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  • Apr 24th 2014 at 12:32PM
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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.

Take a look below to see it in action.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      There will never be a road fix solution in Michigan because the crooked MI legislature is in the pocket of the crooked MI roadbuilding industry. Gov. Snyder has been trying to get even minimal road repair legislation thru the MI Congress. His proposals (or anybody else's) never get out of committee. Telegraph Rd, a major thoroughfare, has been rebuilt twice in 20 years–the last time about 6 years ago. It started falling apart the day it was finished. In downtown Detroit, I375 was constructed over 20 years ago using Northern European construction techniques and materials. It's only been starting to show its age in the past 5 years. It is the only road of its kind ever built in MI.
      John Ward
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if we just started paving a roads thicker like germany or something? It would cost more upfront but I bet it would save in the longer run.
        Hedo D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Ward
        Yeah but then gov't will end up charging higher tax for this "up keep." Well if the roads here are actually going to be smooth as ones in Germany, I can finally decide to add a German car as my next option.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recall an old article from Popular Mechanics that demoed a low-profile bus that could repair potholes at ~30mph because it had multi-stepped tools underneath. First tool scanned the depth of the pothole, second tool dispensed the patch, third tool compacted it and fourth tool brushed up the remaining debris for recycling.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the only reason why I would want an SUV with high profile tires for a trip through DC. Potholes suck.
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have this in Montreal and it's not worth spit.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure this would be more efficient than a 15 man road crew.
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a lot of water vapor spray coming off of that, and I'm sure those particle carry a good bit of tar. Keep your car away from the downwind side of it while it's working if you value your paint job. Also, it might be a good idea for the worker to wear at the very least, a dust mask.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Penndot use them all over 95. Thats why when your riding down the highway the stones get back thrown back at your windshield and crack them. The three man crew work better
      Mr. O
      • 1 Year Ago
      think your potholes are bad? Come take a ride here in Quebec...
      • 1 Year Ago
      That piece of garbage doesn't work. The potholes become bumps that are equally as annoying as potholes. Then they break down. Not to mention all the debris left behind for cars in front to kick up onto your windshield.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      My original comment was removed, basically this contraption is crap! All it does is make tons or little rocks that get kicked up and chip paint and break windshields! They need to make sure they sweep up all debris after putting this stuff down!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Penndot use them all over 95. Thats why when your riding down the highway the stones get back thrown back at your windshield and crack them. The 3 guy
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