By Michael Ten Clay
Bobcat Company continues to bring customers innovative products and systems that expand the versatile capabilities of its compact equipment. 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.
The 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 U.S. 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 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, 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-pound AH30 heater is 59-inches long, 84.4-inches high, and 111.4-inches wide. Its three infrared heating elements can heat an asphalt repair area as large as 30 square feet to 300° F to soften and recycle the asphalt for the milling process.
The 995-pound AP40 processor is 60.4-inches long, 47.7-inches high, and 76.9-inches wide. It can mill existing damaged asphalt material up to 45.5-inches wide with cutting depths ranging from 1.5 to 6 inches deep. The unit can process, remix, and level the rejuvenated asphalt to the desired depth and prepare it for compaction.
The unique 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 of equipment.
The system also works well 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 fix when a smaller repair will answer the need, as opposed to a large asphalt overlay project, making this solution perfect for municipalites. ■
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For more information on Bobcat products and how they can provide quality solutions for your next project, visit www.bobcat.com.
Modern Contractor Solutions, March 2013
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