JCB pothole-fixer arrives in Stoke02 December 2021
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has become the first authority in the UK to take delivery of a JCB PotholePro machines.
The PotholePro allows the contractor or local authority to cut the road defect, crop the edges and clean the hole with one machine – mechanising jobs traditionally done by pothole gangs equipped with jackhammers, floor saws and brooms. Mechanisation halves the cost of pothole repair and allows four times as many holes to be repaired per day, according to the construction equipment manufacturer. JCB’s PotholePro is equipped with a 600mm-wide planer and integrated dust suppression system, enabling the operator to plane a full carriageway from the kerb, without repositioning. The machine also comes with a sweeper/bucket and hydraulic cropping tool, allowing a uniform hole to be prepared by the operator from the comfort of their cab. Mechanisation also protects highways workers the from dust, noise and vibrations of hand tools.
The machine was launched by JCB earlier this year and the council has played a key part in its testing.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said that over the past year it has been able to fix 7,000sqm of patches in just 80 days, which would have taken 758 days using traditional methods. “The work rate and success of this machine speaks for itself.”
JCB’s headquarters is in Rocester, near Stoke-on-Trent.
JCB Heavy Products Ltd
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