Asphalt Zipper: The Most Versatile Road Repair Tool on the Market?
Are your asphalt, gravel, or chip roads damaged from heavy oil field traffic? Customers tell us the Asphalt Zipper is the most versatile road repair tool on the market because it saves them so much time and money.
Here are a few of the many ways that show how versatile the Asphalt Zipper really is for repairing damaged roads:
The Asphalt Zipper’s main function is to recycle asphalt roads full-depth in-place. This process stabilizes and repairs the base eliminating expensive dig-outs. Additional stabilizers like aggregate, lime, Portland cement, or others can be added during the process.
ROAD SHOULDER REPAIR
Many counties repair dangerous road shoulders and often widen country roads by stabilizing the shoulder’s base using the Asphalt Zipper.
GRAVEL ROAD REPAIR
The Asphalt Zipper has proven itself invaluable for stabilizing and repairing asphalt, gravel and chipped roads damaged by heavy oilfield traffic. The addition of aggregate and water makes gravel roads tight enough to withstand even heavy oil truck traffic, eliminating the need to grade for months.
ROAD BASE PRODUCTION
Counties in West Texas are using the Zipper to produce their own base in caliche, lime rock and limestone pits, eliminating the need to haul it in.
Counties and cities love the Asphalt Zipper for fast, effective asphalt patching including potholes, alligatored asphalt, shoving and rutting.
In addition, the Asphalt Zipper is very versatile because of its proprietary bucket slot, allowing it to be mounted on the bucket of virtually any loader in any part of your county.
The Asphalt Zipper also comes with its own safety certified trailer so it can be easily transported to any work site by a ¾- or 1-ton truck. This can save thousands in mobilization costs charged by contractors.
One of our counties recently told us they have saved over $1,000,000 in the five years they have owned their Asphalt Zipper. Would a savings of $250,000 per year help extend your road maintenance budget?
Owning your own Asphalt Zipper means you can do your own roadwork or repairs in-house when and where you want at your convenience! This machine will save you 50 percent-70 percent on road repairs plus allow you to get three-four times more done with the same budget! Now that’s real versatility!
Environmental Products and Applications
Environmental Products and Applications is a leader and innovator in the soil/road stabilization industry. Our product, Texas Road Glue, is an acrylic polymer that is easily applied out of any equipment that sprays water. Once applied, Texas Road Glue will bond the soil particles together increasing compaction while eliminating dust. This will make your roads extremely durable and resistant to pot-holing, wash-boarding and water degradation. Texas Road Glue will out-perform traditional road building methods and is a fraction of the cost and time. Many counties throughout Texas have already implemented Texas Road Glue in the construction of their county roads. Please contact us today for a quote and references: toll free at 888-674-9174, email email@example.com, or visit www.envirotac.com.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions: Ergon’s “e-Series” Takes Pavement Preservation Forward
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions consistently develops innovative new products to preserve today’s roadways so that they can continue to serve us well into the future. Mindful of the fact that many roads are in poor condition due to insufficient funding, the company has focused on creating cost-effective pavement preservation solutions. Preserving existing roads is the best option for many in the road industry, whether it’s due to cost, the environment, safety, or other factors. And with the new e-Series of products developed by Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, they’re able to perform this work faster and more efficiently while achieving better results.
Four new products, eTac bond coat, ePrime prime coat, eScrub rejuvenating chip seal, and eFog rejuvenating fog seal, were developed by the company’s leading asphalt research and development laboratory, Paragon Technical Services, Inc. Each product is designed to provide better results or more innovative features than its conventional counterparts. ePrime, for example, works like an ordinary prime coat but does not contain any solvents, making the product safe for workers and the environment, and eliminating the risk of fire or explosion. It opens the door for crews to protect roads in areas that could not previously be primed due to environmental or safety concerns. Best of all, ePrime does this without any performance hit when compared to conventional primes, and saves time by supporting paving immediately after application.
eTac bond coat is Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions’ solution for adhesion between pavement layers. Many in the industry have been asking for a tack or bond coat that offered strong adhesion and reduced the amount of material that could be tracked across surrounding pavements. eTac’s premium composition minimizes tracking and provides a solid bond between asphalt layers. It is created with an asphalt base that is similar to asphalt used in overlays, resulting in excellent compatibility.
eScrub rejuvenating chip seal is a combination treatment that bridges the gap between pavement preservation products and conventional mill and fill. Using a single-step apply-and-scrub method, it can eliminate mass cracking in roadway surfaces for less than half the cost of a mill and fill. The rejuvenating agent contained within eScrub restores the quality and durability of the existing pavement. Another combination treatment created by Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions is eFog. eFog is a rejuvenating fog seal that can extend the life of open graded friction courses and worn chip seal surfaces by two-three years, allowing for seven-10 year lifecycles. As a rejuvenating product, it too restores qualities in the existing asphalt thereby improving overall quality and durability.
Martin Asphalt Company: “This little black line…is your FIRST line of defense to protect your pavement investment.”
As county, city and state DOT budgets diminish, so does the quality and integrity of the infrastructure associated with these entities. The cost of replacing or rebuilding this infrastructure is overwhelming; therefore, the best use for hard-earned tax dollars during lean periods is to stop the deterioration before it gets too far gone.
Speaking specifically about pavements and roadways, keeping water from entering your pavements is one of the primary keys to extending the life of pavements. There are several tools that address “sealing” pavements. Whether it is chip seals, slurry seals, fog seals or crack sealing, each is critical and has a necessary role in pavement preservation management. However, research has proven that cracks in excess of ¼” in width need to be sealed with a crack sealant material prior to any subsequent applications of chip seals, etc. The reason is that these cracks of ¼” or greater will tend to permeate thru other paving layers thus creating the same concern, that the water can still get in.
EZ-7® emulsion cold applied sealants by Martin Asphalt addresses these concerns in a fashion that is safe, EZ, and effective in addition to providing several performance and cost benefits.
TxDOT has tested and proven that EZ-7® cold applied sealants flow easily down into the crack forming a “flush fill” type of seal. Hot applied sealants bridge the cracks in more of an “over-band” seal; therefore, the surface membrane is thicker and much more subjective to tracking under traffic as well as flushing or bleeding thru subsequent paving layers to include hot mix asphalt overlays. The EZ-7® cold applied sealant has a very thin surface membrane that does not bleed thru or negatively affect future paving layers, making EZ-7® cold pour sealant the ideal material to use in a comprehensive pavement management system.
EZ-7® cost advantages exist in a significantly reduced start-up and clean-up time, and no fuel cost is incurred for pre-heating. Not to mention the equipment savings…you can be sealing cracks for about $3,000 worth of equipment with EZ-7® compared to over 10 times more than that for hot poured equipment. The safety aspect of EZ-7® from not having hot surfaces, hot material, or additional fumes and vapors that put your employees in harm’s way makes EZ-7® the preferred sealant for in-house maintenance crews.
For information on this product or to schedule an onsite demo please contact Noelle Kornegay at 713-350-6860 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Kevin King, Manager, Asphalt Sales and Marketing, Martin Asphalt Company, email@example.com, 903-521-5104, www.martinasphalt.com.
Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge
With costs rising and budget dollars stretched thin, it’s essential to know where the dollars are going. Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge is the right software to handle that job – with more ease, efficiency, and economy than you thought possible!
How much did labor and materials cost at a work site? What were the repair costs last year for each piece of equipment? What services were requested the most? The right information can be a valuable tool at budget time or for day-to-day decision making. Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge can answer those questions and many more by documenting work and expenses in a convenient, well-organized, and useful way.
Do you spend too much time trying to generate reports? Have your spreadsheets become over-sized and cumbersome? Are you wasting time looking through paper records for answers? Precinct Tracker is the more efficient way to get answers – with easy search features and informative reports, many just one click away!
The right software shouldn’t be hard to use! Precinct Tracker is easy to learn and easy to use, but with the power and features you need to get the job done. Expensive training sessions aren’t necessary either – saving scarce time and resources. And long-term savings will grow because the user-friendly format ensures continued service for years to come.
Save More Money
Precinct Tracker is the economical choice in software today, with cost-effective pricing for over-stretched budgets. Save money with one convenient program instead of multiple modules, and save valuable time because we get you up and running quickly. Precinct Tracker is available for Single Precinct, Multi-Precinct, or Unit Road systems.
Discover for yourself why Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge is the right software! Contact us today at 1-877-373-1079, send an e-mail to info@PrecinctTracker.com, or visit our website at
Southern Tire Mart
Southern Tire Mart is the third-largest commercial tire dealer and the top Bandag retreader in the United States with stores in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Texas has grown to 23 stores in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Bridgeport, Bryan, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Gainesville, Harlingen, Houston, LaPorte, Laredo, Longview, Lubbock, Odessa, Pharr, San Antonio, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls.
Southern Tire Mart is an authorized dealer for Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental, General and Yokohama truck tires and is an authorized Bandag retread dealer with six retread plants in Texas.
Southern Tire Mart continues on the Texas Association of School Boards Purchasing Cooperative “Buy Board” Tire Contract. We are also an approved vendor for the Texas Multiple Award System, TX MAS, which currently functions as the State of Texas tire contract. Just call us, and we will get the least expensive price from all these contracts.
In addition to new tires and retreading, we offer tire services ranging from passenger/light truck tires to large off-the-road tires. Several stores also offer alignment services. Purchasing from an approved tire contract frees the county from going through the timely bidding process and affords the county a high-quality tire at a low price.
Southern Tire Mart has trained personnel at each location to advise clients on which tire is best for a particular job. We offer everything from passenger to large off-the-road tires in various brands, and have direct billing on 30-day accounts for government entities.
Trinity Expanded Shale & Clay (ESC) – TXI Expanded Shale & Clay (ESC) is now Trinity Expanded Shale & Clay (ESC)
What’s different at the Streetman Lightweight plant in Streetman, Texas? The name has changed, but nothing else. We’re still providing Texas counties, cities and TxDOT the highest quality maintenance aggregate in the state, but we’re now doing so as Trinity Expanded Shale & Clay (ESC).
What isn’t different at the Streetman Lightweight plant? Us! Our commitment to you, the quality service and products we are so proud to offer, and our expertise are still the same. There isn’t another aggregate in the State of Texas as versatile as our expanded shale. While most of our highway production goes to seal coats used across the state, Texas counties and Louisiana parishes also use lightweight aggregate in numerous cost-effective ways because this one material can be used for so many different applications.
Our expanded shale lightweight aggregate is a TxDOT-rated SAC “A” material, the highest rating given by the state. Plus, it will not break windshields and will not polish, which creates a safer, more skid-resistant surface. Micro pores on the aggregate particle give it an affinity for asphalt, which means you can use less aggregate and have less rock loss. The lighter-weight material reduces loaded truck weights on your roads and puts less stress on your equipment and employees. The absorption characteristics also make it a great way to treat bleeding asphalt pavements or hazardous spills you may encounter. All these qualities make it perfect for air injection patching machines as well as crack sealing.
According to TxDOT, most of our roads were built between 1942 and 1972. Overall, Texans now drive 480 million miles every day on those aging roads, which is a lot of wear and tear. With more and more people moving to Texas each day, preserving your roads is a must.
Give us a call to find out how Trinity Expanded Shale and Clay can help solve your problems. Please call Highway Sales at 972-824-3012 or go to www.trinityesc.com.
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Inc. – Is it Time to Retire Your Backhoe Loader?
According to several articles in industry publications, many traditional backhoe-loader users are experiencing dramatically increased productivity with significant cost reductions by simply replacing their backhoe-loader with a compact track loader and a mini-excavator. In these days of extremely tight budgets and expanding road and bridge operations, productive use of your equipment assets is critical. The combination of track loaders and mini-excavators reduces the amount of time spent by employees waiting for the BHL to finish a specific function and assures faster completion of a vast majority of road and bridge (R&B) projects. WPI can assist you in finding proven solutions for your specific needs.
Versatility is the Key
The TAKEUCHI TB138F mmini-excavator is the most efficient unit for typical R&B operations. Capable of digging to 10’11”, it out performs backhoes by up to three times (primarily due to ease of movement without the need to deploy/raise outriggers) and is capable of working in confined spaces that cannot be reached by a backhoe. Equipped with Takeuchi’s patented hydraulic STS Offset Boom, the machine can safely trench next to walls and other obstructions from either side of the machine. Standard with auxiliary piping to the arm, the TB138FR can be used with hydraulic breakers, thumbs and grapples, as well as a wide selection of buckets. Weighing in at less than 8,400 pounds and equipped with 13.8” rubber tracks, the unit is easily transported and greatly reduces damage to lawns, sidewalks and curbs.
The TAKEUCHI TL10 track loader is the workhorse of R&B operations. Weighing approximately 10,400 pounds with a SAE certified lifting capacity of 2,400 pounds (stnd), the TL10 is equipped to use a multitude of bucket types and operating attachments (augers, breakers, brooms, brush cutters, cold planners, dozer blades, grapples, mowers, mulchers, pallet forks, rakes, sweepers, tillers, trenchers and more). Standard with a 92 hp turbo-diesel engine, 2-speed travel, and 17.7” tracks, the TL10 is the “go anywhere” machine for all projects. With ground pressure under 4.5 psi, damage to curbs, sidewalks and lawns is virtually eliminated.
WPI Construction Machinery knows the equipment is only as good as the support available to you. Nine fully equipped service centers located throughout South and Central Texas staffed with factory-certified service technicians assure your equipment will remain working on the job. And, be assured, we will be there when you need us.
For more information or demonstrations, visit our website at www.wpi.com,or contact Pete Crabtree Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Inc., Construction Machinery, 713-551-0371, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yellowhouse Machinery Co.: Childress County Chooses Eight John Deere Motor Graders Over the Competition
Childress County is located on the southeast edge of the Texas Panhandle. They maintain hundreds of miles of rugged county roads among their four precincts. This requires a machine that will stand up to the hot sandy soil and clay in the summer, and the slick, icy, snow-packed roads of winter. They found out how to achieve both by teaming with Yellowhouse Machinery Co. in Amarillo.
Leasing eight new motor graders at one time is not a common practice in Childress County. Lyall Foster, long-time commissioner of Precinct 3, said, “The only way we were able to achieve this is through the leasing program, which cut our cost of operation substantially. Another plus is the comprehensive warranty provided through John Deere. It just makes sense with less money to do more things.”
Precinct 3 tenured employee Junior Sullivan said, “I love everything about my new 672G. I had blade controls set up on one side for me, personally. This allows me to make turns and curves using only one hand. I also really like having a steering wheel.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Ross said the timing just seemed right to purchase all eight machines.
“Our old motor graders were beginning to wear out. It was time for an upgrade. We were beginning to have to spend more money than we liked, and that wasn’t going to end any time soon. John Deere had a program where we were able to add drive time and mileage to our new machines. Now we do not have to budget for wear and tear or downtime on our new machines. If we breakdown, Yellowhouse sends out a field tech to fix what is broken at no cost to the county. This was a huge plus to all four of our precincts,” Ross said.
Another reason Childress County went with John Deere is due to the operating system. Each employee had the option of setting up their own motor grader. Like Sullivan, Precinct 1 employee Ricky Watson said he also liked the option of having the blade control on one side.
“The John Deere set up is second-to-none,” Watson said. “I love the ease with which I can now blade roads. The cab has plenty of room. The seat is like a recliner, and the control options really sold me on the Deere.”
When asked about the most surprising feature from the older unit to the new one, Watson said, “The air conditioner on my new machine is awesome! We have temperatures in the 100-110 range here in the summer, and you just can’t beat having a cold cab to work in.”
Childress County is definitely enjoying their new machines. They want what is best for their county, and purchasing Deere graders was the best overall choice for them.
Yellowhouse Machinery Co. has been in business since 1958 with stores in Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo and Wichita Falls in Texas, and Sand Springs, McAlester and Enid in Oklahoma. Serving our customers proudly for over 55 years!