This year at the APWA World Congress and Exposition, Python Manufacturing will be displaying its solution to the never-ending job of repairing potholes.
The Python 5000 is a one-person operated pothole patcher that can permanently repair the average pothole in about two minutes. It is the only one-person operated pothole patcher that uses all standard hot or cold asphalt mixes. The operator can either fill up at the nearest asphalt plant, or use a cold mix which is readily available and can be stored indefinitely. The operator then drives at highway speeds to the work area where the Python 5000 cleans out the pothole, applies tack oil, fills the hole with asphalt, rakes it and then packs it down to make a long-lasting patch. The Python 5000 also has the unique ability to repair long cracks or joints in the pavement, or a series of small potholes.
Operations Manager Robert Skinner said, “The patches are of such high quality that they can outlast the pavement around them.”
The 5000 operates in all kinds of weather — meaning road repairs can begin earlier in the spring or even continue all winter where there isn't a great deal of snow.
“With this machine, you can repair a lot more roads in a lot shorter time,” Skinner said.
A single operator using the Python 5000 can cover approximately three times as much ground, or fix three times as many potholes as a crew using traditional methods, according to the manufacturer.
The operator of a Python 5000 stays safely inside the machine during the entire operation. A crew, on the other hand, is exposed to the traffic, which regularly results in serious injures and fatalities.
For more information, visit www.pythonmfg.com.