Monthly Archives: January 2015

Model XL 3100 mobility keeps cleanup crews moving

GS Equipment Gradall Case Study 32aThe 2004 hurricane season created plenty of cleanup work throughout Lee County on the Gulf Coast of Florida, including its largest city, Fort Myers. The county’s Gradall® excavators, including a new Model XL 3100, were rushed into action for the initial cleanup work to restore public safety. Next, crews hurried to respond to the many calls from residents regarding drainage ditches that had been blocked by trees, vegetation and debris. Even during normal times, crews must maintain the important network of drainage ditches to prevent flooding. Particularly after the hurricane strikes, Lee County crews were inundated with residents’ calls for cleanup help.The Gradall machines’ ability to get on-site quickly was vital to the well being of the public.

Lee Countys’ Gradall excavators, including its new Model XL 3100, have highway-speed wheeled undercarriages, enabling them to travel quickly to work sites without the need, cost and time involved with using lowboy trailers. Unlike other cleanup machines, the highway-speed Gradall excavators can be driven quickly from one cleanup site to the next, often working at many locations in a single day. A boom-end grapple attachment enables an operator to quickly and effectively load sludge, vegetation and other materials into trucks. Boom-tilt capability makes it possible to position big loads to fit into truck beds, plus the ability to re-position the chassis from the upper operator cab saves valuable time. Lee County also uses a Telestick boom extension for its Gradall excavators to reach far out into streams and drainage ditches to remove silt and vegetation.The full-tilting boom movement can efficiently direct the boom-end bucket through turns and bends in the ditch, and also restore bank slopes on each side.

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Able to work effectively in tight quarters, model XL 3100 replaces landscape island on busy highway

GS Equipment Gradall Case Study 19aWithout unnecessary interference with traffic flow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, saw a need to remove a landscape island to create additional traffic lanes in both directions. State Contracting handled the job cost effectively, without the need for individual pieces of equipment for demolition of the island and then preparing the surface for concrete.

Able to work productively in tight quarters, the Gradall® Model XL 3100 makes good use of its small footprint and short rear swing to work productively in tight spaces, such as in the middle of this multi-lane highway. GS Equipment Gradall Case Study 19bXL Series hydraulics enabled the Model XL 3100 to handle the entire job. Automatically adjusting its hydraulic flow to handle the task at hand, the single machine and just one worker, operator Bill Murphy, were able to demolish and remove the landscape island, grade the ditch for forms, clean around the forms and then finish grade for the 11-inch asphalt installation. Not only does the load-sensing hydraulic advantage save fuel, overall machine cost is reduced because the Model XL 3100 uses just one engine for its highway mobility and for the multiple Gradall boom functions.

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Model XL 3100 meets challenge to excavate around PVC pipe

GS-Equipment-Gradall-Case-Study-16aPreparing an area for concrete along Olive St. in West Palm Beach, FL, posed a delicate challenge for Community Asphalt. The company needed to clear and excavate the narrow section without disturbing PVC irrigation pipe or new concrete on both sides. Working in a heavy traffic area, it was also important to work effectively without unnecessarily hindering traffic flow.


GS-Equipment-Gradall-Case-Study-16bThe Model XL 3100 Gradall® excavator utilized its unique boom movements to excavate dirt from over and around the established PVC pipe, without causing damage that would have required replacement of the irrigation system. The boom movements were also able to carefully remove dirt while working at various angles alongside the established concrete sections. XL Series hydraulics automatically adjusted boom power for excavation or for fine grading without the need for mode selection or wasting fuel. Not only was the Model XL 3100 able to complete the job effectively and quickly, the short rear swing of the machine enabled traffic to continue to move smoothly through the area. The mobility of the Model XL 3100 also was an advantage. Not only could workers drive the machine to the site, avoiding the need for a trailer, the Model XL 3100 also is designed to be repositioned from the upper operator cab. Operator Freddie Perez said he previously operated a Model G3WD GS-Equipment-Gradall-Case-Study-16cGradall excavator for five years, but found the Model XL 3100 to be faster and smoother with a more comfortable joystick location. “And it has an overall better feel,” he added.

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Difficult rock fracturing project handled by Gradall Model XL 3200 with hydraulic hammer

GS-Equipment-Gradall-Case-Study-06Many folks think of Florida as the land of sand. But as the state’s site work contractors will tell you, Florida can also be the land of some extremely tough rock. And when that rock is encountered during the course of site work, the contractor had better be up to the challenge. That’s the situation that was faced by McLeod Services, a site work contractor based in Sarasota, FL. McLeod called on the capabilities of a Gradall® Model XL 3200 for tough demolition work at the Sarasota Bay Club. McLeod was involved in excavating at various depths in preparation for the foundation of a new structure at the site, then back filling and compaction of suitable fill material to the bottom elevation of the pile caps. The material to be excavated, according to John Azar, McLeod’s land services division general manager, was a combination of “standard Florida soils and a 5-foot-thick layer of good solid rock.”

Shooting the rock was not an option because of the project’s close proximity to other buildings. But the Gradall XL 3200, with its unique boom movements, was able to work quickly and efficiently in the tight space using the Allied hammer and a 5-inch diameter tool. Working in one 45-square-foot area at a time, the rock layer was fractured into a two-foot pattern. Once the first chunks were removed, the hammer and chisel were tilted by the Gradall boom, working along the edge of the rock and fracturing it with relative ease while allowing for quick removal. “We only moved about 2,500 cubic yards of material, but the time and effort involved were bigger than what you see on most projects around here,” said Azar. “We were rushed, to say the least, and because the area was environmentally sensitive, the work had to be done right the first time. After the October 1 deadline, there would be no opportunity to come back in and fix things.”

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