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A few years ago a friend of my parents rang them up and asked them if I'd be interested in a 'dumper'. I literally couldn't get around there quickly enough. Imagine my surprise when I turned up to find this little beauty buried in a hedge under a tarpaulin. It's a Powerfab 180c, with the 11hp Honda petrol engine. As the name suggests it digs 180 degrees (actually slightly less due to the design of the slew), but due to the lack of a turntable it is much lower and more stable than a typical 1 ton minidigger (it weighs only 0.9 tons so is ideal for light towing vehicles). The hydraulics are pretty sluggish by modern standards but that makes it much less jerky to drive. It does have a dozer/levelling blade. Top speed is apparently slightly over 1.1mph. No idea when it was built but I reckon it was around 1990. The initials H.S.S stencilled under the seat suggest a previous history as a hire machine although it is far from clapped out (despite appearances). They were built by a company in Gwent, who are more famous for towable diggers, that came on non powered wheels which could be towed into position behind a small car or van.

It's been used for a bit of trenching, a fair amount of landscaping and for grubbing out tree roots. It really excels at the latter, it is so stable and has massive breakout power so roots don't really stand a chance. It's pretty good on fuel, you can manage 6 hours on a gallon of unleaded. Being a Honda it starts first time, every time.  

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I see a European tour forming, I'm sure free accommodation is available in France, here in Italy no problem, get those driving goggles on Warch. You do the maths, 11hp, 1mph, a few mountain passes. Could be the grand tour of the century, could even take a century. 

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That's kwal. In fact, it's the kind of thing most people would never ever need, but you'd have to have it just to find something to try it on.

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In my corner of the blasted wasteland that is Argyll & Bute there's one of these kind of things that is the 'village bike'; no-one wants it cluttering their drive but it's useful when the drains back up and the victorian that laid them skimped on rodding points. No fancy caterpillar tracks though, just wheels and anchor spikes. The last time I saw it the arm pivot bushes were proper fucked(and the pins too probably) as no bugger ever lubed them. Beats using a pickaxe and a shovel.

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1 hour ago, Aston Martin said:

Take it to Tesco and claim it's a mobility scooter.

The ditching bucket would easily accommodate my weekly purchases, plus the high seating position would allow me to access those high shelves without dismounting.

2 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

That's kwal. In fact, it's the kind of thing most people would never ever need, but you'd have to have it just to find something to try it on.

It especially appeals to me because I love scaled down machinery, especially small horticultural and groundscare tractors, and miniscule tracklayers. My absolute favourite are those tiny Ransomes crawlers they designed for market gardeners.

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Is the rear axle driven on these or is it still a 4x4? It is awesome incidentally, and one of the few vehicles that makes a Series Landrover look a bit effeminate.

The crane would be ideal for doing odd jobs, engine changes, shipbuilding you name it.

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Spotted in scenic Mid-Wales, a lovely but shite 50s or 60s International BTD6 crawler. These are absolute teeny little things. I was wondering about the broken track, presumably it happened there and it was parked up where it failed. 

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Spotted right outside my house, and making itself noisily apparent every night for a week was this awesome double cabbed rubber duck hedge trimmer thing. I was hoping it needed a double crew working in unison to drive it (like an Imperial AT AT) but I suspect it's required because of elf and safety and being able to see exactly what you're brutally destroying shit out of with that huge cutting head. Note the rail wheels, I'm assuming they're powered and driven by hydraulic motors. Not strictly shite but so interesting I felt it needed posting.

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On 8/23/2019 at 4:42 PM, warch said:

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Spotted in scenic Mid-Wales, a lovely but shite 50s or 60s International BTD6 crawler. These are absolute teeny little things. I was wondering about the broken track, presumably it happened there and it was parked up where it failed. 

That is so Cool, lovely little vehicles. Deserves to be saved.

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