Tackling residential and paving projects in the Boston area, Allied Paving Corp. of Chelmsford demands productive, versatile equipment that can complete jobs with high efficiency. That was the case when Allied approached a repair project around Robinson Middle School and McAuliffe Elementary in Lowell, Mass. - a job that would require precision demolition around flagpoles and other obstacles.
While conventional excavators sometimes offer boom-end tilting mechanisms that add weight and reduce attachment power, Gradall delivers a full measure of productivity and strength with full boom tilt. That was particularly useful when Jeff Lemire, operator of an XL 4300 III Gradall excavator, used a 60-inch ditching bucket to breakup and remove concrete from around flag poles on the school grounds.
I love this machine, said Lemire, as he curled the bucket around the flag pole, demolishing and deftly removing chunks of concrete. "This machine has more hydraulic power than the earlier models and I have better control of the bucket movement. I also like the enclosed swing gear that makes the upperstructure movement smoother." The enclosed swing gear, with a "lubed for life" advantage, is designed to resist dirt and Series III models.
Frequently working around homes, schools and in commercial districts, Lemire likes the compact rear swing of the machine, its excellent maneuverability and the low-profile boom movement. "With the telescoping boom design, I can also see all of the boom through the entire digging cycle," he added. "That's something I can't do with knuckle booms." Choosing the joystick control pattern with an in-cab switch is another plus for Lemire. "I operate other machines, so I'm used to the SAE pattern," he said. "Selecting the pattern I want is easy." Bob Joyce, owner of Allied Paving, said his company has owned many rough terrain wheeled Gradall models over the years, and he considers them a backbone of his business. "They are great machines," he said. "We do everything with them. We rely on them for about every job, about every day."
For more information about Gradall excavators call (800) 445-4752.