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Filling potholes

  • 04-12-2022 8:41pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,228 ✭✭✭

    Anyone know if there is a tractor implement you can get for filling potholes? Kind of like a hopper where you can let out gravel as you drive along.

    I'm sick of shovelling the gravel out of a trailer with a shovel....


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭Jb1989

    Definitely should be shoving out of a power box at the least, with it tilted out just enough fo flick the shovel out.

    Other wise tip box of gravel in heaps and gently grade in nicely from the tractor seat.

    Landleveller to heaps of gravel or just loosen the lane itself either.

    Other wise its just a case of makeing a drain to the side to stop the potholes building up in the first place, trapped water and springs bursting up cause most potholes.

    Drainage is the only close, once and for all option to stop potholes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,558 ✭✭✭✭Say my name

    I saw a tow behind a lorry or trailer, box grader once at a farm walk. Fairly sure it was a homemade job though.

    Would a ripper and blade work if there's perhaps enough filling on the lane as is?

    Would that suit? He's near Baltinglass.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,667 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    I remember watching a YT video on farm roadways - I think it was the fella with the outside cubicles - and he said that roadways should be 5m wide so that you can drive across the full width in order to prevent rutting. If we went to that extreme, there'd be nothing for the cows to eat but stones!

    We use a front-end loader and tilt it over so the shovel man only has to scrape it into the pothole and level it. So a similar setup to Jb1989. Rolled in with front wheel of the tractor with fully loader to get it well compressed.

    Can you get a front-end loader or power box for the job? Unless you're a giant or it's a short roadway filling from a trailer will knacker you before its finished.

    Flat roadways are a nightmare and almost impossible to prevent potholing. Fine road planings laid at the height of summer is the best thing that I've used.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,339 ✭✭✭Lime Tree Farm

    Sorry for butting in, any advice on tarmac patching 3 potholes. They are shallow potholes at the moment, about 28cm diameter. The lane has silage and slurry tanker traffic at harvesting time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,558 ✭✭✭✭Say my name

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,339 ✭✭✭Lime Tree Farm

    Can't go too far wrong at that price - 25 kg for €20. Thanks for that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,667 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    We've used that before. Used the head of a sledgehammer to tamp it in.

    Lasted well, but the stuff we had was quite open so water can get down into it and burst out during frost.