Sunkenberg categorizes the PF 4410 as a “robust yet very maneuverable, 8-foot machine” that features many of the same components as the company’s larger 10-ft models. Since the machine’s overall dimensions are smaller than that of other pavers in its class, he notes that it is perfectly suited for “finessing” parking lots with multiple islands, landscaping elements, and light poles, along with paving more typical driveways and cul de sacs.
“This is a great, all around machine that can do big production jobs, too,” he emphasizes. “Why should contractors spend more money for a heavier, commercial class machine like the PF 4410?” Sunkenberg asks. “With more robust components they will be able to put much more tonnage through the machine before investing in a rebuild or replacement. Contractors also appreciate the machine’s straightforward design that allows them to easily troubleshoot an issue and likely fix it on site, avoiding costly downtime.”
The PF 4410 weighs 30,205 pounds without the screed, and closes in on 36,365 pounds with the screed.
Weiler P385 Paver
Introduced two years ago, this 8-foot commercial track paver from Weiler is designed for commercial contractors who wants both productivity and longevity out of their paver investment,” says Ben Sherod, territory manager. “With the P385, our engineers squeezed highway class features into a small package that can be rebuilt for years of productivity. Among replaceable wear parts are hopper wear plates, segmented augers, and track poly pads.
“Because contractors have different ways of doing the same paving job, we wanted out machine to be extremely versatile. An optional seat, for example, gives operators a choice of three positions on each side of the paver. The addition of cut-off doors will give them the ability to pave virtually any width up to 15’ 8”, from small patch jobs to paving parking lots and streets. It is also very serviceability with easy access to all engine and hydraulic components.”
The P385 features a direct-drive 5½-inch track and an electric screed with angle of attack adjusters on the extensions, extender height adjuster, and manual slope adjustment. Powered slope adjustment is optional. The paver weighs 18,000 pounds, including screed.
Salsco offers two mini-pavers ideal for contractors looking to install cart paths, sidewalks, trenches, or anything 36 - 72 inches wide. Model 05004 is a rubber tire version, Model TP411 is a track version.
“Our rubber wheel model is a basic, trouble-free powered drag box designed for paving hard surfaces such as sidewalks, golf cart paths, and walkways,” explains Salsco president Sal Rizzo. “Its counterpart, the track paver, is actually a miniature asphalt paver that allows contractors to pave off hard surfaces in very tight and restricted areas. It comes with several special features, including a hydraulic tilt hopper, cut-off door, hydraulic augers, and hydraulic end gates.” Adjustable tracks that hydraulically move in and out are optional.
Rizzo notes that the company’s mini asphalt pavers represent a giant step up for contractors who previously had to pave difficult, tight areas by hand and a very versatile alternative for contractors with larger pavers who would have to employ cut off plates to complete smaller jobs. The adjustable hydraulic tracks for the track paver, he adds, allow contractors to actually get down inside a trench with the machine to pave.
Among other features, the track paver has two nine-inch cast augers that are independently operated both forward and reverse, and all controls are located at the rear of the machine for easy access from either side. To facilitate loading mix, especially in difficult-to-reach areas, Salsco offers a side bucket to fit on skid-steer loaders.
It’s not unusual for contractors to use this track paver on a driveway one day and a road the next, explains Roadtec’s Eric Baker. The track design delivers ultimate maneuverability, yet its weight of 35,000 pounds (depending on the screed) and 174-hp engine give it big-job capability.
The company’s vice president of sales notes that one of the key selling points of this commercial class paver is that it’s easy to keep running. “On pavers, electrical systems usually cause the most problems,” he relates. “The RP-175 track paver features a very simple electrical system that can be diagnosed from one junction box. Sealed toggle switches throughout are readily available from any electrical supply house.”