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Stothert & Pitt Vibroll || Retirement to the Cricket Ground

By L&S Engineers 8 days ago 194 Views No comments

This week our post is about Stothert & Pitt, an engineering company from the late 1700's. You may recognise the part to the left as one we have showcased on our Facebook for the past month, and you may be wondering why we have included it in this post. This part is a gearbox case for the Stothert & Pitt tandem vibrating roller. As no-one got the correct answer this month there is no winner unfortunately, but we will be bringing out a brand new competition with a part you may just recognise very soon.

If you've heard of Stothert & Pitt you will know that if you were to go down to the Bristol docks you are likely to see their cranes still standing where they were once used for loading & unloading boats. The company was founded in 1785, and they are still known as an example of great British engineering. They became known for their Fairbairn Steam Crane which was built in 1878 (which is now the oldest surviving example of its type in Britain), and went on to build concrete mixers, multi-bucket excavators and more.

Though the company is synonymous with cranes they went on to build vibrating rollers that still adorn many cricket grounds across the country today. In their prime these rollers would have been used to compact roads / road making. Now in the rollers' retirement years they can be found on many cricket grounds used as a dead weight to roll the wickets to create perfect playing conditions. Both the 32R and 32RD tandem rollers were powered by vintage engines that we supply parts for today. The 32R model was powered by a Villiers Mk.40 engine and the 32RD model was powered by a Lister Engine although some had Royal Enfield engines fitted too.

With such build quality and the longevity of use, some people have even taken to upgrading their rollers, giving them new engines and a new life. Next time you're near a cricket ground keep an eye out because you may spot one!

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From the Old to the New || Trade Counter

By L&S Engineers 1 month ago 770 Views No comments

In our post last week we showcased the original L&S trade counter that still stands thirty two years after it was built. When we moved across the road two years ago we took the opportunity to to create a bigger and better counter for our customers. Our new trade counter stands at the heart of the business, along with the open plan design of the building you can really get a sense of the buzzing atmosphere as you walk in.

Though we've kept the same colour scheme, a lot has changed on our counter. More products, more space, and more people to help and serve you. Whether you're from a plant company or just passing by we have something for everyone. You wouldn't think it with the wide range of stock available but our counter houses only a fraction of our full range of products. Tens of thousands more parts and consumables are available immediately from our warehouse!

A View from the Mezzanine

A Trip Back in Time || Old Warehouse

By Haliena Brown 2 months ago 830 Views No comments

This week I had the opportunity of visiting our old stores, a short walk over the road which led to a trip back in time. As soon as you walk in you are transported back to a growing business suspended in time from a move that happened overnight. The desks still standing with old files, catalogues and photos stuck in a time warp from years ago. It would be easy to find yourself lost amongst forgotten items, old memories housed inside a building. When you walk around you can still feel the once buzzing atmosphere that would have filled the rooms, everyone would have been running around to fulfil the growing orders and demands of a business from it's humble beginnings.

Wiper Blades || Why and When you Should Change Them

2 months ago 570 Views No comments

The windscreen wipers on your car, van or commercial vehicle are very important in providing the driver with a clear view, quickly working to remove the obstructions, whether it being rain, snow or even sleet and dust. Taking the time to do a weekly assessment may avoid further damage to your windscreen glass. Replacing your glass is a much bigger cost than replacing your wiper blades.

Lifespans of windscreen wipers vary on the quality of the blade and the conditions they are put through. The lifespan of a wiper blade could be roughly 6 to 12 months and regular servicing should give the owner an idea when they are worn out and when it is appropriate to change them. Worn blades can eventually cause damage to the glass and may even cause an MOT servicing failure. Be sure to check your front and rear wiper blades for obvious signs of wear.

Firstly, streaking blades are a common sign that your wiper blades are due a replacement. This means that when using your wiper blades, there should be no streaks of water where the blade is not making contact with the glass, this happens as a result of the blade being damaged.

VW Van and Travelling the Country || 1970

By Haliena Brown 2 months ago 355 Views No comments

This week we're going to be looking at the times Alan + Wyn would spend in their van when they first started to grow as a business. As well as offering their services from the several buildings the company resided in they would often travel across the country to take their spare parts business to old and new customers.

The Stables Housing Horse Power || J.A.P Engines

By L&S Engineers 2 months ago 772 Views No comments

J. A Prestwich Industries (JAP), was an English manufacturing company founded in 1895. Alongside Villiers and Lister Petter they were a landmark in British Engineering . They began manufacturing aircraft, motorcar, and stationary engines. JAP engines can still be seen around the country at vintage rallies, with people still staying loyal to them building up there own vintage engine collection. This week we have an article from J.A Prestwich Industries LTD themselves. The article below is taken from J.A.P's handbook. In it's prime the J.A.P works was described as "the stables housing horse power, with quality and efficiency" an apt name for a company that continued to manufacture through two world wars!

If you're interested in seeing the whole booklet just let us know! Did you know we sell JAP some vintage industrial engine spares? Why not check it out, you may find something you need in our Vintage Engine Spares section.

​Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow || The Beginning

By L&S Engineers 3 months ago 2522 Views No comments

We're going all the way back to Little Aston Road in Aldridge, which if you've been following our journey is one of the first buildings the business was created from whilst Alan & Wyn were still working part time. When we first posted our story of the years spent in the 'hole in the wall' we had a few messages about memories from Little Aston Road. These sparked Wyn's memory, so we've got another story for you, the real beginnings of the company you could say, going all the way back to the 1950's.

'I Use Villiers Engines On My Farm' || Vintage Booklet

By L&S Engineers 3 months ago 294 Views No comments

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This week we have a vintage Villiers booklet, from the Villiers Engineering Co. on Martson Road Wolverhampton. To quote the book 'in the following pages are described some of the models in the Villiers range used largely for agricultural and dairy purposes.' As you may have seen from our previous blog Villiers had and still does have a big influence on the business! So we thought we'd share a few of the engines specifications by Villiers themselves. Make sure to check our our range of Vintage Engine Spares! We have Villiers, Jap & Lister Petter!

If you want to see more of our archives please do comment down below! We have alot of more interesting finds instore so make sure you're following us on social media to keep up to date with all the latest stories!

If you're interested in seeing the whole booklet drop us a comment and we will upload it to our document centre.

An Old Community and A Bonfire Night || Great Wyrley

By Wyn Lees 3 months ago 4577 Views No comments

This week we are back in Great Wyrley on Hazel Lane. L&S was just one of the many companies that worked on the Old Colliery site. There was a shared sense of community on there, and work often flowed between the business as one companies services would fill another's needs. This sense of community still exists for L&S. You will never be put through to a recorded line, if you call or message our team you will always be speaking direct to a person who will be more then happy to help.

Billy Goat Eats Anything || 1966

By L&S Engineers 3 months ago 2637 Views No comments

In 1966 a new vacuum was introduced into the UK market. An exciting new innovation from a new American company called Billy Goat. A name you may or may not have heard of. This new innovation was set to be an industry game changer, a vacuum like never before. This new product promised to cut cleaning and labour time, clean big areas fast, get to hard to reach places, pulverise leaves, gulp water down and more! This new product was exciting, as you can see from the 6 page advertisement below.

Billy Goat began in 1967 under Clipper manufacturing, they then became an independent company in 1969. They remained independent until 2015 when they were aquired by Briggs & Stratton Corp. They still continue to create innovative products today, with vacuums, lawnmowers and more. As you can probably see from the advert Billy Goat mission is to make their products exciting, thrilling and to 'take the chore out of chores.' They always strive to be innovative starting with their products all the way through to the advertisements.

This leaflet is from 1966 when Wyn was still working at Reliant Plant Services in Walsall Wood, meaning it's over 50 years old! Let us know if you want to see more vintage advertisements and handbooks we've got an archive full of booklets that may not have been seen for years! (Click the images to enlarge)