SAVE YOUR MOTOR GRADER FOR THE TOUGH JOBS, USE THE SHOULDER GRADER FR YOUR SHOULDERS.
- Save Fuel, wear & tear with a simpler more cost effective machine than a motor grader.
- Inexpensive tool to use when Motor Graders are busy (Construction Projects).
- Ability to use less experienced personnel.
- On the go adjust ability for ease of operation.
- Heavy built for both strength and weight.
- Very little horse power required (50 HP Tractor).
Our research has shown us that the average cost to run a Motor Grader is 90.00-120.00 per hour, and the average cost to run a Tractor with our Shoulder Grader is 40.00 per hour.
This cost difference is in the cost per hour for a Heavy Equipment Operator vs a Laborer, as well as the difference between 12 liters of fuel per hour vs 3 liters of fuel per hour.
Our Shoulder Grader’s front cylinder adjusts up and down to modify the amount of gravel drawn towards the pavement, while our rear cylinder adjusts up and down to modify how far back the gravel is spread.
Watch the Shoulder Grader in action
Reasons to grade shoulders more often
In my experience I have seen that counties tend to grade the shoulders of the road only twice yearly.
Once in the spring and again in the fall. Reasons to grade more often would be :
- Gravel retention – Most shoulders are lacking gravel. Gravel washes into the ditch from every
rain. In order to retain your gravel grading is necessary. Depending on the year, shoulders may
need to be graded more often due to rainfall. Gravel costs money, trucking gravel costs more
money. Saving gravel will keep that money in your budget instead of in the ditch.
- Dangerous edges off the road. – Many road edges have a steep drop from the pavement. This is
a danger zone for motorists especially tractor trailers. When one has to pull over for any
reason, perhaps an emergency stop, they could lose control when shoulders are low. A
motorcycle would have to be very careful to pull off on some shoulders. Flat tires are a very
good reason for people to pull off the road and that is already traumatic enough for a motorist to
deal with, low shoulders make it even more traumatic. The shoulder also offer farmers a way to
pull equipment down the road and maintain only half the road. Some equipment may even scar
the edge of the pavement if the drop is to significant.
- Undermining the pavement of the road. – When shoulders are lower then the pavement lays, the
base starts to come from under the pavement and washes onto the shoulder and then into the
ditch. As motorists drive on undermined edges of the pavement, the pavement gives way and
repairs may be required to the pavement.
Some counties have discussed the option of being able to grade at the same time as cutting the ditch
grass. In some cases, both machines can be hooked up at the same time and be run with the same
tractor. A camera can be installed in the cab to help the operator control the grader that is behind while
maintaining a forward focus on the road and the ditch mowing.