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Customer feedback suggests we make the toughest most durable thumbs on the market.

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RGL is a family run business started by Robert Little in the 1970s.

Originally an agricultural contracting company servicing the needs of farmers in the local area, the business eventually developed to provide machines for more forestry-focused contracting.

At RGL, we have always modified our machines to suit the contracts and environments they will be working in, and we build new attachments when needed in order to complete jobs more efficiently.

We spotted a gap in the market for clearing un-harvestable trees, and so we designed and constructed a mechanical tree mulcher mounted on a 360 excavator. Over the years, we’ve continued to improve our design to make it more efficient and robust, and we’ve modified our excavators in order to power our mulcher attachments.

This resulted in us constructing auxiliary engines and mounting them on top of standard 360 excavators. The excavators themselves had to be modified with heavy guarding and track guides in order to cope with demanding working environments they were working in.

We have always modified our plant to do the job we need it to do, and the advantage of doing it ourselves is we get to test it to destruction! This means we can work out any weak points and completely redesign the part if we need to. We are always striving to improve our products to ensure that they work perfectly for the end user.

In the last four years, RGL has started engineering products and fitting them to other company’s machines. Although any engineering modifications we’ve undertaken in the past have been for ourselves, we decided to make and install the modifications that have served us well for years on to other people’s machines.

This means we have a unique perspective and gives us an advantage over other engineering firms. We have worked in the forestry, demolition and construction sectors with our own machines, giving us a better understanding of what modifications work and how to build them to last.

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"These thumbs help us get over soft ground because we can turn stumps over with ease or carry lengths of pole around to place under the machine and use them like bogmats. It also makes working on steep slopes far safer as you have more control over the stumps and debris that you need to move in front of you, reducing the risk of machine strikes. I wouldn't like to work a machine without one of these thumbs now."

Ian Murray, Machine operator, Molplant Construction Ltd
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