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Steelfab SF 170 Digger-Loader Diesel

Steelfab brochure

An old publicity photo for the SF180

The firm of Steel Fabricators Ltd was based in Cardiff, Wales. Like other engineering firms they looked to diversify, and the building of excavators was one idea, as at the time there was a boom in post war house building. The company was wound up in 1998


A more detailed history needed, Can you help (see below)

Steelfab Shawnee-Poole FD750 Gooseneck Trailer on a 4x4 County tractor

The company was the UK licensee for the Horn-draulic loaders for tractors and the Shawnee Digger a detachable backhoe for tractors.

The company had patents for a quick hitch system in the UK and the USA - The Steelfab Company also built Shawnee Poole Trailers Under licence from the Designs owner in the USA. A lot of these were coupled to Four-wheel drive County tractors.

(did Steelfab supply them complete or just build the trailers and the dealers / customer fit them together) ?

Model range

Model type Photo notes
SF 122 Loader Roadless 700 - DSC00511.jpg 7 were fitted to Roadless Ploughmaster 65 to build the Roadless 700 in 1968-72[1]
SF 160/180 Excavator Loader 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images built from 196 ? to ?
SF 170/180 Excavator Loader 4893504252.jpg
SF 700 Backactor 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images
SF 800 Backactor 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images Tractor mounted, with PTO powered pump.
Shawne-Poole trailer Dump trailer]] Shawnee Pooler dumper.jpg Tractor mounted fixed coupling


A few examples of Steelfab excavators still in existence;

Description Photo
The founder of the Steelfab owners group, Julian Carder's Steelfab 160/180machine is shown on the right. Scan0005.jpg
A Roadless 700 fitted with the SF 122 loader has also been preserved. This machine was shown at the Roadless 90 Event. Roadless 700 - DSC00511.jpg
Steelfab SF170 owned by ? of ? 4811251027.jpg
Please add any more known machines here Add a photo here

Owners Club

An owners group has been started by Julian, with over 50 members.[2]

Dear readers,

I am in the process of writing a book about the history of Steelfab (Cardiff) and would be most grateful for any information about the company or its products you may have. You can email me at

Look forward to hearing from you

regards Julian Tel: 07989 589784

February 2009

I am trying to find the whereabouts of the Steelfab 170/180 posted by user:Wallabi60, can anyone help me?

See also

References / sources

  1. The Roadless Story, by Stuart Gibbard, p120
  2. Classic Construction Plant & Machinery Magazine Issue 1, p16

External links

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