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For other uses, including people with surname Smalley, see Smalley (disambiguation).
Smalley Excavator at EM WD 2013 - IMG 8667

A classic Smalley excavator at work

Smalley is or was a brand of small backhoe excavator with two wheels on one axle. It had no drive to the wheels. To move, it hooked itself about using its backhoe. the rise of the more versatile Japanese built Mini excavator in the 1980s killed most of the market for these machines, except for a few specialist sectors were the traced undercarriage was a disadvantage.

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They were popular with Grave diggers as the legs allowed them to straddle adjacent plots. Other versions were mounted on pontoons for use in small rivers, ponds and canal cleaning operations.

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Surviving examplesEdit

Smalley excavator walking - IMG 8674

Smalley excavator being 'walked' on-site

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