New Road Products
Better Roads Staff
An excavator capable of reaching highway speeds even greater than those permitted on many local highways? Indeed, says Gradall, announcing its new XL 4100 IV hydraulic excavator comes equipped with the new AutoDrive system, featuring a six-speed automatic Allison transmission. Powered by a 245-horsepower Mercedes Tier 4 Interim engine, the XL 4100 IV reaches highway speeds of 60 miles per hour. Push-button controls in the undercarriage truck cab allow the operator to select between Gradall, “John Deere” or SAE joystick patterns. Once at the jobsite, the AutoDrive’s new transfer case allows the excavator to be remotely repositioned from the seat in the upperstructure cab, at a maximum 5 miles per hour. Introducing a new highly-visible yellow paint scheme, the XL 4100 IV telescoping excavator is available with either a 6×4 or 6×6 drive train. Maximum boom reach at grade is 30 feet 3 inches, maximum dig depth is 20 feet 3 inches and maximum loading height is 17 feet 2 inches. The boom crowd force is rated at 21,940 pounds and, unlike on conventional excavators, remains constant throughout the dig cycle.
With its new compact slipform concrete paver model, Power Pavers is offering an economical solution to a market issue based on material supply. “With the ability to pave up to 7.5 meters (24 feet 7 inches) wide, the SF-1700 was developed to react to the contractor demand for two-pass paving in many highway applications,” says Fred Hite, general manager of the Power Pavers subsidiary of Power Curbers Inc. “In many developing countries, concrete supply is an issue, so paving in two passes is more practical than one pass.” By reducing the engine size and mainframe width of the company’s leading SF-2700 model, Power Pavers was able to develop the SF-1700, which comes standard with a 160-horsepower Cummins engine, 12 Wyco vibrators, and a spread auger and tamper bar. Within a month of introduction, Power Pavers placed units in three countries, says Hite, and “we are getting great reports from our customers who have put them to work.”
Meltable crack sealer
Nuvo Gap from Maxwell is a rubberized hot-pour patching material for wide cracks, potholes, rutting and depressed broken-up areas, and around manholes, gutters and drains. It creates a load-bearing, weather-resistant, durable bond. The sealant’s PolySkin packaging is a fully-meltable container that absorbs completely into the product, so there’s no need for opening or cutting.
Progressive Turf Equipment
Slope-Pro from Progressive Turf Equipment is a remote-controlled, self-contained, tracked mower capable of either rough-cut or finished-cut mowing. It is designed to mow difficult and sloped areas without risk to equipment, terrain or operator, regardless of weather conditions. It features an ultra-low center of gravity for good stability and maneuverability, allowing the mower to cut on slopes as steep as 50 degrees while being remotely operated and realize an increase in productivity over manual cutting.
Free online road calculator for RWIS
The RoadDSS Value Calculator from Vaisala is a free online tool that evaluates potential cost and community savings to using various road weather information systems (RWIS) or road decision support systems. The calculator asks 12 questions about road maintenance operations. Once the user has input infrastructure and cost information, the calculator uses embedded algorithms to produce calculated savings based on referenced study findings. The report provides a breakdown of all direct and indirect cost savings, including safety aspects (such as potential accident reductions) and environmental aspects (such as carbon and other pollutant reductions). A user can adjust any of the information that has been input into the calculator to better tailor their end report.
Dust- and grit-free absorbent mats
The Pig Universal Absorbent Mat Pack from New Pig absorbs and retains oil, coolants, water, gasoline, solvents and other liquids. The mat is dust- and grit-free, so it does not contaminate or damage hydraulics, parts or sensors. The mat pack contains three 15-by-20-inch pads. Each pack of three absorbs up to a half-gallon.
Air compressor for Class 4/5 trucks
The Terrastar Underhood kit (V900109) is a VR70 vehicle-mounted air compressor (VMAC) system, delivering 70 cfm and up to 175 psi. Developed for the Class 4/5 International Terrastar vocational truck, the system is said to fill the gap left when GM discontinued the 4500/5500 chassis. At press time, the kit was slated to be available for orders by the end of October.
The PCR-30 Router from Cimline’s Pavement Maintenance Group has “better routing for better cracksealing,” according to the company. The router, shown at the recent American Public Works Association (APWA) expo, has an electric start, 30-horsepower Kohler engine and a patent-pending, quick-stop, anti-kickback braking system. The drum is sturdy with heavy-duty roller bearings. The machine’s height-adjustable, shock-mounted handles eliminate vibrations. A lower, wider stance provides stability, and start-up and operation are simple. For a walkaround video of the router go to New Road Products in the Better Roads Digital Edition.
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