Elovirta says there are some other features he and the paving crews have come to appreciate. “The paver has a frame lift, which makes loading the unit on and off the trailer easier with no damage done to augers hitting the ground or trailer ramps,” he says. “And while paving and putting binder down, it’s easy to clear raised structures. It also helps from bottoming out in soft ground.”
The CR552 offers a 14-ton hopper capacity. “The larger hopper capacity allows us to get more material down in tight areas before they have to dump more material in the hopper,” says Elovirta. “We also like the Stretch 20 screed that pulls a full 20-foot-wide mat. This allows us to pave some of the narrow town roads in one pass without adding extensions.”
As Galasso’s crews discovered on the Route 318 project, the CR552 has great traction. “We’ve found that with the larger drive tires, front wheel assist, steer assist, differential lock and frame lift, this paver is unstoppable when it comes to traction,” says Elovirta.