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Carbide-Tipped Road Grading Systems Outperform Standard Blades

Gravel roads have 3 main elements.

  1. A crowned driving surface
  2. A shoulder area that slopes directly away from the edge of the driving surface
  3. A ditch

The basic shape of the cross section must be correct, or a gravel road will not perform well, even under very low traffic. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on July 3, 2018 by Anne Brower

6 Types of Road Maintenance

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), There are approximately 4,071,000 miles (6,552,000 km) of roads in the United States, with 2,678,000 miles (4,310,000 km) paved and 1,394,000 miles (2,243,000km) unpaved.

Keeping these roads in working condition requires a ton of maintenance. Depending on the health of the road, varying degrees of upkeep are required. Here are six types of road maintenance that can be used for each job.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on June 26, 2018 by Anne Brower

Ground Engaging Tools: What is a Scarifier?

A scarifier is used for tearing up pavement, or when a gravel road surface is too hard for a standard motor grader blade to cut through. It can also be used to break up packed ice and asphalt. 

Scarifying can be done by attaching extremely strong “teeth” to the grader that dig into hard surfaces without damaging the grader blade.  It has 11 removable teeth that can be adjusted to cut a maximum depth of 12 inches.  There are options to use both scarifier teeth and tools depending on the job. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on June 19, 2018 by Anne Brower

It's Risky Business to Use the Wrong Plow Bolt

Using the wrong bolt can result in lost production time, costly maintenance time or expensive equipment damage. Look for the Xtendor® logo to ensure you are using the highest quality fastener on the market today. Don’t take a chance on using the wrong bolt when assembling your plow blade and scarifier blade systems. 

This entry was posted in hardware, plow bolt on June 12, 2018 by Anne Brower

Glossary of Road Maintenance Terms

Are you new to the industry or just confused by some of the road maintenance terminology? Here is a brief glossary of some of the more widely used terms in the road maintenance industry. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools on June 7, 2018 by Anne Brower

Road Repair Techniques: Repairing vs. Reshaping

Gravel roads are farm to market roadways.  As traffic has increased and gravel roads become more prevalent and are carrying larger loads it’s imperative to follow good maintenance protocol to keep roads safe and stable. You can think about gravel road maintenance in two categories: repairing and reshaping.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on June 5, 2018 by Anne Brower

Top 3 Winter® Highlights from the APWA Snow & Ice Show 2018

If you recall, we recently exhibited at the APWA Snow & Ice Show 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We're so grateful to everyone who stopped by our booth and Chill Zone to say hello.

This entry was posted in trade shows, APWA, events on June 1, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

Not All Motor Graders Are Created Equal

This entry was posted in Milling Tools, Graders on May 29, 2018 by Anne Brower

4 Simple Ways to Make Safety a Priority When Trenching

Pre-planning is immensely important to excavation work. No matter how many trenching, shoring and backfilling jobs you’ve completed in the past, it’s important to approach each new job with care and preparation.

Many on-the-job incidents result from inadequate initial planning. Having to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping mid-project slows down the operation, adds to the cost of the project and makes a cave-in or other excavation failure more likely.1

Here are our top planning tips for trenching jobs.

This entry was posted in safety, Milling Tools, trenching on May 22, 2018 by Anne Brower

Rubber vs. Steel Cutting Edges

The cutting edge used to clear away snow and ice during a weather event does matter and not all are created equal. In this post, we’ll take a look at two common blade options – steel and rubber. We’ll address the features, benefits, and challenges associated with both.

This entry was posted in cutting edges, rubber blades, steel blades on May 21, 2018 by Jordan Killam
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