And it worked, probably even better than expected.
Drahos says once he realized his approach was going to work he traded his cardboard cutout for a sheet metal template. After placing the template over a broom he marks the cuts with a marker and uses a cutoff wheel to make the trims. He says the entire process takes about an hour per broom and he has modified six this year.
“Now they can open up the hole with the milling, take the sweeper right behind the mill and follow that with the paver and the roller,” Drahos says. “A basic paving train.”
“It’s been a good running operation and with the modification we made with the broom now it really makes it smooth. Now we just make one pass and it’s a clean cut,” Barringer says. “It makes it easier on us so we can get more asphalt done in a day.”