We live 16 miles east of Kingman Arizona. We have a 4 mile road that we work on continually. It is possibly the toughest material to deal with, consisting of caliche clay, dirt, sand, and small rocks to large boulders.
Its as hard as concrete to which we have destroyed a 3 point hitch blade in less than a month. Being in Arizona , our rain is few and far between, leading to less time spent working on our road. So after a decade of paying a grader operator or working on it ourselves, we found the Roadrunner Grader. The reviews were incredible and almost unbelievable.
So after communicating with Steve and Kathryn Smucker at Roadrunner Equipment, we determined it to be the best built piece of equipment and that if needed, you could replace every part . We ordered it with the serrated blade, the end of January and received it the middle of March. When we pick it up, we were awestruck. It looked indestructible! Brought it home and gave it a try. Hooked it to our 1969 Massey Ferguson 135 tractor. Didn't know how the tractor would handle lifting it but there were no issues.
For the test, we headed for our tough road that is like concrete. Running at idle power, the serrated blade on the roadrunner started pulling the rocks, small to large out of the ground. If the rocks were to larger, it would shear them off or shatter them. Amazing! The rear blade does a great job at smoothing. This machine is so heavy, it stays on the ground. No bouncing.
Our friends and neighbors couldn't believe that it did such an incredible job fixing the road. We love the giant T handles with the grease fittings that adjust the blades. So easy to use. This indestructible machine have easily paid for itself as we will never have to hirer a road grader again.This equipment is over built and worth owning. It's just a joy to operate. Thank you for an awesome, overbuilt, made in the USA product.
David and Susan Tatter
I purchased one of the Roadrunner 7' road grades and used it on my 1/2 mile driveway right away and I have to say that I was so impressed with the design and ease of use, it made the job so quick and effortless. I looked for a long time for the right unit and would recommend this product to anyone because of quality, customer service and expectation. Thank you to both Steven and Kathryn for all your help.
Z Homes and Properties LLC
I used it this spring for the first time on our mile long gravel road and drive way. A couple passes and the deep pot holes were filled back in and are gone. With the blade depth adjustments, I was able to get the drive way shaped with a nice crown to shed water. There are no more puddles to get splashed out into large pot holes. The weight of my Roadrunner grader really made a difference from other back blades and box scrapers that I have tried before that seemed to cause skipping and hopping, making uneven waves in dry gravel. With the Roadrunner grader, grading was steady, stable and smooth going, no bouncing, hopping or skipping. The Roadrunner grader did a great job on very hard and dry packed gravel road and driveway, as they say, Work is fun when you are doing it with the right tool. It is obvious that the man that designed this tool, did have to use it. I am glad that I researched all the options I could find before making this investment.
Oconto Falls, WI
I've only used it once on my 1/4 mile rock drive and it made all the difference in the world. I used a box blade before and it never did anything close to the Roadrunner grader. I was going to have some more rock hauled in, but because I can now, cut the sides and crown the drive, I won't need to for a while. I was also impressed on the quality, and the way it is constructed. I will be sure and tell everyone what a great piece of machinery it is.Thanks!
We purchased the Roadrunner grader to help maintain about 40 miles of ranch roads in the heavy rocky area of southwest Texas. The unit is pulled with a JD 5085E, 4WD, with loader. We experienced 3 back to back flash floods in the area in 2016 requiring major rework of roads, not just maintenance. After running the unit 3 to 4 trips, we were able to smooth the roads from 2 to 5 MPH travel with trucks to 15 to 25 MPH travel. On the last trip we apply the roller with down pressure which packs the material and breaks the smaller limestone rocks leaving an all weather road with a crown that holds up rather well. To help with front wheel traction in pulling a heavy laden grader with material, we would load the bucket on the tractor. All in all, we are pleased with the performance to the grader.
The grader is working very well for our family. We have a very long-gravel driveway. I am 42 years old. Throughout my youth, I spent many days filling potholes and dressing/maintaining the same piece of road. The Roadrunner saves a lot of time and effort. It does a fantastic job. I frequently express, to my parents, how welcome the implement would've been had it been available when I was very young. I work for a fire department here in central Virginia. A lot of my fellow employees have a business on the side, usually involving landscaping or property improvements. I recommend your product with the highest praise and support. Thank you for your service and product. Please express our gratitude to your family and your employees for the workmanship and quality of a fine piece of equipment.
-Doug Renn, Prince George, Virginia
I REALLY like the grader - I have only done about 3 miles of road with it so far and it performed totally as you said it would - the scarifying/serrated blade really worked great on the roads with grass growing up in it - after going over them once or twice the grass totally disappeared; with the hydraulic cylinder on the one side it was easy to put a crown on the roads, and for cutting in a daylight ditch on the side of the road. I have not had a chance to use the 3-point yet - I have only used it on the Cat skidsteer, which it worked great with. I cannot say enough good about it and after doing research for quite a bit with your competitors I am VERY Happy I chose your product. I will be working with it this coming year and if I run into any thing I feel could be changed I will let you know. THANK YOU once again for your GREAT service and help in this purchase.
-Jack C. Carder
With the frozen ground I have really only had one weekend that I have had a chance to use it and the ground was more wet than would be ideal as it didn't want to waterfall over the blades but instead stick. With that being said, using it in less than optimal conditions it is absolutely better than I had ever dreamt it to work. My potholes are gone and there were a lot of huge ones on my 3/4-mile driveway. Everyone that comes over can't believe how nice the driveway is. I can't wait to use it in optimal conditions. Thanks for making a true quality American made piece of equipment.
We love it can't beat it for the money. Thanks!
- John Canto
I am so glad we purchased the trench paver; it worked out better than I had expected. As with everything, you have some fine-tuning but the results are excellent. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to do small patching. We set it up around 4-feet wide and build up the edge of the road and smooth out the wheel ruts. It works excellent!
-Tom Shafer, Greenfield Twp Road Supervisor
I am thrilled with the roadrunner. I maintain roughly a mile of dirt and gravel paths. I found I can achieve better results in about 1/3 the time it took with my box blade. It is a great and rugged product.
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