Mr. A.E. Rutherford founded the business of Rutherford Limited, in 1912. In it's early years the activities were confined mainly to the sale of general engineering requisites in the shape of packings, brassware, belting etc. In the following years, it became well established in diesel engines, power generating plants, wood working machinery, pumps and electric drills and lathes. Today, Rutherford is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd and a value added company distributing world renowned brands through its four divisions, each one a leader in it's category: Rutherford is a BEE compliant level 4 company.


Makita of Japan with its range of industrial power tools is the world's largest manufacturer of industrial power tools with eight factories strategically located around the world. Rutherford is the sole distributor in Southern Africa and has been exclusive for the past 40 years.


Rutherford Marine has sole distribution rights for the Mercury range of outboards and MerCruiser inboards, along with the Quicksilver range of marine oils and accessories.


V.I. Instruments is the sole importer of the Ruide, GeoMax and South range of survey equipment, which involves Levels, Total Stations and Global Positioning. They are also the exclusive importer of the world-renowned Troxler nuclear density gauges and the market leader in compaction measurements for road construction.


FTS Boltworld is one of the largest importers and distributors of fasteners and blind rivets to all sectors of the industry. They also stock a complete range of riveting tools.


All of the above are distributed through our branches in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, where we employ a total of approximately 200 staff.




Makita OPE 18V X2 (36V) LXT Tools.

Makita Outdoor Powered Equipment 18V X2 (36V) LXT tools. Powered by two 18V LXT batteries, 18V X2 (36V) LXT offers more power, speed and run-time. Like every solution in the expansive LXT system, the 18V X2 (36V) LXT system is fully compatible with Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers. Tough out bigger jobs with 18V X2 (36V) LXT tools...Learn More

Makita TimeLine

  • 1915 Founded
  • 1958 First Power Tool
  • 1978 First Cordless Tool
  • 2017 Industry Leader


Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence.

2014 marked the 75 year anniversary of Mercury Marines's existence in our lives. Mercury started back in 1939 in a small machine shop in Wisconsin, and grown into the largest builder of marine propulsion systems in the world. Number one on the water. Learn More


  • 1939 Founded by Carl Kiekhaefer
  • 1948 First four-in-line two-cycle outboard
  • 1976 First V6 outboard
  • 2014 Number one on the water

VI Instruments

Survey and Nuclear Gauges

Distributor of Survey Equipment including Total Stations, Theodilites, Levels, GPS and Nuclear Gauges throughout the Southern African Region.

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FTS Boltworld

Supplier of Fasteners, Rivets and Riveting Tools

Distributor of Fasteners and Rivets including Aluminium Rivets, Steel Rivets, Sealed Rivets, Peeled Rivets, Countersunk Rivets and Riveters throughout the Southern African RegionLearn More

Martlet Machinery

Light Industrial Machinery

Distributor of Table Saws, Drill Presses, Planer Thicknessers, Band Saws and Generators throughout the Southern Africa Region.

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