NY Highways Pothole Pro Case Study
Case Study: JCB Pothole Pro – June 2022 Trial
Contact Name: Afzal Deen (NY Highways)
Contact Number: 07890 068639
Contact Organisation: NY Highways Ltd
Contact Details: Terry Whitby (T.C Harrison JCB)
Contact Number: 077687 92884
My good idea was…
The new JCB Pothole Pro is a unique 3-in-1 solution specifically designed to rectify any pothole repair or large reinstatement operations, efficiently, economically, and permanently. Because it comes with 3 dedicated attachments to cut, crop and clean, there’s no need for additional specialist equipment or extra manpower, saving you both time and money.
|-Eliminate hand arm vibration syndrome||-1 pothole in 8 minutes||-Dedicated cropping tool to square off edges|
|-Reduce the time spent in live carriageways||-less time roading, more time working||-Increased productivity means defects can be repaired while small in size|
|-Eliminate the need for a sweeper on site||-300m2 in a single shift||-The ability to repair a wide variety of defects and locations|
Please see the rest of the table below:
|-3 machines in 1||-5 year/4000hrs machine warranty (excluding attachments)|
|-Significantly reducing the cost per defect||-2 week operator training (can be split between 1 or 2 operators)|
|-A variety of different finance options available||-Livelink telematics for 5 years and Dealer support|
Benefits, environmental, cost savings, Heath and Safety
Utilising the Pothole Pro with NY Highways will enable the team to carry out a variety of repair types, spanning the full breadth of our road network. Designed to operate across rural and urban locations, the Pothole Pro can be used to tackle a range of defects varieties, including hot rolled asphalt.
During the demonstration, the Pothole Pro carried out permanent repairs using the unique cut, crop and clean method.
The machine offered a number of health and safety benefits to all of our employees and the general public on site. The operator has a full 360 view of the surrounding area when inside the cab, spotting every potential hazard. Furthermore, the self-sufficiency of the machine reduces the amount of personal operating in the carriageway.
The machine enables the team to work within a full closure or a single lane closure.
Visibility is also greater for the machine operator thanks to how compact the machine is.
The main benefits of the JCB Pothole Pro over our traditional methods are, safety, productivity, environmental, and cost. The equipment is designed to require only one operator who can set all the attachments and work from the safety of the cab, so there is no exposure to the live road environment and there is no manual handling. It also offers a number of benefits to our employees, in particularly eliminating health and safety concerns that are common with the industry, such as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The machine crops the edges with absolutely no need to use vibration tools, this eliminates HAVS exposure and reduces the health impacts and subsequent claims from white finger.
The capacity of the unit allows for a full day of operation, and it delivers significantly lower cost per tonne compared to our traditional road defect repair methods, currently used. PotholePro customer data which encompasses material, labour and machinery has resulted in their customers dramatically reducing their cost per defect – some by up to 50%. With the analysis we have conducted, we expect to see similar results. Furthermore, whilst achieving a permanent repair and easily fixing all of the defects within a location.
The JCB Pothole Pro is fitted with a Stage V EPA compliant engine containing the latest in emissions technology, this means reduced engine emissions and hourly fuel consumption is low. The Pothole Pro operates as a self contained unit, meaning extra vehicles and tools such as sweepers, breakers and transport which would traditionally deliver machinery to site, are no longer required. This has a carbon reduction and a cost reduction, with no additional need to use transport. With the backlog we experience today – the increased output would enable us to tackle this, whilst reducing our cost per defect.
The JCB Pothole Pro was demonstrated was between the 6th and 10th of June, please see below a break down of the demonstration.
Summary of Demonstration
Week / YTD Comparison
As you can see from the table above we could increase our productivity by 260%, with a very high quality of repair.
On Demo day one the machine completed 207.5[m2] ,this is what our current methods achieve in one week. The ground crew felt they could have potentially doubled their output on the demonstration if there was a hotbox and a Mini Paver on site plus the machine not working in a demonstration environment. To gain the most productivity the ground crew would need a mini paver onsite which would increase cost, yet maintain productivity. We would also advise a full road closure to allow the machine and prep work to always be in front to maximise the gangs working time on site. Please see in cost analysis that a estimated mini paver cost has been added to the analysis.
Key Live Link (Telematics) Data from demo – 06/06/2022 to 10/06/2022
Please see below the telematics data for the demonstration provided by JCB.
Below is a breakdown of our current methods vs the evidence from the PotholePro trial
Labour – 8 men
-2 Traffic Ambassadors
-2 Wagon drivers (waste and tarmac)
-4 land lay tarmacking gang
£34.64 per hr, per man, 8 hr shifts.
-1 Roller £180 including delivery and collection per week
– general small tools / power tool
Rate includes average for vehicles and tools.
£11,084.80 for the week.
Plus a rooming supervisor (costs booked to overheads)
10mm close graded surface course
Approximately 90 tonnes over 5 day
£79.45 pet tonnes of material
Total cost for Material: £7,150.50
Cost per week Analysis
Comparing the rental of a skid steer vs owning the asset of the PotholePro is a challenge. Therefore for the cost comparison, the PotholePro total asset cost is divided by 4 years (208 weeks). Although, this does not include the residual value of the asset after this period.
JCB Pothole Pro / Driver Training
Total cost of ownership for 12 months (Consumable parts)
Gallery and Final Results