Portage, Indiana



XL 4100 IV versatility pays off on pavement removal and grading job

Efficiently handling major highway jobs, creating parking lots, general excavation and site work are important components in the success formula for Walsh & Kelley, Inc., with locations in Griffith and South Bend, Indiana. Founded in 1933, Walsh & Kelly also operates six hot mix asphalt plants to fuel its business. A highway restoration job on Airport Rd. in Portage, Indiana, required a wide range of jobs from pulling up concrete pavement to excavating and grading. Like all contractors, the contractor finds a real economic advantage in having fewer machines that can complete many different jobs.


When a new XL 4100 IV model was delivered to Walsh & Kelly by Finkbiner Equipment, the local distributor, the contractor already owned several earlier XL 4100 models.

"We use them for about everything," said Owen Smith, the company's equipment manager. "We do heavy duty excavation, dig outs, concrete removal… We use the telescoping boom to reach out and work where there isn't much room."

With full-tilting boom action, the new XL 4100 IV quickly demolished and removed slabs of concrete – a task that cannot be duplicated by weaker boom-end rotation attachments.

Creating a favorable grade along the length of the new road surface, the Walsh & Kelly operator usually maneuvered the carrier from the upper cab. "Our operators really like its repositioning capability," said Smith, noting that new Series IV models are equipped with a new transfer case. A new six-speed automatic transmission also simplifies the task of getting excavators out to job sites and back without a trailer.

"We count on Gradall excavators quite a bit, and we see a lot of overall improvement in the Series IV models," added Smith.

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