Pavement marking removal tool and method

  • US 5,775,781 A
  • Filed: 01/24/1997
  • Issued: 07/07/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/26/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for removing pavement markings, said method comprising:

  • providing a drum unit with a plurality of cutting bit holders secured to its outer cylindrical surface and a plurality of cutting bits that can be repeatedly installed in and removed from the holders, the holders and cutting bits being arranged so as to produce chipping grooves in pavement sufficiently closely spaced for removing pavement markings and a thin layer of underlying pavement while leaving an acceptably smooth surface, and the holders and cutting bits being arranged in a repeating chevron pattern oriented for lateral movement of removed marking and pavement material towards the ends of the drum unit;

    mounting the drum unit in a drive unit on a horizontal rotational axis; and

    rotating the drum unit and employing the rotating drum unit to remove pavement markings.

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