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A Swedish front-end loader which can be supplied with a range of telescopic arms to match the loader to a particular job is to be marketed later this year by Lawrence Edwards and Co. (Engineers) Ltd.
Three sets of arms can be supplied for this loader, called the Multi-Quickie. Two have facilities to extend the reach to 10, 11 or 12ft and the third is a rigid assembly for carrying attachments such as scrapers and snow ploughs. One of the extensible sets of arms can be fitted with hydraulically operated attachments and the other is for mechanically operated units.
If used where only a short reach is wanted the arms can be adjusted so that when lowered the attachment is closer to the front of the tractor. The arms are adjusted by lowering the loader to the ground and withdrawing two locking pins from each side. The tractor is moved forwards or backwards, according to the setting required.
A wide range of buckets, forks and other attachments will be available.
Marketed by: Lawrence Edwards and Co.
(Engineers) Ltd., Stourport Road, Kidderminster, Worcs.
Price: About £230 basic.
A range of small rider-operated fork-lift trucks has been announced by L. Lipton Ltd. They are battery powered and known as the Lipton Mk. 7. The range comprises models with lift capacities ranging between .5 and 1.5 tons and single rear-wheel steering gives a turning radius of 44.5in.
Coupled with small physical size and low overall height the small turning radius makes the range ideal for work in narrow-aisled warehouses, stockrooms and confined manufacturing premises.
The truck has a three-stage mast, and its overall height with the mast lowered is sufficiently small to allow it to pass through a normal-sized factory or warehouse doorway. Models can be supplied with lift heights in excess of 16ft.
The widest truck in the range the 1.5 ton model—measures only 3ft 2in and has a height with mast lowered of less than 6ft 10in. This vehicle will handle 3ft 4in by 4ft pallets in an aisle width of only 9ft 3in. A 2.2 Kw direct-drive motor which supplies the motive power is said to be capable of withstanding severe overloads and its power is transmitted to the rear wheels via three pedal-operated gears in forward or reverse. An important safety feature in the form of a mast tilt angle of 2deg to the front and 8deg to the rear has been incorporated to insure against loads slipping.
Lipton offers full part-exchange facilities, a comprehensive range of spare parts and an extensive after-sales service backed by a network of eight depots in key cities throughout Great Britain.
Made by: Lipton's Fork Truck Centre, Pier Road, North Feltham Trading Estate, Feltham, Middx.
Uniflo, a motor oil being introduced by Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd., gives—it is claimed—in one grade, the advantages of low oil consumption of a 20W/50 oil, plus the cold starting characteristics of a 10W oil. It is suitable for use in diesel and petrol engines and its viscosity stability, it is said, makes it usable as lubricant for transmissions normally filled with an SAE 90 grade.
Uniflo has been developed to meet all specified and anticipated requirements of British vehicle manufacturers for several years to come.
Tests by the makers are reported to have recorded mileages per pint of more than twice those of a 20W/40 reference oil, and about twice those of a 20W/50 oil. The low temperature and cold cranking performance meets the intended new SAE 10W requirement. Available from: Esso and Cleveland service stations, commencing July 17. Price 3s 5d per pint.
Heavy-duty workshop ramps suitable for vehicles of 2.5 to 10 tons unladen weight are announced by Joseph Westwood and Co. Ltd. Ramps of a greater load-carrying capacity can be made to order.
The Westwood heavy duty, all-steel ramp is of extremely robust and rigid construction and is supplied in easily assembled sections which can be dismantled and re-sited if required. The ramps have, in certain cases, proved acceptable as MoT Secondary Testing Equipment.
Delivery of the standard models can be made from stock and galvanized finish is an optional extra. Prices range from £155.
A general-purpose adhesive called Spectrabond which will fulfil a wide range of industrial applications is announced by Spectra Chemicals Ltd.
It is applied by brush or scraper and only contact of the two dried surfaces is necessary to form a strong bond which is waterproof, permanent and elastic, no clamps, presses or heat being required. It is claimed to be suitable for bonding aluminium, stainless steel, galva nixed sheeting and other metals, plastics laminates, building board, glass, hardboard, cement products, glass-fibre, rubber, felt, fabric and leather. Spectrabond has a good shelf life and is easy to use.
A technical data sheet will be sent on request from Spectra Chemicals Ltd., Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Price: £2 12s gal; 14s 6c1 quart.
Designed primarily but not exclusively for use with the Brierley range of twist drill grinding machines, the latest Brierley grinding wheel balancer is capable of accepting wheels up to Sin, in diameter. It incorporates hardened steel round ways, for which plastics protectors are provided when the unit is not in use, and a built-in spirit level with screw thread levelling device.
Balancing is carried out by placing the wheels on an arbor resting across the balancer ways. The complete unit is supplied boxed and includes a gin. arbor.
Marketed by: Z. Brierley Ltd., Queen's Road Works, Llandudno, North Wales.
East Europe handbook
Detailed information about motoring in Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, Turkey, the USSR and Yugoslavia is contained in the 1968/69 edition of the Automobile Association's Eastern Europe Handbook.
Traffic regulations and road advice for the 11 countries are now grouped together in one complete section for easier reference, and for the first time there is a full list of circulation and Customs formalities for drivers operating in Eastern Europe.
Country-by-country sections together with hotels, motels and garages are included. A 17-page atlas section shows through-routes, main roads, motorways and road numbers.
The handbook is issued free to members as part of the AA's Five-Star Travel Service; otherwise it costs 7s 6d from any AA office.
Getting around in the Highlands A new series of comprehensive transport guides to their region has been produced by the Highlands and Islands Development Board, 6 Castle Wynd, Inverness.
As well as full information about bus, train,
ship, ferry and plane services in the Board's area for the period June-September, they contain general notes about places of interest.
The range of seven pocket-size guides covers Orkney and Shetland: Caithness and Sutherland; Inverness-shire and Easter Ross; Skye and Approaches; the Outer Hebrides; Mull; Oban and Fort William; and South Argyll. They cost 10d each including postage or 5s for the whole series.