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Asphalt Preservation Tools Provide Eco-Friendly, Cost-Effective Repairs

Wed January 23, 2013 - Southeast Edition
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The launch of the new Bobcat asphalt preservation tools (APT) system provides asphalt paving contractors and government customers with an innovative system that is powered by Bobcat loaders for cost-effective repairs that minimize traffic disruption, according to the manufacturer.

This simple restoration system will be beneficial to asphalt paving contractors and road repair crews at all levels of government for repairing potholes and other surface defects like cracks, deteriorating surfaces and frost heaves that develop in streets, highways and parking lots. The system also is ideal for reclamation of driveways, trails and golf cart paths.

These attachments are designed to perform a three-step asphalt preservation process that seamlessly fuses recycled asphalt with surrounding asphalt to create a strong and durable bond that outlasts conventional asphalt approaches, because it does not involve cold joints or repeated treatments.

The Bobcat asphalt preservation tools help answer a growing need for eco-friendly restoration processes that will decrease expenses and extend the life of road and highway repairs. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the United States has more than 2 million miles of paved roads and highways, and 94 percent of those are surfaced with asphalt.

The asphalt preservation tools system consists of an infrared asphalt heater and an asphalt processor that is compatible with 12 approved Bobcat all-wheel steer loaders, skid steer loaders and track loaders including the A300, A770, S300, S330, S750, S770, S850, T300, T320, T750, T770 and T870. These attachments can be connected to the loader quickly and easily with the Bob-Tach attachment mounting system, which provides a tight-fit attachment hookup.

The 3,760-lb. (1,705 kg) AH30 heater is 59 in. (150 cm) long, 84.4 in. (214 cm) high and 111.4 in. (283 cm) wide. Its three infrared heating elements can heat an asphalt repair area as large as 30 sq. ft. (2.8 sq m) to 300 F (149 C) to soften and recycle the asphalt for the milling process.

The 995-lb. (451 kg) AP40 processor is 60.4 in. (153 cm) long, 47.7 in. (121 cm) high and 76.9 in. (195 cm) wide. It can mill existing damaged asphalt material up to 45.5 in. (115.5 cm) wide with cutting depths ranging from 1.5 to 6 in. (3.8 to 15 cm) deep. The unit can process, remix and level the rejuvenated asphalt to the desired depth and prepare it for compaction.

This asphalt recycling system saves an average of 60 percent of the costs associated with other asphalt repair methods. By reducing the consumption of raw materials, the system also eliminates the purchase, storing and transporting of additional resources. Additionally, the Bobcat asphalt restoration process requires less manpower and less transporting equipment, according to the manufacturer.

The system also works when the job requires high maneuverability, as the Bobcat loader and attachments can conduct work within a single lane, minimizing traffic disruption. It is an ideal solution when a smaller repair will answer the need, as opposed to a large asphalt overlay project.

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