Each of the five hydraulically-controlled spray nozzles can be individually controlled or shut off, King says. "It has incredible versatility," he says. "You can spray 17 in. wide on bike paths or up to 8 or 9 ft. wide on streets or lots." This versatility allows the Anders 325 Dual Applicator to be used on jobs ranging in size from small driveways up to large shopping mall parking lots, city streets, or airports. Plus, the unit can handle a wide range of terrains and temperatures, King adds.
He says this sealcaoting machine is typically bought by contractors who are doing a lot of jobs or have recently gotten a big job. "No matter how big or how small they [contractors] are, if they typically work full time, this machine can fit their needs," King says. However, he says the 325 DA is not designed for the occasional sealcoater. "This machine would be for any user who does do consistent sealcoating through his season."
With all the features the unit offers contractors King says it is still easy to learn and use the Anders 325 Dual Applicator. He says one of the biggest benefits this unit offers is that it can make any job a one man operation. "You can go from a five- and six-man crew to a one-man show," King says. This can result in tremendous labor savings for contractors.
Equipt markets units as universal
Equipt's truck-mounted sealcoating machines have a broad range of uses and offer contractors the opportunity to have a "one machine fits all configuration," says Craig Erickson, vice president and company founder. Equipt - which is a part of the Cimline Pavement Maintenance Group - offers four tank sizes of truck-mounted sealcoating machines: 350, 550, 825, and 1100 gallons. Erickson says he sees the purchasing trend leaning toward the 825 and 1100 units.
"Our 825- and 1100-gal. custom truck-mounted units are popular because we are able to configure these in a way that allow the contractor to not be required to have a CDL (Commercial Driver's License)," Erickson says. The Equipt patented Polypro tank weighs less than traditional steel tanks, which allows these units to stay under the required CDL weight limits. However, Erickson says contractors should still verify state and local DOT requirements.
Erickson says another beneficial feature of Equipt's truck-mounted units is the curbside control panel. "It puts all of the major machine controls on a safe curbside location that allows the operator to control all the major controls while standing on the ground," Erickson says. He says the location of the control panel improves safety because it eliminates the need to continually climb on and off of the truck to access controls.
The 825- and 1100-gal. units can be used on a range of jobs, according to Erickson. "They're universal machines. You can go and do a small residential driveway all the way up to a large, large commercial parking lot," he says. Plus, the sealcoating machines mounted to "cab-over" trucks typically have a tight turning radius, making them very maneuverable. And although Erickson says the 825- and 1100-gal. units aren't typically purchased by new contractors, he says that all sizes of sealcoating contractors buy these machines because they have the capacity to fit a contractor's growth.
With increasing fuel prices, Erickson sees the 825- and 1100-gal. truck-mounted units as a good investment for sealcoating contractors. These large, but not too large, tanks can save contractors time and money because they require fewer trips back and forth to the sealer supplier, according to Erickson. The truck-mounted sealcoating machines can also tow additional equipment, such as a crack sealing machine, eliminating the cost of multiple trucks on the jobsite.
Neal Manufacturing DA 350 is a "labor saver"
Neal Manufacturing's ride-on dual applicating units first came on the market in the mid-1980s, making Neal Manufacturing the first to build this type of machine, according to Eric Humphries, sales manager for Neal Manufacturing.
At present, the company manufactures a 350-gal. unit (the DA 350) for contractors. Features of the unit include direct drive, a 35-hp Kubota diesel engine, rear-wheel drive, and a 100-gpm pump. The DA 350 has a piston pump system - Neal Manufacturing was the original designer of the piston pump, according to Humphries. The DA 350 ride-on spray/squeegee unit is also able to turn a 180° turn and start spraying in seconds, Humphries adds.