GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Engineer Brett Boothe recently purchased a new Gradall wheeled excavator from Southeastern Equipment using the state of Ohio purchasing contract for $369,964.80 and financed through U.S. Bank of Gallipolis.
Wheeled excavators are used for roadside ditching, culvert replacements, bridge replacements and more. The are the most used construction equipment by the Gallia County Highway Department. The County Highway Department were down from four wheeled excavators several years ago to essentially one reliable wheeled excavator before this purchase and were unable to put off the expense of a new wheeled excavator purchase any longer. The new Gradall is the same size as the last Gradall purchased by the Gallia County Engineer in 2008 for nearly $270,000. Cost has risen significantly due the continued increased in federal emission standards. A Gradall costs nearly three times that of a backhoe, but would outwork three backhoes in ditching operations, according to Boothe.
“We are very fortunate to have both a local business like Southeastern Equipment to provide the best price on the new Gradall in the state and getting the best financing rate from a local bank in U.S. Bank of Gallipolis,” said Boothe.