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1976 CHASESIDE A80 4WD Dumptruck

A 1960s Chaseside Dumper Diesel

The Chaseside Engineering Company Ltd company was based at Blackburn in Lancashire England and they built some of the earliest loaders and cranes all based on Fordson farm tractors. The company was founded in Middlsex in 1937. The firm also made the Northrop tractor an early UK built high horsepower Four-wheel drive tractor which effectivly became the Muir-Hill range when its inventor/designer moved companies.

Chaseside was sold out to JCB in 1968, and the brand name was soon dropped.


The company was founded in 1937 from a small factory at Enfield in Middlesex making several tractor parts for domestic loader and tractor manufacturers. They introduced a earl cable operated loader and a crane based on the Fordson Major tractor. By 19? Chaseside needed to find another new factory to accommodate the expanding business and some production moved north to the Station Road site in Hertford where they operated from a much larger premises. This allowed Chaseside to expand their model range and launched a new batch of loaders, new cranes and for the first time dumptrucks a new concept Chaseside were developing on. The MD was a Gordon Jackson in the late 1950s / early 1960s.

They merged with British Northrop in 195? a cotton mill loom manufacture who had spare foundry capacity as the UK mill industry declined and looked to diversify. Chaseside needed investment to fund new model production and relocated manufacturing to the Northrop factory in Blackburn Lancashire. Most of the workforce stayed in the south and found new jobs.

They introduced the 4-wd Northrop tractor under design engineer David J. B.Brown who latter went on to work for Muir-Hill and then founded ADT maker Artix, which later sold out to Caterpillar Inc.

Chaseside were taken over by JCB in 1968 for their seven model loading shovel range. JCB paid a reputed fee of £100,000 for the work-in progress, intellectual property, stock, tooling and order book etc. The production of Northrop tractors stopped, with JCB putting the last 2 to work on their farm estate.

Loading Shovel Production transferred to Rocester, Staffordshire in 1969, with production of other machines all being dropped.

JCB went onto develop a new range of Loading shovels in 1971 with the 400 series of 413, 415 & 418 models (see JCB for details and more information after this period).

Model RangeEdit

JCB re-badged the machines in 1969 following transfer of production to JCB at Rocester.

Preserved MachinesEdit

There are a few of the early fordson based machines restored and on the Rally circuit.

Chaseside Crane at Belvoir Castle 2008

Chaseside Crane at Belvoir Castle Rally 2008

Chaseside shovel unrestored

An Unrestored Chaseside shovel at GDSF 2008 on loader duty with a crusher

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An Unrestored Chaseside 2 ton Crane based on a Fordson E1A Major tractor seen in 2009


The company obtained a number of patents related to the design of wheeled loaders and other plant designed by David J. B.Brown as cheif engineer.

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