Plantation, Florida



Site development project gains efficiency without the need to stop and lower outriggers

High-efficiency work practices are critical for American Engineering Development Corp. of Hialeah Gardens, Florida - a major site development resource for general contractors and developers in South Florida. With over 400 employees and state-of-the-art equipment, American Engineering strives to complete large and complex jobs in the most efficient way possible.


An XL 3300 III Gradall excavator was a key piece of equipment assigned to complete a massive site work project around a modern eight-story apartment complex being constructed in Plantation, Florida. Moving dirt, rock and debris and then creating a complex landscape plan included the creation of a retention pond, intended to collect rain water on the property.

Robert Roscoe, who has operated Gradall excavators for about 10 years, was at the joystick controls of the XL 3300 III as he moved large pieces of material and carefully tilted the telescoping boom and 60-inch bucket to carve out the retention pond. Although the XL 3300 III was equipped with outriggers, Roscoe said he never uses them. "I don't have to," he said.

In fact, wheeled Gradall excavators have front axle oscillation locks and a strong, low-profile boom and chassis that creates excellent weight distribution and allows the machine to move and place heavy loads at the front, rear or either side of the machine - all without the need for optional outriggers or to lower an optional grading blade. "Outriggers would slow me down," said Roscoe. "If a machine requires me to use outriggers, I would have to stop, lower them to work, then raise them to move the carrier to dump in a truck and then repeat the process. That takes a lot of time."

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