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Roughneck Skiploader

Roughneck Skiploader

Following the introduction of the Roughneck 2000 Excavator into the market in 1984, it was soon realised that there was a need for a small machine to work with it and transport the soil/spoil it generated to skips or whatever.

Work started on the design of the Roughneck Skiploader Micro Dumper and the production model was introduced to the market in January at Hirex 1985 in Wembley. The machine was subject to patent number GB 2169576 (B)

Initially introduced as a three wheeled machine with a 5hp Honda engine it progressed to an 8hp Honda engine (Model SL8) still with three wheels.

Roughneck skiploader 3 wheeler

To give better traction and stability it was up-rated to four wheels (model RTD) with 8hp and 11hp Honda engines driving a gear pump powering two Rexroth hydraulic motors. Later on this machine was marketed by Blackwood Hodge in Northampton under the Chieftain banner (Model SL52)

Roughneck Skiploader

This little machine was capable of moving 500kg of spoil and ejecting it into a skip or truck and could if needed negotiate narrow access (800mm) by moving the front telescoping axles in. It was made self trailering by fitting a three piece kit to the chassis.

The Skiploader was the first high lift mini/micro loader/dumper in the market and is the forerunner of the Cosarda Engineering/Samurai, Powerfab/Neuson, Peljob, Terex, Thwaites, JCB etc machines that have since entered the market.

Roughneck Skiploader - original sales literature

Roughneck Skiploader Mark 1 three wheeler brochure

Roughneck Skiploader Mark 2 RTD 4 wheeler brochure

Roughneck Skiploader Article

I am very grateful to Wayne Tempany for supplying all the information and literature for this page.