At Rhinos, we are committed to selecting only the highest quality plant machinery, tools and equipment for our hire fleet. Each carefully chosen Dumper, Mini Digger, Roller or Skidsteer has been researched by our team to ensure they meet our standards. Thwaites Dumpers for instance is a family business with an impressive pedigree. Founded by Basil Thwaites in 1937, the company was originally aimed at the agricultural industry. After the war in 1945 the business focussed on products for the construction market.
In 1957, the company produced the first site dumper of the type that influenced the sector and set the bar for dumper design.
Basil Thwaites established his first workshop in Warwickshire, currently occupied by an extensively developed site.
The post war ‘build back better’ strategy drove the need for more advanced agricultural machinery and processes. The Thwaites ‘Forage Harvester’ improved farming productivity and effectiveness.
As Britain’s economy grew, there was a demand for new homes, and Thwaites developed mechanical solutions to enable this. They came up with the ‘builder’s hoist’ which enhanced safety where builders and bricklayers were concerned.
Thwaites became known for manufacturing high quality construction related products, and a new factory was built on the original site.
The British construction industry was gathering pace, and Thwaites consulted with the industry and contractors to design, manufacture and launch the very first site dumper. It was a 15 cwt-capacity, two-wheel drive, reverse tip machine. It’s ease of operation made it an immediate success.
After the success of the very first 15 cwt machine the ‘Standard’ was launched, a machine which became the template for the design of every site dumper made since, by every
Thwaites decides to cease the manufacturing of agricultural machinery and concentrate on an exclusive path to the design and manufacture of site dumpers.
In this year Thwaites launched the iconic, world recognised ‘Tusker’, larger and more powerful than previous versions.
The ‘Tusker’ was a huge success and attachments were made available to enable work in concrete batching, rail and excavation. The ingenious backhoe, for instance, allowed the operator to operate the machine as a traditional dumper, while digging trenches.
The sixties saw the innovative and incredibly popular four-wheel drive articulated dumper, the 2 ton ‘Alldrive’.
The tough, versatile 3 ton ‘Alldrive’ prompted the arrival of a wide range of articulated four wheel drive dumpers onto the market.
In the mid 1970’s the next generation ‘Alldrive’ appeared. The 9000 had a 4 ton capacity, along with all the dynamic ‘Alldrive’ features. A unique swinging rear axle gave operators even greater control and manoeuvrability.
Years ahead of its time the 8-ton Goliath, became the first cabbed and largest Thwaites dumper to date. Perfect for major infrastructure projects this 8 ton machine fulfilled the growing need for larger capacity machines
In the early 1980’s Thwaites design team had an engineering breakthrough, with the invention of the revolutionary ‘Kinglink’. Articulation and oscillation gave operators even greater control and quality of ride.
In 1984 Thwaites, deviated from exclusively manufacturing dumpers to produce an ‘Alldig’ machine. This was a compact Backhoe Loader with four wheel drive and hydraulic side-shift clamping. Whilst engineered to Thwaites exacting standards, the product was not as successful as previous products.
In 1986, Thwaites boosted its gearbox, producing, manufacturing and installing the very first power shuttle transmission on the ‘Alldrive’ 5 Tonne.
The Thwaites ‘Alldrive’ 6 ton dumper was turbo-charged and was much-copied in the marketplace.
The Thwaites ‘3000 Alldrive’ had a Perkins engine enabling turbo power in its compact dumpers. It was favoured by plant hire companies and ideal for use on urban renovation programs and infrastructure projects in places like Southend.
At the turn of the millennium Thwaites expanded its international distribution network, and Thwaites dumpers became available in more than 70 countries on 5 continents.
The company have never looked back and continue to thrive, in 2017 they launched a range of 6 ton & 9 ton cabbed dumpers, which have helped to drive safety standards in the industry.
Hire your Thwaites Dumper for your project in Southend from Rhinos Plant Hire
At Rhino Plant Hire we are committed to offering a wide range of versatile, high performance heavy and small plant. Choose from the very latest machinery, tools and equipment guaranteed to get every job done effectively. Amongst our plant hire stock you will find skidsteers, telehandlers, dumpers, bowsers, mini excavators, rollers and air tools from the biggest names in the industry. Our high quality small plant will make your projects pleasurable with welding tools, alloy towers, grinders, lighting, plumbing, gardening and landscaping equipment, pumps, site electrics, surveying equipment, road working tools and woodworking gear.
We update our plant machinery frequently to incorporate the latest design and technology for our customers. Our highly functioning used plant is then offered for sale representing some incredible bargains. We also repair and service customer plant using the exceptional skills of our own expert mechanics. For added customer convenience, this can be carried out either in our purpose built facility or on site.
Rhino Plant Hire are based in Doddinghurst, Brentwood, ideal for customers located throughout Essex, Kent, London and East Anglia. Just a few of the locations we cover include Chelmsford, Brentwood, Braintree, Stansted, Southend, Upminster, Barking, Billericay, Heathrow, Surrey, Cambridge, Enfield, Harlow, Romford, Basildon, Chigwell, Ilford, Grays, Hornchurch, Waltham Cross, Beckton, St Albans, Stortford, Wembley, Rayleigh, Dunmow, Wickford, Dartford, Ware, Cheshunt, Witham, Dagenham, Epping, Rainham, Loughton, Sidcup, Ongar and Stratford.