Brazoria County, Texas



XL 4100 IV boom movements increase productivity with mulching cutter attachment

Cutting back trees and brush along roadsides and at intersections is an ongoing job for the Brazoria County Road & Bridge Department. While the department has made good use of a Gradall tree limb shear attachment for many years, its use of a mulching cutter has made vegetation control efforts even more productive.


The Brazoria County Road and Bridge department has had a long history of using Gradall excavators to maintain some 325 miles of roads, and many more miles of ditches and drainage canals. Putting an XL 4100 IV excavator to work with a ProMac mulching cutter, however, let the department take a giant step forward in vegetation control, according to Kenny Hill, superintendent of the department. "Putting a mulching cutter on our Gradall, we can convert large pieces of material into fine chunks that don't have to be hauled away," said Hill. "That saves us time, manpower and the need for a truck to haul material."

Using the attachment with Gradall's job-proven telescoping, tilting boom offers even more advantages, he said. "With the Gradall boom movements, we can reach about anywhere … over fence lines, around and under bridges, up against poles," said Hill. "We can tilt the mulching cutter into the right position to get the job done quickly, cutting back trees to improve visibility at intersections or clearing branches away from roadsides. That's something our residents appreciate." The rugged, full-tilting Gradall boom, which does not sacrifice strength when it rotates attachments 220 degrees, is easily able to withstand vibrations from the powerful mulching cutter.

Getting out to jobsites and back is also easier now, according to Hill, who said his operators appreciate the automatic transmission that's standard in all Gradall Series IV highway speed excavators. "You can't go wrong with an Allison transmission," he said. When Brazoria County purchased the XL 4100 IV, it also ordered a 36-inch excavating bucket for asphalt removal and a fixed thumb grapple for storm cleanup in streams and ditches – jobs that have been routinely performed for many years by an existing fleet of Gradall excavators. "We are really happy with the way this one clears away and mulches trees and brush," said Hill. "We'll probably have it doing just that for about eight or nine months before we ever put a bucket on it."

For more information about Gradall excavators call (800) 445-4752.