Welcome to www.oilyhands.co.uk

Also known as www.diggers-dumpers-plant.co.uk and www.flamingskoda.com

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, JPB, Digger 50, 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer
Where can I get some extra buckets for my towable digger? Please see the Digger Buckets page of the website
Where can I get a flexible coupling to go between my engine and hydraulic pump? Try DJS Power or White House Products. Both of these companies are listed on the Spares and Repairs page.
What sort of Hydraulic Oil should I use in my digger? For Fleming Micron diggers please see the operators manual as the list is extensive.  The Powerfab, Mantis and Benford manuals all specify Shell Tellus V37 hydraulic fluid or equivalent.

The Roughneck used 32 grade mineral based hydraulic fluid, with 125 suction strainer in the reservoir and a 10 micron return line filter, which was a spin on canister. (Thanks to Wayne for this info)

Standard Muscleman (should also apply to Toe-Hoe)  the return filter is 10 micron and the element is a Parker R8-PG01993.The hydraulic fluid recommended in the manual is Filtrate Achilles EP32 light hydraulic oil. (Thanks to Pat for this information)

Gopher - The hydraulic oil for the Gopher is 22 litres of ISO 32 SAE 10W. Suction filter inside tank, main return filter 25 micron on top of tank. Thanks to John for this information.

The Euromach Jolly specifies IDROL 46.
Where can I buy a towable digger? Most of the towable diggers I see changing hands are on Ebay. This could result in some long distance travelling to go and view/collect. Having said that, I got my Fleming Micron digger without using Ebay. I put a wanted advert in Classic Plant and Machinery magazine which turned up a machine just 10 or so miles from home. I had quite a few other calls too from all over the country. The only other likely places are dispersal sales, auto/farm/plant trader or Freeads that type of thing. Have a good look on the website to familiarise yourself with the different types as there are a few con men out there who will tell you something is a Powerfab or whatever when in fact it's some piece of junk they want to flog!  Also read the Towable Digger v Mini Digger page because towable diggers do have their limitations and mini diggers with tracks are getting cheaper all the time.  Sometimes you can find a towable digger in the brambles
Where can I sell my towable digger? Selling is actually the opposite of buying so I don't really need to answer that one!
Are Powerfab, Fleming, Roughneck, Gopher, Tow-Hoe still in business? No. They are not. The only British manufacturer who is still trading is Smalley
How much is my XYZ digger worth? Unfortunately l don't know. It very much depends on condition etc. If you sell it on Ebay then the chances are it will reach its full potential.
Where can I get parts for my Roughneck Skiploader? As at 26/10/12 I am not aware of any suppliers for these parts. If you know of any, please let me know.