MacAllister Railroad Machinery named distributor of Gradall Machines

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Gradall Machines names MacAllister Railroad Machinery as distributor.

Gradall Industries, Inc., has named MacAllister Railroad Machinery as an authorized distributor for Gradall TrackStar Railway Maintenance Machines as well as factory-authorized parts and service.

Left to right: Mason Keiffer, VP of Strategic Planning, Joe Fimbinger, Rental Service Manager, Gary Hutzel, Operation Manager, Kelly Kendrick, Marketing Manager, John Bridgeman, Gradall Industrial Account Manager, Mike Doyle, Corp. Purchasing Manager, Zac Cleary, Rental Service Manager.

MacAllister, an Indiana-based family-owned company, has a long-standing tradition for technical knowledge and experience involving railroad-specific equipment, resulting in quality sales, lease and product support services.

“The company reaches into 23 states, covering most of the eastern half of the U.S., which has given it in-depth knowledge and contacts throughout the nation’s rail industry,” said John Bridgeman, industrial account manager for Gradall Industries with a focus on the rail industry.

Gradall TrackStar Railway Maintenance Machines represent the ideal combination of mobility and versatility by capably handling a wide range of maintenance and construction jobs for railroads, municipal railways, city transit systems and others involved in rail construction, repair and right-of-way work.

TrackStar models are distinguished by their low-profile, long-reach capabilities using the world-famous telescoping, tilting Gradall boom design. With a 220-degree full boom tilt capability, Gradall machines can efficiently use a range of attachments to build and repair rail crossings, clean up landslides, replace rails, spread ballast and cut back overhanging trees and other vegetation.

For even more attachment positioning versatility, Gradall offers an optional hydraulic coupler on TrackStar models with 360-degree continuous attachment rotation and an extra 110 degrees of tilt motion, enabling operators to position attachments with more precision and in more locations than any other maintenance machine.

The new coupler also accommodates a wide range of attachments designed for railway maintenance efficiency, which can be changed hydraulically from the operator cab.

The Gradall carrier’s short rear tail swing and low-profile telescoping boom create a compact profile, allowing Gradall machines to work efficiently under bridges and inside tunnels where knuckle booms won’t fit.

Gradall is famous globally for introducing wheeled excavator mobility on highways as well as dirt. Gradall TrackStar machines can be quickly driven to the rail crossing, where carriers are positioned over the tracks.

The Diversified rail gear system uses guides to position the carrier over the tracks and then uses the carrier’s wheels for mobility. The machines have the extra security of automatic digging brakes, as well as excellent stability to work at both sides of the track without the need for outriggers.

Gradall offers TrackStar models in various sizes and capacities, designed in two chassis styles to meet varying off-rail mobility needs:

  • Highway speed models (XL 4130V and XL 5130V) can be driven over paved roads at 60 mph, without the need for a lowboy trailer. This enables them to get to rail crossings quickly and then back to the safety of the equipment yard at night.
  • On/off pavement models (XL 3330V and XL 4330V) efficiently travel over pavement and rails at speeds up to 20 mph, enabling them to get on and off track faster.

A host of standard operator cab features include air conditioning, removable front window, a large adjustable seating module and a switch to select Gradall, SAE or Deere joystick patterns. Highway speed carrier advantages include an automatic transmission.

TrackStar machines use a single Volvo Penta Tier 4f engine, with easy-to-access routine service locations.

Manufactured only in America, at New Philadelphia, Ohio, Gradall models meet or exceed world class standards for quality.

For information about MacAllister, call their headquarters at 855-676-7245 or visit www.macallisterrail.com

To view a video on Gradall TrackStar machines, visit gradall.com/railroad

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