Summer Road Maintenance (Road Building & Maintenance)
- A thin blade and sharp edge can penetrate soft ground material with little to no down pressure – which saves you time and reduces fuel expenses.
- A thin and flat blade can be used to cut and reshape the road as well as pull ditches – which will reduce the amount of future road maintenance and increase flexibility.
- A serrated blade can penetrate the ground and bring up more materials to distribute over potholes and wheel ruts – which can reduce future maintenance and get the job completed in less passes
- A corrugated style blade will allow vegetation, fines, and roughage to flow through the holes of the blade – which creates a good mix of surface materials for the roadbed. This style of blade also gives the best cut because it refreshes as it wears, similar to scarifier teeth.
- A flat or curved blade will roll the material along the face of the blade which mixes the fines and redistributes them evenly across the road.
Winter Road Maintenance (Ice & Snow)
- Corrugated, scarifier, or thin grader blades allow operators to easily cut through the ice to remove it with very little down pressure – which saves you time and reduces fuel expenses
- Grader blades can push snow packs while breaking through the frozen ground – which allows sand or salt to react with the surface much quicker.
- Road grading will open up the road surface allowing for grooves that keep salt or sand from being blown off the road by wind or traffic – which reduces your costs on salt/sand while keeping drainage cleaner.
- Thin and sharp grader blades reduce friction and heat – which can otherwise cause the road to become slippery or refreeze as ice patches.
- BluSteel cutting edges reduce the downward pressure required – which allows operators better traction without tire chains.
Common Issues With Grader Blades
Crowning is a typical blade wear pattern that occurs when a cutting edge conforms to the profile of the road being graded. When extreme crowning occurs some operators may opt to try a narrower and/or thinner cutting edge. But an additional step that allows more play in your blades is to use shorter blades (36-48in lengths) that can be rotated inside out, flipped over or inverted to maximize your wear.
The thickness of your cutting edge should be determined by the penetration requirements for your project. Harder or higher impact surfaces benefit from a thinner blade. The thinner blade makes it easier to penetrate the material. For easier surfaces, a thicker blade can be used to extend overall wear life.
The angle at which a grader blade is operated can make your job easier or harder. Each application will have an optimal range that keeps the blade sharpest and offer the best penetration. It is important to understand the best angle for your blade and application.