Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

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1947. Mobile Crane.
September 1947.
1968 apple box transporter
JD 2017 Stanhay2.jpg

of Ashford

1854 Company founded.

1948 Public company.

1961 Motor, agricultural and electrical engineers, manufacturing agricultural equipment, including "Stanhay" precision seed drill, hoists and tractor toolbars for home and export market. 340 employees.[1]

Photos show a curious vehicle built in 1968 specifically to pick up six apple boxes from orchards and transport them (at up to 45 mph!). Powered by a 2.6 litre Land Rover petrol engine. Land Rover transmission. Having straddled the specially-shaped boxes, the whole chassis is raised hydraulically. Retired from active service after 40 years, it is now privately owned in Somerset.

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