S. W. Rodgers, a major contractor in Virginia, relies on a large collection of machines to efficiently handle a wide range of jobs including complete site work, highway repairs and residential and commercial excavations. Among the company's recent challenges was a huge landscape finishing project surrounding the new Virginia Gateway Shopping Center. With no time to spare, the company needed to clean up the area surrounding the massive retail complex, spread topsoil to backfill behind curbs and gutters, and then create a final grade for grass, shrubs and other landscaping. Because of the size of the job, the contractor requires versatile equipment that can move quickly from one location to another on the site.
The S. W. Rodgers fleet includes dozens of machines, including five Gradall excavators - four of them highway speed wheeled models and one crawler. Working on the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center, the company used two Model XL 4100-II excavators, which could be driven to the site and then move quickly around the perimeter areas. The rubber tire undercarriage moves efficiently over concrete and blacktop areas without creating surface damage, plus the machine is fully mobile on dirt, sand and mud. To keep the machine working constantly, the Model XL 4100-II undercarriage can be repositioned by the operator in the upperstructure cab. "The boom operates like an extension of the arm," said Richard Byrd, vice president of the S. W. Rodgers Equipment Division. With precise control, the boom extends beneath trees and signs. Plus, without sacrificing breakout forces, the entire boom and attachment can rotates into the position required to create exacting slopes or spread dirt around pipes, drains and trees. And, after each day's work, the excavators can be locked up and left on the site overnight or driven back to the safety of the equipment yard without the need for a trailer.
For more information about Gradall excavators call (800) 445-4752.