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Towable digger, excavator and backhoe website. Features Fleming Micron, Powerfab, Mantis, Benford, Roughneck, Gopher, Smalley, Tow-hoe, Standard Muscleman, Termite, Mitchell Cotts, Mini Gigant, Baromix, Euromach, Bronco, homemade and other small diggers. Links to current manufacturers such as Groupe-FCM and suppliers of plans for the Ground Hawg Homebuilt Backhoe and CDP Excavator. Includes other plant and mechanical information, Digger Bucket Page, Plant Photo Gallery, Dumper Restoration Project and useful links for Digger Spares and Repairs. Extra information and pictures to add to the site always appreciated. Also includes a section dedicated to preserving information about Johnson Machinery Limited.

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Anthony emailed these photo's of his Thwaites dumper digger

Thwaites dumper digger

The Thwaites dumper digger has quite a lot of digging power

Colin is seen here putting his Smalley digger to good use. He's clearing a site ready for building a station for his railway!

Dig-It towable digger of 1990's era. Thanks to Bob for the photo.

Smalley 5

Smalley 5 looking rather sad in a field! Photo by Michael

I spotted this old Ford wheel digger the other day. It's still being used and was fitted with an 18" bucket.

Geoff emailed this picture of his Priestman Cub Mark 6 which he has spent 2 years restoring.

Robbie emailed these pictures of his early 1970s T30 1.5ton caterpillar forklift

Cat forklift

The forklift is looking good after its refurbishment a few years ago.

Can anyone identify Dave's dumper please?


Is it a Benford?


The dumper can rotate its skip which was quite a revolutionary idea in the early 1960's

Dumper with petter PH2

Daves dumper has a Petter 2 cylinder engine and Dowty hydraulics

1923 Rapier crane which is being restored by Robin in Australia

Rapier crane

The crane is looking very nice after a new coat of paint.