Joined Jan 2 2013
52 years old
hi, i like all types of machinery, the older the better. part of this is that the design inovations and changes are more visible which makes them more interesting and more accesible to fix.
unlike mobile phones which i also have a collection of through forced obselesence and malfunction.
got hooked on Howards after finding a junior 12 years ago. had to sell it when we moved, but 2 years ago got back into them to put on a line-up for national vintage rally held here. borrowed a truckload and did my bit for the show and Howard. was not organised enough to pick up all the big ones (8,12, 2000). at the time i knew they made several models of walkbehinds and tpls in aust and england, but had no idea just how big the Howard companies were.
am now compiling a list of howard models, it is sort of evolving into a mini history, with constant updates. there are slightly different versions of events and dates floating around. i am not really trying to include all the current modern machines, just some obvious representatives. i would like to be able to say the list has x number of names, but it all depends on how you count them. prime example: does Gem = 1, or 5 for the series, or 7 for series plus 2 width variants, or 10 for engines used (at least, i dont know if i have found them all yet...) also i cant find out much about ww2 machines. 2 gensets, 2 variants of each, 2 variants of the HAC Enfield revolver, "mortars and ammunition" in england. it is a bit like typical political list - tells you everything and tells you nothing.
best to say my list is 2 and a half pages long. the next local show is in may, so that is when i will put the list on the net somehow, hopefully thru howardregister.com.
my list includes Little Digger. i reckon this might have been an emergency name when Howards had to "not" use Bulldog, but hadnt decided what to call it permanently. this is from an australian advertisement 1955, they must have been appealing to australian patriotism of the army "Diggers". an older very knowledgable Howard "ex collector" says this is most probable, the court case cost heaps, and they would have stopped selling "Bulldogs" asap. he had a couple, they were no rarer than Bulldogs, they had a larger than normal Little Digger decal on the rotor cover. i have yet to get a pic of one, i only have this ad.
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