Benbros Qualitoys

Tractor with Cab & Shovel Bucket

As part of the Farm Equipment group of models in the Qualitoys range, Benbros developed this Tractor with Cab and Shovel Bucket which was a development of the Ferguson Tractor including driver. The type 2 casting of the tractor using unpainted wheels with smooth ones at the front.


In order to get lift for the shovel, a high mounting was needed so it was a natural idea to turn this into a cab although it was a fairly primitive one! However, it was a clever design because the entire unit was mounted on the axles inside the four wheels. This meant that it could be constructed separately. As with earlier tractor models, there was no id.


There were two lifting systems for raising the shovel bucket. Early (yellow) models had a spindle in front of the driver from which a short length of string ran down to the top of the bucket. By turning the spindle handle and winding the string, the shovel could be raised and lowered. Later the string was abandoned and the spindle was re-cast with a connecting arm to the lifting frame making a simpler and stronger system.


Benbros painted the Tractor & Shovel in either yellow, pale-green, dark-green, or red except for the inside of the shovel, the undersides of the frame and cab, and the inside of the tractor. Silver trim was applied to the tractor grille and steering wheel. The female driver, which was the same casting as on the Ferguson Tractor, was either green with brown hat in the yellow model, or dark-brown in the green and red ones. Both had pink trim to face and hands.


Presumably Benbros had a special box for this model because it was quite tall but little is known about it. 


The Tractor with Cab & Shovel Bucket is not common but does turn up occaisionally. Green seems to have been the more common colour. 

Benbros Qualitoys Tractor & Shovel

Variation 1: Yellow with type 1 lift & green driver

Benbros Qualitoys Tractor with Cab & Shovel




1)  YELLOW tractor, cab & shovel           type 1 lift    UMW    GREEN driver


2)  YELLOW tractor, cab & shovel            type 2 lift    UMW    GREEN driver


3)  PALE-GREEN tractor, cab & shovel    type 2 lift    UMW    BROWN driver


4)  DARK-GREEN tractor, cab & shovel   type 2 lift    UMW    BROWN driver


5)  RED tractor, cab & shovel                   type 2 lift    UMW    BROWN driver

Variation 2: Yellow with type 2 lift (missing driver)

Benbros Qualitoy Tractor & Shovel
Benbros Qualitoys Tractor & Shovel

Variation 4: Dark-green with brown driver

Variation 5: Red with brown driver

Benbros Qualitoy Tractor & Shovel
Benbros Qualitoys Tractor & Shovel

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast


  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification


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