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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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Duncan sent these interesting pictures of a "digger graveyard" he found

Scrap diggers






plant machines


International crawler




Samsung excavator

Samsung excavator

Don from South Africa is pictured here with one of his Crab Mini Excavators that he builds

Crab Mini excavator

This Crab has been used to build a dam in South Africa. If you want to find out more about this machine see http://www.mini-excavator.co.za/

Peter emailed these great pictures taken in 1964 of him driving what he recalled was a Whitlock digger. Julian has kindly confirmed that it is a Whitlock DozaLoader fitted with a Shawnee Scout excavator made under licence by Steelfab at Cardiff

Whitlock Digger

The Whitlock had a distinctive high loader tower with a cross member in the line of the driver's sight.

Wayne emailed these interesting pictures of the Yeti track system. It was built in 1984 by 4X4 Developments Ltd, Dento, Northampton. The designer was Peter Sullivan. (Source: http://www.unusuallocomotion.com/ accessed 19/02/13)

Yeti Landrover

It was very effective but looked rather cumbersome. The tracks could be locked so that the vehicle could climb out on the points of each triangle if the tracks lost adhesion!.

Yeti dumper

Here's the same Yeti system fitted to what looks to me like a Winget 2S dumper.

I spotted this old JCB 2 or 2B whilst out on a walk in June 2013