Manufacturers of asphalt paving equipment pay close attention to contractor needs and wants as well as trends in what the market expects and what type of work will be available. That explains at least partially why there’s such diversity in equipment offerings, from types and sizes to features and options available to today’s paving contractors. Here’s just a sampling of what contractors can put to work when the need arises.
Carlson Paving CP-90
With an 8 to 15-foot screed, the CP-90 Paver from Carlson Paving Products is especially designed for commercial contractors who pave driveways and roadways and highway contractors for paving approaches and shoulders. On the market for 3 ½ years, the CP-90 weighs in at 20,000 pounds, the heaviest in its class, says sales and marketing manager Tom Travers. The unit is also completely re-buildable as all major wear items are bolted instead of welded to the frame.
“Having a re-buildable paver with 10-ft highway components stuffed into an eight-foot frame gives the CP-90 three times the life cycle over competitive models,” explains Travers. “Among features are a heavy-duty auger and conveyor components, a 12-inch auger with replaceable sections, and replaceable conveyor floor plates. Seven bogie wheels on the undercarriage provide added support for the track frame and alleviate track wear.
“Operators also have easy access to all moving parts, the engine, and the hydraulic components,” Travers adds. “A simple walk around will allow them to inspect chains, bearing, and other key items and make necessary adjustments or repairs prior to getting into the field.” As he points out, in a paving operation, nothing is more frustrating or costly than having to shut down in the middle of a project.
Ditch Runner Model DR 458
Recently introduced by Reid Manufacturing, the Model DR 458 features a 4-ton hopper and an 8 to 12-foot screed. “Paving contractors will notice that the 458 closely resembles a previous Puckett Brothers model,” says Reid Manufacturing president Bobby Reid. “I’ve taken the design and added updates such a four-cylinder Kubota engine, a new track, and hopper sides that fold under 8 feet so paving contractors don’t need a special permit to transport the machine.”
Reid says the 458 is ideal for paving small drives, small streets, parking lots, and even tennis courts. “This is designed to be a ground floor and inexpensive paver that contractors can start making money with right way,” he adds. “It will also do a great paving job.”
Before getting into manufacturing, Reid notes that he operated a paving company that used several Puckett Brothers pavers. “I was always very satisfied with their durability and performance,” he emphasizes. “I want to bring some of these older models back to life and reintroduce them to contractors looking for these same characteristics from their pavers. The DR 458 is just such a machine.”
LeeBoy 8515B Paver
This commercial class paver from LeeBoy can be used for a variety of projects, from completing driveways and large parking lots to paving turn outs, shoulders, emergency lanes, exit ramps and subdivision roads. Contractors also employ this popular B Series for patch work and leveling roadways prior to large overlays.
“The 8515B is the latest in the evolution of the company’s electric-over-hydraulic pavers,” says LeeBoy territory manager Jim Wagner. Several special features, he notes, make it an attractive addition for any size contractor.
“An ‘operator’s choice’ platform allows this machine to have both a high-deck and low-deck configuration,” Wagner explains. “The high deck gives the operator great visibility and is ideal for paving contractors with larger crews. The low-deck configuration allows the operator to be close to the work, usually a requisite for the contractor with a smaller crew.”