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F. Taylor and Sons

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F Taylor & Sons tractor-based loader
Nameplate on tractor-based loader
October 1953.
1955. Jumbo joins Manchester Airport.

of Bolton Road, Salford. Had factories in Pendleton and Glazebury (1945).

They were best known for their snoop nosed crane the Jumbo, which was more a lifter than a crane. They were the first company to produce cranes with a slewing jib and with hydraulics.

1895 Company founded.

1938 Private company.

1945 Second works at Glazebury established. [1]

1946 Hydracrane. Based on an ex-army Morris transport vehicle with a strong 4 wheel drive chassis. It was powered by a 24 h.p petrol engine and had 5 forward gears and a reverse gear.

Onto this chassis they followed the original idea of a non-slewing jib with a simple hook raised and lowered by hydraulic rams. [2]

1947 Name changed.

1959 Steels Engineering Products took over F. Taylor and Sons of Manchester who had developed a totally hydraulic crane.

1959 Incorporated into Coles Cranes. [3]

1961 Belting and mobile crane manufacturers.

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