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Residents of Florida, the American Southwest and everywhere else where snowfall is greeted with the sort of panic normally reserved for extraterrestrial invasions or the discontinuation of Twinkies, look away. This doesn't concern you.

If you live in a land that's been gripped by the Polar Vortex, has experienced immense, record-breaking amounts of snowfall and has the roads to prove it, though, look on this wonderful machine with joy. It's called the Pothole Killer, and it's here to put the traditional patching crew out of business.

It can repair a pothole in two minutes. That's 120 seconds. It gets better, though, because only one person is needed for the job. Compare that with the amount of time it takes a four-man crew to make a typically dodgy repair job, and the Pothole Killer is a big improvement. It's not perfect, though, as shown in a report from Detroit's ABC affiliate.

The mixture used to patch the holes is 35 percent water, which limits the machine's use in cold weather. And as shown in the news report, even though it's plenty quick to make repairs, a few brutal winters are all that are needed to destroy roads all over again. That said, the speed of repairs and the reduction in man power do have their advantages.

What about the cost, though? Well, the machine itself is $335,800, according to Gizmodo. Municipalities can rent it for three months for $130,000, or about $43,300 per month, which, believe it or not, is more affordable than running a four-man crew, which includes labor costs, fuel for the trucks and asphalt (not to mention the slower, less reliable repairs). Monroe County, MI, where this video was shot, has already spent over $100,000 this spring, when repair season generally runs well into the summer. It's not the best solution to the pothole problem, but it seems better than what's been done in the past.

This article originally appeared on Autoblog.


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      Bob Sounder
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen these four man crew out there working. Three are leaning on shovels.And one is scratching his head thinking.
      cmax383666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still going to take 4 people plus the training for operators and backup.These things are money gougers on a different level.
      wwwest4u44
      • 1 Year Ago
      first of all those are some pretty shitty pothole's being filled by those men. how long have you been doing potholes ? 2 weeks ? Oregon is the pothole capitol. i can get a pothole to stay in until we can get back and pave it permately ? my personal best was over 3 yrs ? with bag mix ? you just have to know what your doing. ya just can't toss it and run ? willing to train your people how to do it right ? $$$$$$$ 28 yrs ex
      rivers360
      • 1 Year Ago
      This new technology is fine. It isn't meant to be a substitute for repaving entire roadways. Who ever inventited it...they were smart and should be commended. Let me know when the company goes public. I'll invest my $8 saving in it. More if I had more. BTY: Obama is making my $8 into $6 as fast as he can.
      SPQR
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should us that machine on Congress
      Happy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jefferson La has used this machine on the street in front of my business for 3 years. Still takes 4 men to run the machine. The street is in such bad shape now, that to drive more than 10 miles an hour is hard on vehicles! We also have drivers dodging the high spots left by the "pothole maker". Just fix the street already!
      fspoon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someday they will perfect this machine just like most things get better and better--like a computer. We just need competition.
      dssmalik
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would save muncipalities a lot of money in time, wages, pensions and health insurance benefits.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is just another band aid fix, not a real cure. Grind the road, and resurface it. That's a fix for the problem. Also concrete roads and not good for the north east or any other cold place. Cold weather causes frost, which makes the road heath. (life up) when the plow comes along, the break it off in sections. Never ending problem. It's actually best if all concrete road surface is removed, put new gravel road bed, 6 inches of binder, in two separate layers, than 4 inches of top. Asphalt is cheaper than concrete, and is easier to cut out and redo if you need to. Patching concrete is never a permanent fix. Spend the money and do it right rather than 100,000 dollar temp fix every year or 6 months.
        gposner29
        • 1 Year Ago
        Timmy we could easily do this but what about Syria, Afghanistan, Botswainia, Egypt, Pakistan etc all with their hands in our pockets?
      Charlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Screw the corrupt unions...vote anything other than democrat....all unions are partnered with the DNC..it's that simple...no logic, no listening to the will of the people, liberal democrats only care about union votes and delving out money to get them...so why would you vote for this corruption
        Vin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charlie
        Speaking of corruption, how are you GOPee'ers doing with all that nothing you've been doing since the black man was elected OUR president. ( hate to tell you but that picture of you isn't very flattering ! )
          angalmarketing2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vin
          Actually; he isn't a "black" man but rather a white/black man or rather a mulatto; sick of him referring to himself as black just to get the blacks to vote Democrat.
          angalmarketing2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vin
          Actually; he isn't a "black" man but rather a white/black man or rather a mulatto; sick of him referring to himself as black just to get the blacks to vote Democrat.
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is nothing new.. At least 20 years ago there was a big to-do about a European pothole repair machine that is even more sophisticated than this one (It automatically carved out the old material with a slight undercut, heated the ground to dry it and make the new material bond, put down bonding agent, applied patch an rolled it out with a full weight roller and then sealed the entire patch edging with liquid asphalt.. All operated by one man from a turret on the machine (safer than being on the roadway)... We didn't but any, not one.. Each municipality came up with a different excuse but ultimately job protection.. NYC is a pothole nightmare right now and all our Mayor is interested in is getting rid of horse drawn carriages and intentionally slowing traffic (even more) to reduce pedestrian accidents (his stated target is zero accidents !!!). Both items are patronage to campaign contributors.. until we hold our elected officials accountable to the PUBLIC (not partisans or contributors) we will continue to short change ourselves on things like roadways while they buy the next election with the publics money
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is nothing new.. At least 20 years ago there was a big to-do about a European pothole repair machine that is even more sophisticated than this one (It automatically carved out the old material with a slight undercut, heated the ground to dry it and make the new material bond, put down bonding agent, applied patch an rolled it out with a full weight roller and then sealed the entire patch edging with liquid asphalt.. All operated by one man from a turret on the machine (safer than being on the roadway)... We didn't but any, not one.. Each municipality came up with a different excuse but ultimately job protection.. NYC is a pothole nightmare right now and all our Mayor is interested in is getting rid of horse drawn carriages and intentionally slowing traffic (even more) to reduce pedestrian accidents (his stated target is zero accidents !!!). Both items are patronage to campaign contributors.. until we hold our elected officials accountable to the PUBLIC (not partisans or contributors) we will continue to short change ourselves on things like roadways while they buy the next election with the publics money
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