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The Thwaites Dumper || Manuals

By L&S Engineers 1 month ago 576 Views No comments
We've been through our archives again this week and found a few vintage Thwaites Dumper manuals! As our vintage manuals have been a hit in the past we have scanned all of them in so you can flip through them, they all include a spare parts list & even a manufacturers warranty (some of which remain intact in the books.) Click on the images to find out more.

Thwaites is a company that is synonymous for their production of high quality dumpers, originally founded in 1937 by Basil Thwaites as an Agricultural Engineering Company. The first Thwaites dumper was manufactured in 1951. A three wheeled machine, powered by a 6hp single cylinder Petter engine with a 10 CU Ft capacity. This machine was soon followed by a four wheeled dumper that was given the iconic name of "The Standard."

In 1954 the company became Thwaites Engineering Ltd when it dropped other areas of the business to focus on the growing popularity of dumpers. Thwaites dumpers were made to last, the fact that some are still being used today is proof that they stood the test of time! The dumpers were known for quality inside and out as Thwaites used the powerful and reliable Petter engines for their dumpers until the 1970/80's where they switched to Perkins, another well known brand.

Wyn found a selection of manuals for models including the Thwaites Jumbo dumper and the Orion! If you want to learn more about these dumpers then just click on the images to read the full manuals.

If flicking through these manuals has reminded you that you need a few spares for your dumper then head on over to our website to see our wide selection of dumper spares! Including dumper service parts, seats, mirrors and many more.

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Catalogues Through the Years || L&S Engineers

By Haliena Brown 2 months ago 117 Views No comments

With the digital release of our 2018 Plant Spares & Workshop Catalogues this week, we are looking back at some of the very first L&S catalogues.

You may have seen previously that the first piece of marketing for L&S was created whilst at Middlemore Lane, at this time Alan still worked at Tube Investments. A creative employee photographed the two water pump strainers and printed them on to a headed piece of paper.

The first promotional images, as you can see above, were simple sketches of the parts hand drawn by Alan! Before we used cameras or graphic design software this is how the business would advertise the manufactured parts. All sketches were clearly identifiable and you can see a resemblance of this style in our current exploded diagrams.

The first catalogues were produced whilst at Hazel Lane in Great Wyrley, all the way back in 1980! The catalogues were simple but full of the most popular products at the time. The drawings were a mixture of hand sketches and digital drawings. The catalogue was the first of it's type for L&S and was instantly recognisable & helpful for those who used it. Below you can see an image of the pump strainer featured on the front cover, this was a very popular part that was manufactured by Alan & Wyn.

When the product range expanded there was a need to create a brand new catalogue layout, similar to the design you can see today. This format has essentially stayed the same over the years, adding more products every year with gradual design improvements over time. The design is instantly recognisable as the L&S Catalogue. As you can see from the 1994 catalogue below the book started to be bound, meaning that the book was easier for the customer to use and find what they wanted. You can also see that the parts diagrams became more detailed. Due to the ever growing range of products, part numbers were also introduced to help identify the correct part when ordering.

Below you can see a familiar product featured in the 1994 catalogue, GT85 that we still sell today. With the bigger book came the opportunity to highlight more products and part descriptions became longer to include more information for the customer. As you can see from the front cover, the design has changed quite a bit over the years.

Flash forward to 2018 and you can see how the catalogues have moved forward (there's now two of them!). As you can see things have changed quite a bit! The images are all high quality and the parts are organised by machine or type. You may notice that there is still a likeness to the original catalogues, with the line drawings and clear lists of part numbers.

New, you can even search through the catalogues online, making it even easier to find everything you need. Click to view our new Plant Spares Catalogue or our Workshop Catalogue

2018 Plant Spares Catalogue

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Stothert & Pitt Vibroll || Retirement to the Cricket Ground

By L&S Engineers 2 months ago 391 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 3 months ago 897 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 4 months ago 967 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

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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 4 months ago 455 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 4 months ago 888 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 5 months ago 2606 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 5 months ago 442 Views No comments

7 Mar 2018 09:02:41

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!

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