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)
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 - http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5141385.pdf 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) ?
|SF 122||Loader||7 were fitted to Roadless Ploughmaster 65 to build the Roadless 700 in 1968-72|
|SF 160/180||Excavator Loader||built from 196 ? to ?|
|SF 170/180||Excavator Loader|
|SF 800||Backactor||Tractor mounted, with PTO powered pump.|
|Shawne-Poole trailer||Dump trailer]]||Tractor mounted fixed coupling|
A few examples of Steelfab excavators still in existence;
|The founder of the Steelfab owners group, Julian Carder's Steelfab 160/180machine is shown on the right.|
|A Roadless 700 fitted with the SF 122 loader has also been preserved. This machine was shown at the Roadless 90 Event.|
|Steelfab SF170 owned by ? of ?|
|Please add any more known machines here||Add a photo here|
An owners group has been started by Julian, with over 50 members.
I am trying to find the whereabouts of the Steelfab 170/180 posted by user:Wallabi60, can anyone help me?
References / sources
- The Roadless Story, by Stuart Gibbard, p120
- Classic Construction Plant & Machinery Magazine Issue 1, p16