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.
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.
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.
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.