The Python 5000 a self-propelled pothole patching machine. One person can easily carry out the entire patching operation — without ever leaving the comfort of the operator’s cab. Python 5000 will repair some of the biggest potholes you’ll encounter — but it is so economical and so easy to use, you’ll be able to tackle those potholes long before they get big enough to be a problem.
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The new pothole-filling machine, from Python Manufacturing, mends holes in just 30 to 60 seconds. A single operator drives the machine to the repair site, parks, and then uses a joystick to deploy the machineâ€™s four-foot tool-equipped arm. First, an air jet blasts debris and water out of the hole. Next, itâ€™s sprayed with tack oil, which helps the finished patch stick to the surrounding road. Finally, the operator uses the truckâ€™s tool arm to fill the hole with an asphalt mix, rake it, and pack it down with a roller. The roller applies the same amount of force as a standard road-paving machine, so the patches the Python makes often last until itâ€™s time to repave the entire road. The company estimates that over five years, owners of the $290,000 Python could save $125.61 per ton of pothole repairâ€”or about 40 percent over the standard method. So far, road crews in California, Colorado and Virginia are using the machines.