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A grader, also commonly referred to as a blade or a motor grader, is an engineering vehicle with a large blade used to create a flat surface. Typical models have three axles, with the engine and cab situated above the rear axles at one end of the vehicle and a third axle at the front end of the vehicle, with the blade in between.
In civil engineering, the grader’s purpose is to “finish grade” (refine, set precisely) the “rough grading” performed by heavier engineering vehicles such as scrapers and bulldozers.
The job of a grader is to make a surface flat and smooth. They can be used to make tracks, roads, airstrips, to prepare foundations, and numerous other applications that require a flat smooth surface.
Graders have three pairs of wheels and a blade that is used to perform the grading function. This blade is set in such a way as to provide the fine grade that is required for many engineering applications.
Graders are also very effective at snow clearing. They are used in many towns and cities around the United States for this purpose. If you are interested in learning more about graders, please contact us at Associated Training Services.