October 2005

Hertz’s John Deere rental fleet transforms landfill golf course

Moline, IL— Quarry Hills Associates in Boston, Massachusetts, had a tough job ahead of them: reshaping what was once a landfill into a recreational mecca with a beautiful golf course.

Located almost eight miles south of downtown Boston and adjacent to the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation and the Boston and Quincy harbors, the 259-acre recreational complex offered a beautiful setting and fantastic views. It also provided plenty of challenges. Initially backfilled to depths of 10 to 60 feet, with dirt trucked onsite, it was capped with 12 inches of Boston Blue Clay—like icing on a cake—before the building and sculpting of fairways and greens could begin.

“It’s part of the largest earthmoving job ever done in New England, possibly the entire eastern seaboard,” said Walter Hannon, vice president of Quarry Hills Associates. “We tested 13 million tons of soil for contamination, hauled it to the site, and placed it to backfill the landfill.”

Machines in use on the site included John Deere 550C, 650C and 750C Crawler Dozers; 270C LC and 330C LC Excavators; 30-ton articulated dump trucks; John Deere loaders and 410G Backhoes.

Service was a key to winning the Quarry Hills contract. Hertz worked together with Schmidt Equipment, the John Deere dealer in North Oxford, Massachusetts, to deliver service and parts.

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