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Powerfab excavator kits, 2017 style

Digger Blogger | 10:31, Thu July 20 2017

I am sure many readers will remember David John and his Powerfab micro excavators, made in Wales. Well, I am happy to report that his son Nathan John has been in touch with news of an updated modification of his father’s old designs.

“I have recently built a small 360 micro excavator that has a removable powerpack,” he writes, “allowing the light (250 kg) excavator to be easily lifted from the bottom of a basement conversion.  Many people are considering a basement conversion, or basement extension, excavating below ground to gain space from a basement. Powerfab now offer this in the form of its micro 360 excavator.”

The new Powerfab 360 is available as a kit from £3,500. Nathan says it just takes a few days with a spanner and a hammer for the customer to assemble the machine on site.

He adds: “During the 1980s and ’90s I worked alongside my father David John, the CEO of former Powerfab Ltd and this is an improvement on one of his models. Redesigned with an engine of twice the HP, I have also modified the slewing hub and strengthened the machines digging arm.  The removable hydraulic powerpack complete with oil cooler of course offers added capabilities.”

Here’s the spec sheet:

Maximum digging depth


Maximum dump height


Bucket breakout force


Machine dimensions L/W/H





Honda Petrol

Engine power






Powerpack weight

58 kg


88 db

Folding roll bar




Self-trailering axles

Rubber suspension


And here’s the video. As you’ll see, its somewhat rough and ready from an aesthetic perspective, but there are some cunningly neat ideas within it.






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This article was published on 20/07/2017 (last updated on 20/07/2017).