What to Consider When Purchasing an Asphalt Paver
Purchasing a paver is an investment. There are a variety of factors to consider when deciding which paver to purchase. As with any investment, it pays to do some research before making a final decision.
First, you will need to consider where and how the paver will be used. Be sure to factor in the application, budget, size of job, environment, and crew’s experience and skill, as well as preferences.
You should also consider if you plan to use an MTV.
Finally, will need to look at the specific features of the paver, such as flow gates, quick-change heads, and telematics. These are all factors that should be carefully considered before making a buying decision.
Keeping Costs Down
Prevention is always better than repair. Fortunately, many costly issues can be prevented with proper maintenance.
One of the easiest things to do is keep the machines clean, every day. A clean machine runs well, which saves time, money and makes the job site a safer place to work. Cleaning extends the wear life and when the machine is clean it’s easier to see potential issues. If a machine is caked with asphalt, or caked in dirt, you can’t see clearly if an item is worn or in need of replacement.
While it’s important to visually inspect the machine, it’s also imperative to monitor the systems, using telematics such as Guardian. This data can help you see when maintenance is needed- if fault codes have been triggered, etc. This information is valuable and allows you to schedule maintenance or repair in the best way to maximize time, money, and personnel.
Tools to Increase Efficiency
Take full advantage of tools and options that increase your productivity and efficiency. For example, Roadtec’s Paver Production Reporting allows you to view the performance of your paver as it relates to real productivity. You can see tons per day, the day’s total paving distance, the live speed and the total tons for the life of the machine
Using Paver Production Reporting the crew and anyone with access to Guardian Telematics can see real-time production from paver to see how the day is going.
The benefits of Paver Production Reporting are numerous and touch many aspects of the paving business. The superintendent can track the efficacy of the crew. Asphalt plants can understand how much more mix needed until the end of the day and how much longer need to produce mix for the rest of the day. Maintenance personnel can track wears parts by tons of asphalt instead of by engine hours, which is a more accurate way to measure wear.
See which paver is right for you.