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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 20 - February 26, 2019

Mini Mired In Mud

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Located in the heart of south Jersey, Battelini Transport & Towing Service has been in business for more than 95 years. Battelini's has been a family built, owned and operated business since Alesio Battelini started Battelini's Garage on Route 40 in Landsiville, N.J., in 1921. They are going on their fourth generation of Battelini boys that have become men in their family business.

On Sept. 13, 2016, a customer requested a heavy wrecker to pull their excavator out of a pond.

"We were told that their excavator was stuck in a pond and wouldn't run," Albert Battelini said. "It was a Kubota mini excavator weighing about 20,000 pounds and was at a private residence."

He responded in his "Old 8212" wrecker, a 1982 Western Star/1986 NRC 3500 heavy.

Battelini saw the Kubota mired in mud when he arrived.

"The mini was digging the pond when it slid in, lost power and couldn't get out. It wasn't as much a pond as it was a mud pit, and the mini was stuck and buried deep in it."

Battelini jumped in and rigged two lines to recovery chains attached to the frame under the grading blade of the mini.
"I used two lines off the boom with the boom elevated and, with a little help from the drag winch, it came out," he said.

"Once I winched the excavator out," Battelini said, "the owners had to drain the oil and filters to get it to run. Then they transported it themselves. The Old 8212 is the best unit we have ever owned and it still works every day. Very strong!"

(This article originally appeared in the September 21, 2016 edition of Tow Industry Week)

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