I came across this beauty a few days ago at the premises of Windsmere Stone & Granite Ltd on the Melksham Road out of Devizes. (These lovely and knowledgeable people have a really good selection of granite and marble worktops.) It was bought back in the late 1970’s and is now worth twice what they paid for it. It has lifted granite slabs daily for 40 years. Telescopic loaders changed materials handling, globally, for ever, and saved many a man’s back as well as speeded up so much in farming, construction and manufacturing. I met Jim Harrison, the first MD of JCB Handling Ltd back before this machine was born, at the initial launch, Well done Jim and JCB.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 19 August @18