5 Things You Need to Know When Buying an Asphalt Paver
When investing in a new asphalt paver, manufacturers advise you to look beyond the initial purchase price. Investing in new equipment is something that contractors take seriously. However, what things do you need to consider beyond the price when choosing a new paver?
Contractors want many of the same features and concepts today just as they did 20 years ago. They need ease of operation and maintenance, life cycle, and reliability. That is, they need machines that will earn them money and offer them a good return on investment (ROI). While the primary features that contractors need haven’t changed, the idea of owning a complete package provided by manufacturers has introduced a new way to purchase. Nowadays, instead of just the initial price, contractors are also considering the total cost of ownership so that they can stay ahead of the competition. Here are five things to know before purchasing an asphalt paver.
Upgraded Features Enhance Productivity
Crew efficiency, maintenance expenses, resale value, and fuel economy are just a few examples of costs that can affect the contractor’s total cost of ownership, and the manufacturers have improved their machines to make these costs more affordable. Some of these features include the Eco-Mode, that is, a clutch that disengages other functions when the paver is idling. Not only does this save on fuel but it also reduces the wear on hydraulic components. This means the machine will have a longer life cycle and reduce the cost of ownership.
Another upgrade is the Tier IV compliance, that is, a quieter engine that reduces the noise produced by the paver for a quieter, safer work zone.
Contractors need features that help improve the quality of work the crew performs as well as lower manual labor for the crew. This simplifies work and helps you as a contractor retain employees who understand paving operations. High-quality work done efficiently enhances growth and profitability. Operator comfort is also crucial to ensure your employees are productive. Thus, ensure the indicators and controls are within arm’s reach of the operator, whether he is on the creed or the operator’s seat. Also, all the functionality should be within easy grasp of the operator.
Furthermore, a top deck cooling package should be included in the machine to keep the operator comfortable without blasts of hot air.
Keeping your machine running is vital for your success in business, and it can be enhanced by close dealer partnerships. A good dealer should help you get the most out of your paver. Thus, dealers are one of the most crucial factors when purchasing a paver. A good dealer should partner with you when purchasing the machine and stay with you throughout the life cycle of the machine. The dealer should add extra value to your machine by providing classes on maintenance and paving. They should also have factory-trained technicians to promptly and properly diagnose any service issues, and they should have specialists who understand asphalt paving.
Total Cost of Ownership and The Bottom Line
It is vital to invest in a paver that has a proven track record of ease of maintenance and reliability. Thus, you should keep in mind productivity when considering the total cost of ownership. If a machine is troublesome due to significant downtime, constant maintenance, and consistent breakdowns, it will have a negative impact on your profits. But if it has more uptime, achieves ride bonuses, and is trouble-free with regular maintenance, it has a net positive effect on your bottom line. Thus, it is crucial to invest in a machine that has a proven track record of ease of maintenance and reliability.
Propulsion and Mobility
Asphalt pavers can operate on tires or tracks. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but if you are doing various types of paving jobs, you may expand your repertoire and have both. Smaller track pavers are ideal for confined areas since they can turn within their footprints. Usually, nowadays tracks are made of rubber because rubber moves faster than steel since technological advances have improved the quality of rubber.
Rubber provides a more comfortable ride for the paver operator, and it has the greatest floatation. This is particularly important on a soft base where the wheels might sink. This provides greater stability and makes it easier to pave a uniform surface.
Tires are ideal for jobs that don’t need so much flotation or traction, such as creating overlays on an existing surface. They have lower operating and maintenance costs, they cost less, and are faster to drive when alternating jobs without the need to haul the paver on a trailer.
Choosing an asphalt paver with low maintenance and operating costs and top-quality performance allows your crew to achieve greater efficiency and accomplish more in a day. This makes your work more profitable and helps you move to the next job faster.