The biggest benefit to contractors, according to Rapp, is that the SP 300 is a dual squeegee and spray unit. "You're seeing more and more architect specifications requiring squeegee on the first coat to really fill in all the pores and then come over that with your second coat being a spray," Rapp says. "It helps lock in the heavier sand loading and makes for a more uniform looking finish."
Seal-Rite takes sealcoating to the extreme
New on the sealcoating market - just about a year old - is Seal-Rite's SR-850 Extreme. It is an 850-gal. trailer unit that has been quite popular in the short time it's been on the market, says Brent Loutzenhiser, CEO and owner of Seal-Rite. Loutzenhiser says the unit is appropriately labeled "extreme" because of the long list of features the unit includes, such as the ability to hold a 30-gal. melter, standard lights for working at night, a 100-gal. water tank, and what Lolutzenhiser says is the largest amount of deck space in the industry.
All of these key features create the two biggest benefits of the unit: it is self-contained and has the ability to carry everything. "A lot of times you get to the job and have forgotten something," Loutzenhiser says. "You shouldn't forget anything on this unit because it should all be on the trailer." The SR-850 Extreme provides two storage areas, a weather-proof box, a lockable metal mesh storage area, and a tool storage rack that can hold up to 10 long-handled tools.
The SR-850 Extreme is an all around unit good for any size job, Loutzenhiser says. And at the same time, it is good for any size business. Contractors of both large and small companies can use this unit for crack filling and sealcoating, day or night, on both commercial and residential jobs. And Loutzenhiser says the utilization of the unit in commercial and residential is fairly equal. Although the SR-850 could be one of the smaller units a commercial contractor owns, Loutzenhiser says it tends to be one of the larger units in most contractors' fleets.
"It's something that you would never grow out of," he says. "You can go to the job, put your barricades up, clean the job, do your crack filling, and then you should be able to sealcoat the job without having to leave the premises." Loutzenhiser says that people are in the business to try and be as efficient as possible. "And that's why we've created a piece of equipment 'Extreme' enough to live up to those high standards," he says.