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Spring 2014

A dream come true

Former company owner achieves life-long goal with E42

Andy Russell, The Clean-up Crew

Andy Russell, The Clean-up Crew

After a long career in the medical device industry, 45-year-old Andy Russell finally saw a chance to fulfill a childhood dream: owning and operating an excavator. When the opportunity arose to sell off his portion of his firm, Russell knew it was time to make his dream come true.

“This was my chance to have an excavator, and I went for it,” Russell says. “The more time I spend on an excavator, the happier I am.”

Russell and his wife, Annie, own a 13-acre farm near Arlington, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis. An excavator on a hobby farm? It certainly seems unusual, but Russell envisioned a plan that included fixing up the property, turning it into a working farm, finding additional excavator projects around the area and doing work for hire. Step one was identifying the right excavator.

“I looked around for quite a while,” he says. “There are a lot of choices, but eventually I focused on the Bobcat brand. I read a lot of positive reviews, learned about the company’s excellent reputation and recalled my past experience with Bobcat skid-steer loaders. I had operated them and knew that Bobcat products are reliable, durable and long-lasting.”

Multi-purpose machine

He purchased an M-Series E42 from Williams Equipment in Memphis. It quickly became a dual-purpose machine, taking on chores around his farm and developing an off-site business working for others.

“I saw a lot of opportunity throughout the area,” Russell says. “Several people have large machines and are not interested in the smaller jobs. The E42 is the perfect size for me, both on the farm and when doing work for others. So far my part-time business, The Clean-up Crew, has kept me busy doing a lot of clearing, draining and digging ditches (one was 200 yards long), digging up septic lines and demolition.”

The Bobcat® E42 is also used extensively on the farm, where he and Annie raise quarterhorses.

“There is a ton of work to do here,” he says, “and without the excavator I would have to hire others, eventually spending more money than the E42 cost. I would have to depend on someone else to do the work. One of my pet peeves is waiting for others. I prefer to do it myself.”

With the E42, Russell has removed trees, cleaned out ditches, reshaped and built a terrace around a pond and installed underground electric power throughout the property.

“It’s been extremely valuable around the farm,” he says. “I could never have done all this work without the E42. It’s my hobby and I could operate it all day long.”

811: Call before you dig

Whether you are a professional excavating specialist or a homeowner, it’s important to remember to call 811 before you dig. When you call 811, a local operator will record your address and notify the affected utility companies. Within a few days, the utility companies will send a professional to mark the approximate location of your lines. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.