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RB Cranes
Industry Heavy equipment
Headquarters Selston, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Products Cranes, spares, fabrication
Owner Delden CSE Ltd
Website RB Cranes [1]
Bedford truck fitted with Ruston-Bucyrus drilling rig, in Lixouri, Greece
Ruston-Bucyrus No4 front shovel of 1931 at Great Dorset Steam Fair 2008.
Ruston-Bucyrus 10-RB in the United Kingdom.

Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd was an engineering company established in 1930 and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby based in Lincoln, England and Bucyrus-Erie based in Bucyrus, Ohio, the latter of which had operational control[1] and into which the excavator manufacturing operation of Ruston and Hornsby was transferred. The Bucyrus company proper, from which the Bucyrus component of the Ruston-Bucyrus name was created, was an American company founded in 1880, in Bucyrus, Ohio.

During the Second World War, the company developed a trench cutting machine known by the code name Cultivator No. 6 at the behest of Winston Churchill.[2]

A limited company, Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd., was formed in 2005, by Paul and Frank Murray (Brothers) as Co-Directors. This has no ties to RB Cranes which holds all of the original machine information & drawings

Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd era[edit]

Gradually Universal Excavators designed by Bucyrus-Erie replaced Ruston and Hornsby designed models.[1] Ruston-Bucyrus built larger machines for the British market to Bucyrus-Erie designs. The Bucyrus-Monigan 5W was a top seller for export by Ruston-Bucyrus, thus they started building it. This was a walking dragline, with either Diesel or electric powered options.

The R-B International era[edit]

In 1985 Ruston Bucyrus was bought by its management, severing all links with Bucyrus-Erie resulting in the formation of 'R-B Lincoln', which became R-B International, a subsidiary of Lincoln Industries (part of The Heather Corporation Ltd).[1] Production of existing Ruston-Bucyrus designed cable excavator/crane models from the 22RB to the 71RB continued at the Lincoln factory with 'Improved Crane Dragline' versions also offered. From 1985 onwards all new machines carried the 'RB' name instead of 'Ruston-Bucyrus' and in 1987 a new mechanical/hydraulic powered 51–60 model developed from the 38-RB was offered for use as a crane or dragline excavator[1] In 1990 RB bought from its rival Priestman, the design and manufacturing rights to Priestman's Variable Counterbalance hydraulic/cable long reach excavator range and its extensive range of Grabs.

In 1992 RB introduced its CH series of fully hydraulic crane/dragline models with further models added in 1999. In 1996 R-B changed ownership in a buy-in management buy out[3] but in 2000 R-B International entered voluntary administration as a tough trading environment including a strong Pound and stiff competition from overseas competitors meant it could no longer continue as a going concern without a significant injection of capital.[4][5]

RB Cranes era[edit]

Having entered administration on 3 July 2000[5] and following unsuccessful attempts to sell the company to Daniel E. Davis, former president of Favelle Favco[6] R-B International was sold to Langley Holdings plc as a going-concern on 22 December 2000 and a new company 'RB Cranes Ltd' was created.

A day earlier on 21 December 2000, Langley Holdings plc had acquired the material-handling division of Rolls-Royce PLC which became the Clarke Chapman Group comprising Cowans Sheldon, RB Cranes, Stothert & Pitt, Wellman Booth as its principal subsidiary companies. In January 2001 Clarke Chapman ceased production at RB's Lincoln works with production transferred to facilities in Retford and Gainsborough. Following a rationalisation of the RB product line, as of 2008 RB continue to offer the CH40,CH50,CH70,CH80, CH100,CH135 and CH135LJ Hydraulic Crawler Cranes as well as specialist variants for Dockside usage[7][8] RB also offer the CH E (Series CH50E & CH70E) for dragline and clamshell grab applications[9] and the CH HD (Heavy Duty) (Series CH50D & CH70D) for adaption for piling and foundation engineering applications e.g. as a piling rig.[9]

RB continues to offer four models of Variable Counterbalance hydraulic long reach excavators, the VC20-15, VC20-17,VC20-20 and VC20-22[10] and also continues to offer the RB Priestman range of grabs for excavation and material rehandling applications.[11]

On 14 October 2009 the business RB Cranes was sold by Langley Holdings plc to Delden CSE Limited, the business has been moved to Delden CSE's pemises in Selston, Nottinghamshire. The business will continue to service the complete range of RB machines, Priestman VC excavators and Priestman grabs in addition to the range of B-E (Bucyrus-Erie) up to 88B.[12]

In February 2012 Delden CSE Limited [13] acquired NCK Cranes NCK [14] the other major UK crane & excavator manufacturer. Delden CSE Ltd still hire cranes manufactured by RB and NCK, as well as other manufacturers all over the UK and Ireland

See also[edit]


  • Turner, John T (1988). 'Nellie' The History of Churchill's Lincoln-Built Trenching Machine. Occasional Papers in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology 7. ISBN 0-904680-68-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lincoln's excavators -The Ruston-Bucyrus years 1930–1945 by Peter Robinson

External links[edit]

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Horncastle News

Horncastle News
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0700

Also open on June 7 is the neighbouring pumping station at Timberland, where visitors can see their large twin cylindered Ruston and Hornsby diesel engines of 1938 in operation, as well as the unique Ruston Bucyrus 10RB Dragline that once kept the ...

Spalding Guardian

Spalding Guardian
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:18:45 -0800

Organiser Colin Boor with Roddy Turner, controlling a Ruston Bucyrus walking dragline excavator. SG180312-114TW. 16:19 Wednesday 14 January 2015. 0. Have your say. Spalding Model Truck & Construction Show is back for its tenth event on Sunday ...

Lincolnshire Echo

Lincolnshire Echo
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:03:49 -0700

Mr Lane died on Friday, July 25 and his wife Jacqui has been inundated with tributes to the former Ruston Bucyrus metallurgist who moved to the city in 1968. "Mike and I both worked very hard for the Conservatives and we met at a dinner," said Mrs Lane ...
State Gazette
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 05:42:22 -0700

Local educator Bart Williams spent 12 days in the Sabah state of Malaysia on the island of Borneo this summer. He was traveling with a group enrolled in Miami University's Global Field Program of graduate studies. The following is the final chapter of ...
Lincolnshire Echo
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:38:42 -0800

Community Clubs Gainsborough Rifle Clubs, Heckington FieldTarget Club, Hemswell Rifle Club, Keelby Rifle Club, Lincoln Target Club,Market Rasen Small-bore Rifle Club, North Coates Butts Shooting Ground, ReephamRifle Club, Ruston Bucyrus Rifle ...

Horncastle News

Horncastle News
Sun, 01 Jun 2014 07:26:15 -0700

This station will be open to the public between 1pm and 4.30pm when visitors can see the large twin cylindered Ruston and Hornsby diesel engines of 1938 in operation, as well as the very rare Ruston Bucyrus 10RB Dragline that once kept the drains clear ...
Trinidad Guardian
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:52:30 -0700

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Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:14:42 -0800

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