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The Termite was designed and built in Scotland by T. J. Products Company Ltd who were based at Unit 5, Castlehill Industrial Estate, Carluke, ML8 5BN.
According to online company records, this company was incorporated on 10/10/1984 but in February 1987 Liquidators were appointed. This would suggest that it only traded for a couple of years. The company was set up by Thomas McIlwain and James Sneddon who both stated their occupation as Engineer. "T J" was obviously their initials. The Chairman was Malcolm David Kelly but it doesn't look as if he had an engineering role within the business.
The short life of the company might account for the Termite being one of the less-well-known towable diggers from the 1980's. The Alfasud shown in the brochure towing the digger is "Y" registration and looks quite new so that would suggest the photo was taken in 1983 or thereabouts and as with so many publicity shots the digger is probably the proto-type or an early model.
The Termite was fitted as standard with a Honda G300 7HP engine. Diesel and electric motor options were also offered.
Thanks to Adrian we now have a copy of the original Termite Excavator brochure
The Termite below belongs to another Jim who acquired it in 2011. In the picture, you can see the engine has been removed and that is why the digger is tipped up. I have only heard from two Termite owners since the website was started.
Jim P's Termite digger just after it was delivered to his house. The engine has been removed temporarily.
The Termite has a removable tow bar.
The Termite's hydraulic controls.
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