type of digger I watched working when I was a boy. Number plate dates machine to 1972 or thereabouts.

Old 2 wheel drive Petter powered dumper looking a bit sad in the corner of a car park.

A larger 4 wheel drive, artic steer Thwaites dumper seen not far from the little one to the left.

Kubota mini digger with steel tracks. Hasn't moved for years and must have something terminal wrong with it.