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Ripping Pot holes

Discussion in 'Motor Graders' started by tinnerjohn, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. ovrszd

    ovrszd Senior Member

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    That would make a huge difference. How many miles of roads?
     
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    Ditto on the horses. Buggy wheels do a number on roads, gravel or paved. Horse manure doesn't work well for filling holes either:rolleyes: John
     
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    If your philosophy is correct, as in, potholes are a symptom of poor drainage, why do highways have potholes? :)

    My roads are generally 24ft wide. Most traffic straddles the center. I hate that. Creates exactly what you are saying it prevents, "low wheel tracks where water pools. Traffic better serves the roadbed to not drive in the same tracks.

    Curious how I enforce traffic to use 4wd when climbing hills? :)
     
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    At the time I thought we were discussing private road accessing one home. It occurs to me a driver education course might help.

    I had the benefit of my father & Hugh Bromley. Hugh was less diplomatic than my father. Neither had any use for a boy old enough to drive who let his wheels down in the rut. By age 9, I was aware that was unacceptable. These men judged the value of a younger generation by these standards & knew which newcomers were beyond respect based on their driving skills.

    "STAY TO F%^&K OUT OF THE MUD!!!!!!!

    My son was about 9 when my imported from a Pennsylvania suburb friend came up to our land bragging: "I made it all the way up the hill in two wheel drive! I spun all the way, but I made it!" Seth has not respected him since.

    Stewardship of land has become a political catch phrase. Maybe it's time to teach the framework of the term. It isn't working to hope the public will get it. Training a dog begins on a leash. Drivers are a little harder to train than a dog.
     
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    Next time I see him I'll ask. We do chip in with our personal equipment to help maintain roadsides and driveway fantails.
     
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    Are we discussing paved highways? I believe that is another subject.
    No, I've never seen a pothole in a gravel road that did not involve standing water.
     
  7. cuttin edge

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    The government has their own graders to do any dirt roads, but most are paved or chip sealed. I sometimes think that if they were gravel, at least you could grade them now and again when they get rough. I find speed to be an enemy, especially when heavy trucks are involved. I do a haul road into one of our gravel pits. It's actually a government road, but they don't maintain it. Mostly just camps and a few gravel pits. Takes about a day and a half to do it in the spring. If it is really dry, I can use up a new cutting edge no problem. You know the kind of material that makes that hissing sound as you scrape it. Too many miles to scarify so you lean wheels, articulate a bit set your jaw so you don't bite your tongue and off you go. A driver once told me any man that can grade a road with no fines left on it must have some idea what he's doing. Anyway, I tell the boys all the time. It only takes 40 minutes to get in the road at 50km an hour, you're paid by the hour, why do you need to go 80? They start going fast, and it starts to get wash boardy, then it gets worse and worse until it's full of potholes again.
     
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    good luck with teaching todays drivers anything...…..
     
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    There are still a lot of good kids out in the country. City kids are mostly rotten. I judge youth by how long I assess they would stay alive if/when the grid goes down. Even at churches in Texas cities, kids are soft and woefully unprepared for the physical world. Out here many kids rope calves, raise goats, build things with their hands. And they drive well.
     
  10. ovrszd

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    That's a Catch-22 isn't it? We work to smooth the road. We do a great job of it. Traffic speeds up because it's now smooth. And the circle continues..... :(
     
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    Well, electric cars will save us.
    Wait, wut? They're heavier than gassers?