Tangye Hydraulic Equipment

Tangye Hydraulic Jacks & Hydraulic Pumps

Tangye Jacks, Pumps, Service and Repair of Tangye Products

Hi-Press Hydraulics offer the full range of Tangye Hydraulic Equipment including, Lifting equipment, lightweight aluminium jacks and other products like Pumps, and Service Kits. Tangye Hydraulic products have a long history of excellence and have been used worldwide for lifting and supporting since 1856.

We offer Sales, hire, testing‎ and repair of a vide range of Hydraulic Equipment. Including Tangye Hydrapak Pumps, Hydralite, Hydraclaw and Hydramite Jacks.

Tangye product range

Tangye, Hydralite, Hydraclaw and Hydramite Jacks

Tangye Hydraulic Equipment is used for a variety of applications from supporting bridges to lifting the nose-end of jet aircraft.

The Tangye range of products is available and supported by Hi-Press.

Tangye hydrapak pump

Tangye Hydrapak Pump, from Hi-Press Hydraulics, are used throughout the world. Many Hydrapak pumps are kept as a back-up system – as an alternative pumping method for when existing power packs or power sources fail.

Tangye hydramite jack

The powerful Tangye Hydramite Jack, available from Hi-Press Hydraulics, is capable of lifting 6.5, 10 and 15 tonnes. It is well proven in use, with thousands in use around the world. It is safe and reliable, with a relief valve to prevent overload.

tangye hydraclaw jack

Hydraclaw Jack, is capable of lifting 5 tonnes on its head or toe. It is powerful, light and easy to transport, offering 178mm lift, low clearance at 41mm, stability and robust construction.

Tangye 6-plain hydralite jack

Tangye 6″ Plain Hydralite Jack, from Hi-Press Hydraulics, lifts 20 to 60 tonnes. These jacks are versatile – with various options including those for load-retaining; offer low clearance and easy operation.

Tangye screwed hydralite jack

6″ Screwed Hydralite Jack, from Hi-Press Hydraulics, lifts 20 to 60 tonnes. It is versatile – offering variations including different stroke options, claw models, as well as a load-retaining option. It offers low clearance and easy operation.

Tangye 6 mclaw toe hydralite jack

6″ Claw/Toe Hydralite Jack, from Hi-Press Hydraulics, lifts 20 to 60 tonnes at its head or toe. It is versatile and easy to operate, and benefits from a range of options to suit all kinds of applications, including different stroke options.

Tangye b 12 plain hydralite jack

12″ Plain Hydralite Jack is the most popular out of the Tangye hydraulic jacks as our models have the capacity to lift 20 to 100 tonnes.

Tangye 12 screwed hydralite jack

12” Screwed Hydralite Jack is the most popular out of the Tangye hydraulic jacks as our models have the capacity to lift 20 to 100 tonnes.

Tangye 12 claw-toe hydralite jack

12″ Claw/Toe Hydralite Jack is the most popular out of the Tangye hydraulic jacks as our models have the capacity to lift 20 to 100 tonnes. The lightweight 12″ Claw/Toe Hydralite Jack has the following features:

TANGYE 100 tonne hydralite jack

100 tonne Hydralite is powered by two internal pumps, the low pressure, fast- speed plunger moves the ram out quickly, up to a load of about 8 tonnes on the ram, before transfer to the high pressure plunger becomes necessary.

Tangye military bridging jack

Military Bridging Jacks are available in two sizes, lifting up to 15 or 20 tonnes.

Tangye b mastiff military jack

Mastiff Military Jacks are used for maintenance and able to lift up to 35 tonnes.

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Tangye 1957 to Present Day

Tangye Lightweight Jacks & Pumps Catalogue

The History of Tangye

In the late sixties Tangye was sold to the Central Wagon Group who historically were known as ‘asset strippers’, after the purchase they decided to sell off the Cornwall site and they moved into premises in Birmingham, also occupied by the Shelly company who manufactured mechanical car jacks.

From this is was decided that all products previously manufactured were discontinued, and only the ship jack and aluminium jack manufacturing were retained.

The Central Wagon Group owned another asset known as Eric Peel & Co (better known as EPCO). They were the leading garage equipment manufacturer at that time and they supplied products such as trolley jacks, garage presses, and cranes.

UK Manufacturing, Birmingham & Leeds

Tangye and EPCO were then merged into one to become Tangye EPCO Ltd with manufacturing in both Birmingham and Leeds.

After some financial difficulties, Central Wagon was forced to sell to the Booker Group who wanted to diversify their business model. They had existing businesses in the Grocery and Publishing industry.

The group continued to manufacture from their Birmingham and Leeds branches. The ownership lasted 3 years before a management buyout by the Managing and Engineering Directors.

This arrangement was short lived as they sought help from the West Midlands Enterprise Board, who agreed to help and they proceeded appointed their own Managing Director.

From Birmingham to Accrington

Tangye then went on to be acquired by the Turner & Newall Group (also known as Hydratight). Hydrotight manufactured Hydraulic Rope Pullers and Torque Multiplier equipment. Tangye had a strong period of relative stability which attracted interest by the Allspeeds Group (part of the GEI group). In 1994 Allspeeds purchased Tangye and moved all the operations from Birmingham to Accrington.

The Allspeeds group already had ownership of three companies known as Variators, John Blake and Webtool (which was a direct competitor of Tangye). After a few years, the GEI group came up against financial difficulties and another management buyout was accepted to acquire the Allspeeds group.

All of the manufacturing takes place in the Allspeeds complex in Accrington, and Tangye is now the only aluminium jack range that Allspeeds manufacture (along with other branded products).

Tangye has endured a lot of mergers, de-mergers, and acquisitions but the name still lives on!

Vintage tangye machinery

A Hundred Years of Tangye Engineering Craftsmanship

You can learn more about the early years of Tangye from the Internal Fire Museum of Power based in Cornwall.

They have some great background information images and exhibitions.


Cornish background

Selling to the world

The internal combustion engine story

World war 1 the Story

The Post-war production story

A family firm