Whether you are a sealcoating contractor just starting out or a veteran looking to update your fleet there is a variety of sealcoating units available to suit your needs. Units can vary in types: ride-on, truck mounted, skid mounted. They also vary in tank sizes, features, and application capabilities. And many of the units available to contractors aren't size specific. That is, one unit could be used for smaller jobs in a large company, but the same machine could be the biggest unit in a smaller company's fleet. The size and type of jobs a unit is going to be used for is often an influencing factor when it comes to purchasing.
The following is a selection of equipment from 9 manufacturers. The companies focused on features and benefits each unit provides sealcoating contractors. Read on to discover different options available, what each unit has to offer contractors, and what type of contractor can find each unit beneficial.
Able Industries offers variety of skid units
Able Industries manufactures a line of seven skid-mounted sealcoating units from 300 all the way up to 2,000 gallons, says Tim Dye, president of Able Industries. The 500-gal. skid unit is Able's second-smallest but ranks high in popularity. Features of the unit include a Wilden PV4 pump, a heavy-duty steel tank, a patented no-spill lid, and a standard agitation and hydraulic system.
The 500-gal. unit can cover a wide range of jobs, according to Dye. "It will handle commercial work with spraying sealer with varying amount of sand loads," he says. But it also can be used in residential work. "It will do as small as you want it to, as small as you can fit your truck into a neighborhood." Between the two markets, Dye says the 500-gal. unit is used more in commercial jobs, and Able's 300-gal. unit gets more use in the residential area.
Dye says the 500-gal. machine is valuable for a wide range of contractors. "With the large contractor this probably fits in with the smaller end of their units that are going to be doing some of their smaller jobs," he says. "We'll certainly sell these to a lot of small contractors as the largest unit that they have."
Dye says that the size of the unit a contractor should buy is directly proportional to the size of the job and the contractor's distance from his supplier. If a job is larger or farther away from a supplier he says a larger unit is better. However, if a contractor does smaller jobs or jobs close to his supplier Dye says he might suggest a smaller unit instead.
Able's variety of units includes its trailer units. What's unique about these units, Dye says, is that they are a separate skid unit mounted onto a trailer. So another option for contractors is to buy a 500-gal. trailer unit. Then, if the contractor wants, he can unmount the skid unit, put in on a truck or another trailer just like he would with any skid unit, and use the original trailer for another purpose. "Our trailer units are unique," he says. "We try to give the customer some flexibility."
Asphalt Paving Equipment focuses on benefits
The Anders 325 Dual Applicator ride-on unit from Asphalt Paving Equipment LLC is loaded with features that allow contractors the ease of sealcoating an entire job from the unit's seat, says Lamarr King, sales manager. With the Anders 325 Dual Applicator a contractor has the choice to squeegee, spray, or do both at the same time. The unit comes with four squeegees, a five-nozzle rear spray bar, a hand spray wand, and a water misting system.
Unique to this machine is the curbing hose that spreads the sealer right up to a curb or parking bumpers. Also, the sealer - which can have up to 4 lbs. of sand per gallon - can be added to the unit three ways: the rectangular hopper, the quick-connect coupler, or directly with the DA's own piston pump if a contractor wants to mix on site, King says.