Experience and Expertise Shine Through in Tough Heavy Towing Job

A Loudoun County homeowner’s renovation project went awry when the mini excavator he was operating dropped into a trench that he was digging. This would normally be quite a straightforward heavy towing recovery, one that Road Runner’s certified Heavy Duty Operators have done many times. However, this recovery would prove to be more difficult than the norm.

When the mini excavator dropped into the trench, it became trapped between the trench and a tree. The tree had already caused some minor damage to the rented mini excavator. Without the property extraction and recovery techniques, there was a high risk of causing further damage to the mini excavator.

Thankfully, the Road Runner team thrives under pressure. Travis, a certified Heavy Duty Tow Operator, was on the scene. He thoroughly assessed the situation and came up with a plan of action. Travis was able to lift the mini excavator from the boom and one of it’s tracks. Once lifted, he expertly manoeuvred the mini excavator out of the trench and onto flat ground without causing further damage to the expensive piece of machinery.

Once again, we see that with the right equipment and the right skills, no job is impossible.Great work out there, Travis! You made the whole team proud!

Heavy towing recovery of an excavator

Heavy towing recovery of an excavator

Details of Experience and Expertise Shine Through in Tough Heavy Towing Job

The Road Runner dispatch center received a call for a heavy towing job. A mini excavator was stuck between a trench and a tree and required a heavy towing team to recover it. The heavy towing team immediately went to the customer in Loudoun County, just off John Mosby Highway (Route 50).

The heavy towing team arrived on scene. The certified heavy towing operator assessed the situation. The heavy towing operator noted that the mini excavator had already received some damage during the fall. The heavy towing operator noted that he would need to be extremely careful in retrieving the mini excavator as it’s current position against the tree would cause more damage.

The heavy towing operator first attached a line to the boom. The heavy towing operator attached a second line to one of the tracks on the mini excavator. The heavy towing operator ensured that both lines were properly secured. The heavy towing operator then began to slowly lift the mini excavator. The heavy towing operator slowly manoeuvred the mini excavator from the trench.

The heavy towing operator slowly got the mini excavator back to flat ground. The operator detached the line from the boom. The operator detached the line from the track.

The heavy duty tow operator inspected the mini excavator once more. The heavy towing operator noted that no further damage had been caused to the mini excavator during the recovery efforts. The heavy towing operator returned to the Road Runner dispatch center and awaited a new call.

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