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Motor Graders

Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:32 am

During summer construction season I see lots of graders. Many names like Caterpillar, Champion, Volvo and John Deere. What is the best one? Champion? Any one have experience operating one?
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RE: Motor Graders

Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:45 am

Quoting B741 (Thread starter):
What is the best one?

Would probably depend on many variables! Many graders end up working for over 30 years (most paving contractors don't use their graders as often as other kinds of machinery), so it would be hard to compare a 'seasoned veteran' like that to a brand new machine, no matter what the make is. Never operated one myself, but I have heard that good grader operators are always in high demand. If you've seen what the controls on a grader look like, you understand why! Big grin


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RE: Motor Graders

Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:51 am

My favorite motor grater  cloudnine 



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RE: Motor Graders

Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:54 am

Gee, whatever happened to Galion and Austin-Western?

My dog got run over by the front wheels of a Cat 212 grader and survived. He didn't like it much and checked his six more often after that.
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RE: Motor Graders

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:53 am

There were also Allis Chalmers, Huber, Austin Western and Clark graders. But they all were probably merged. Alot of competition back then.
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RE: Motor Graders

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:15 am

Quoting LY744 (Reply 1):
Never operated one myself, but I have heard that good grader operators are always in high demand. If you've seen what the controls on a grader look like, you understand why!

The trend now for larger jobs is to integrate automated control based on differential GPS making them much easier to operate. A large driver for this technology is the difficulty in finding and training qualified operators.
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RE: Motor Graders

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:22 am

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 5):
The trend now for larger jobs is to integrate automated control based on differential GPS

Is that used for setting the grade?


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RE: Motor Graders

Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:19 pm

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
My dog got run over by the front wheels of a Cat 212 grader and survived.

God, that sounds like a Aleutian story.

I can think of three people who had dogs run over by various construction equipmnet.

And this was in a town of less then 200.
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RE: Motor Graders

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:19 pm

Quoting LY744 (Reply 6):
Is that used for setting the grade?

Yes, see this for more info: http://www.topconatwork.com/PDFs/TAW_Markham_SR.pdf
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RE: Motor Graders

Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:13 pm




Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
And this was in a town of less then 200.

People or dogs?

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RE: Motor Graders

Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:29 am

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 8):
Yes, see this for more info: http://www.topconatwork.com/PDFs/TAW...R.pdf

Ah, Those things. They've been popping up everywhere over the past few years. On large projects anyways, graders and dozers. Didn't know they were GPS though, thought it was laser based like the handheld ones.


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