A Little Skidabrader History
The name Skidabrader represents a high production pavement texturing service for the transportation industry. This large fleet of 1,000 horsepower shot blast machines can quickly and inexpensively transform slick pavement into one that resists skidding, hydroplaning and helps to prevent roadway departures.
Skidabrader originally started in 1979 as Humble Equipment Co. in Humble, Texas. Early “prototype” machinery was used for concrete overlay projects, routinely preparing a mile a day of 24 foot wide roadway. Most of these overlay projects are still in use today. Skidabrader contracting and manufacturing experience has enabled them to evolve into the most powerful and productive surface preparation machine today.
Some noteworthy jobs that Skidabrader has done would be in 1994 when NASA needed a surface modification for its Florida shuttle-landing runway. Two machines completed 15,000 x 300 ft. wide runway to specifications in just eight working days. Also in 2011 Skidabrader textured 1,794,662 square yards on interstate highways in Louisiana.
Skidabrader services the needs of airport and highway engineers who have structurally sound pavement with surface problems. The most technologically advanced equipment, operated professionally, allows maximum productivity in short work windows. Fully instrumented controls and plenty of horsepower insures the operator can quickly and easily produce the specified surface every time, without excuses.
Blastrac founded in 1978 under the Wheelabrader Group is the inventor of the portable shot-blast machine. Blastracs' purchase of Skidabrader in 2019 adds this unique and patented technology to the worlds largest shot-blasting equipment portfolio. Skidabrader powered by Blastrac's global presence and resources can now be available to all airport and transportation departments in North America. This necessary tool and capacity will create safer roads and runways at a fraction of the cost of replacement.