Gradall Storm Recovery Series of wheeled excavators are designed to help municipalities, counties, and contractors handle multiple challenges in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather disasters.
“The summer and fall of 2020 is predicted to be a busier-than-normal hurricane season, from the Gulf Coast, around Florida, and continuing up into New England,” said Mike Popovich, Gradall VP of excavator products, in a prepared statement. “We are working closely with our distributor network, especially in these areas, to make these Storm Recovery Series machines readily available to help first responders access and clean up disaster areas very quickly.”
Highway speed Gradall excavators can be driven over highways at 60 mph, without the need for a lowboy trailer, enabling them to get to disaster sites quickly and remove fallen trees and debris to create access for other emergency vehicles, according to Gradall.
Once on a disaster site, and during the recovery process, the excavators can be equipped with a wide range of useful attachments including fixed-thumb grapples, tree limb shears, boom extensions and buckets, enabling them to collect and load tree limbs and trunks, rocks, household debris and building materials into trucks, as well as open drainage ditches and waterways.
Gradall created the promotional video below.
Gradall models with highway speed undercarriages include the 40,930p-pound XL 3100V with a 27-foot 3-inch boom reach; XL 4100V at 49,684 pounds with a 30-foot 3-inch boom reach; and the 57,670-pounds XL 5100V with a 33-foot 9-inch boom reach.
See the Construction Equipment Field Test on the Gradall XL 4100 excavator.