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Mitchell Cotts Environmental digger

This is a very rare towable digger from the 1980's. I have only ever been contacted by one owner of this machine and have very little information about it apart from the sales literature and the pictures of Matt's digger below.

Mitchell Cotts digger

It was quite a good design with four fully adjustable hydraulic legs and full 360 degree slew. The design is much better than the Smalley (another 360 degree machine) and is a bit like the Powerfab 360w. The Mitchell Cotts had a separate trailer for moving on the road and was powered by a Honda petrol engine.

Mitchell Cotts excavator

Here's Matt's Mitchell Cotts digger loaded onto its trailer.

Mitchell Cotts Environmental

Mitchell Cotts trailer. At 1000kg I wonder if this trailer had brakes to be road legal?

Mitchell Cotts

Close up of the diggers controls. I like the handles to help you climb on and off the excavator.

Mitchell Cotts

The Mitchell Cotts up on its hydraulic legs. This would be great for loading from a loose stockpile but for trenching you would probably set the legs lower.

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Thanks to Matt for the pictures on this page and to Wayne for the original sales sheet

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