Thomas Smith & Sons (Rodley) Ltd was formed in 1918, The firm originating in the Village of Rodley, Leeds in Yorkshire. The Firm were a builder of Steam Cranes for Railways and Quaries, before going on to build Diesel engined excavators and cranes, and eventually Lorry mounted Latice jib cranes.
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The Company started in 1820 when a firm of millwrights was started by Jeremiah Balmforth, David Smith, and Jeremiah Booth in the village of Rodley. The company progressed to making Stone cutting machinery & winches. By 1840 most of the equipment being made was cranes. These being of various capacities from 1/2 ton to 10 ton, hand operated machines. They built there first steam crane in 1860. By 1861 David Smiths Son Thomas had taken control. The company was run as a partnership with his sons till he died in 1902, with the sons incorporating the company in 1918, as Thomas Smith & sons (Rodley) Ltd.
- 1887 Build 1st excavator, of a steam crane fited with a shovel attachment.
- 1894 Build an Electric crane.
- 1887-1893 Contract to supply 5 & 10 ton cranes to Manchester ship canal builders "Thomas A Walker.
- 1900 Build a trencher machine designed by Jubb from Manchester. Built on a 3 Ton Steam crane.
- 1978 taken over by the NEI group who owned a number of related engineering and construction machinery businesses, before the 1980s recession forced the closure or disposal of a number of them.
- Smith 1/3 yd. (1930)
- Smith 1/2 Yd.
- Smith 1/4 Yd. (1934)
- Smith Tree-Twelve. (1935)
- Smith Four-Fourteen. (1935)
- Smith Five-Twenty. (1935)
- Smith Two-ten (1935)
- Smith Seven
- Smith No.8 (eight)
- Smith No.10 (super-ten)(1946)
- Smith No.12 (19?
- Smith No.14 (1960)
- Smith No.21 (1946)
- Smith No.26 (1960)
- Smith no.28 (1970)
- Smith No.40 (1968)
- Smith E4000 Excavator
- Smith C4046 crane
- Smith C4050 crane
- Smith Eurocrane 25C
- Smith Eurocrane 35C
A few examples of Smiths cranes and excavators are in preservation including;
- A Smith No. 8 (photo above) at the Vintage Excavator Trust museum in Cumbria.
- A Smith T10 ME of Buckley Crane Hire - VUG 175 on Atkinson chassis.(photo above)
- A Smith 14 crane parked at Andrew Beaulahs yard.
- Smith steam crane sn 9087/1917 ? as WD2528 at the Berlin Tecnical Museum
- Smith steam crane sn 9511/1920 ? 10T Capacity on 4+4 Wheel bogies Mexico City Museum
- Please add any other examples in preservation to this list
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References / sourcesEdit
- Interesting Dutch Fan site - note - In Dutch, (but some good pictures)