Constant tire scuffing and rubber removals have a tendency to polish runway surfaces. Major airports in the United States and Canada specify the Skidabrader exclusively to bring their runway texture back into FAA compliance. These runway surfaces are abraded bi-directionally, which modifies both groove edges equally in one pass. This Skidabrader modification creates excellent friction numbers while reducing tire wear and rubber build-up, which allows for longer intervals between rubber removals. Some airports report this modification done periodically, actually pays for itself in reduced rubber removal requirements.
In 1994, NASA needed a surface modification for their Shuttle Landing Runway in Florida. Engineers conducted months of extensive tests with competing methods claiming to reduce tire wear. The goal was a surface modification that would allow the $2 billion shuttle to land safely in a 20 knot crosswind, which before had been too dangerous. The Skidabrader with its bi-directional surface modification out-performed all major competitors, and was selected. The 15,000' x 300' wide runway was completed to specifications by 2 Skidabraders in just 8 working days, and it is still performing to their expectations today.
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