Aussie Redneck Road Grader
Posted by keelynet on March 4, 2009
For those of us who sometimes travel dirt or unpaved roads, especially on a motorcycle, nothing is more teeth jarring than ripples and holes from an ungraded road. So this invention caught my eye as something a lot of places could easily build and use, especially with all the piles of wornout tires that could still be used for something beneficial to a lot of people.
“Roger Chapman has worked and lived on remote Aboriginal communities and in Alice Springs for years. He understands the cost of repairs and maintenance on roads and the vehicles that travel on them. He’s invented the “Road Transformer” — a simple road `grooming’ device that flattens corrugations, fills potholes and generally smooths the surface. The device, a simple steel construction of several sections of train line bolted together, is dragged behind any 4WD vehicle or tractor. Roger believes the device could be used by indigenous communities, mining companies and other remote service providers to help maintain roads between government grading programs. He said: “Graders are expensive, and most roads only get the chance for a grading once or twice a year. “But, in the meantime, the roads get into a really bad state of disrepair. “Not only does that cost the government and councils to maintain the roads, but it causes a lot of vehicle damage, and part replacement costs. “The advantage of this is that it is a ready solution for easy regular road maintenance, and it could provide opportunities for indigenous employment out on communities. “It also could keep the roads in a much safer condition for industries like tourism and pastoralism _ these are all groups that could benefit from my invention.” Roger said a further advantage of his device was the use of attainable, recycled materials. “The entire thing is made out of old train lines from the Ghan, and used tyres. “What I like to say about it is: People can wear their tyres out on the road, then wear the road out on their tyres.” – Source
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