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Jeremiah Carter established the Company in Highburton in 1740. Business flourished, and in 1850 Jeremiah's great, great grandson, Richard Carter, relocated the Company to Dene Works in Kirkburton, which was to become our home for the next 150 years.
It was at these premises where it became clear our future lay in shovel manufacturing; and in 1870 the Carter Shovel was developed for the rapidly expanding coal mining industry, which was fuelling the Industrial Revolution.
Soon after Richard Carter Ltd was incorporated in 1909, World War I broke out and demand tools increased dramatically. Every week, thousands of tools were sent via Kirkburton village railway station to the troops on the front line. Indeed, history repeated itself several years later than World War II placed an even greater demand for our services.
The 1970s saw the beginning of the decline of the Nationalised Coal and Steel Industries and this forced us to seek new markets. This was so successful that, despite many alterations to the Kirkburton premises during the 1980s, we outgrew Dene Works and began the search for a new home.
Eventually, in 1999 we moved again to Neiley Works in Honley. The new premises gave us the opportunity to embrace state of the art manufacturing techniques which, combined with our heritage, enabled us to innovate our product design and enhance quality.
It has been three centuries since our founder, Jeremiah Carter, had the vision and courage to start his Company. The Carter family, are proud of the fact that we still own and run Richard Carter Ltd. We are prouder still of the people who work here, many of who have done so for many years, and how far we have come together. Some may see tradition and innovation as unlikely bedfellows, but for us, they are what we stand for.
|This Y or D style handle is made of a single piece of ash. Primarily. All their Y &D handles are lacquered for that traditional feel. used for garden tools.|
|Moulded from high impact polypropylene for increased comfort and Ergonomic PYD helps reduce strain on the hands and wrist by keeping the wrist in a neutral position, while in use.|
|Shaped Crutch-T This is a plainer and more economical type of T-grip. The handle is not as intricately contoured as the barrel grip. But being mortised and tenoned and glued, it does possess the same strength characteristics.|
|Tubular all Steel This type of handle is mainly used for contractors and heavy industrial tools. They weld the steel handles into the body of the shovel socket for extra strength and rigidity, producing a very strong and robust tool for digging.|
|Barrel Crutch This is a plainer and more economic type of T-Grip. The handle is not as intricately contoured as the shaped grip, but being morticized, tenon and glued, it does possess all the strength characteristics|
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