The contractors at Raymond Wolk Paving are pretty savvy about knowing what materials and equipment they’ll need to complete a paving project. Our asphalt pavers at R Wolk Paving are here to provide some advice for any contractor who might be looking to purchase paving equipment.
You Get What You Pay For
Pavers require a large up-front cost, but can be a great long-term investment. With proper preventive maintenance, pavers are designed to run reliably for more than 10 years. Communicate with the manufacturer to get a full understanding of the total ownership costs of the machine you’re buying. Pay particular attention to parts that tend to wear, such as slate drive chains, slat bars, and conveyor floor liners.
Make sure all of these parts are designed to give you years of service without needing to be replaced and come with a strong warranty. Also make sure the rubber tracks on the paver are warranted for at least three years or 3,000 hours. Buying a paver can be a smart move but it’s important to remember that total ownership cost not only includes the purchase price, but also owning and operating costs, as well as resale value.
Evaluating a machine’s features is a crucial part of purchasing a paver. Certain features can help deliver a high-quality product to customers and take businesses like Raymond Wolk Paving to the next level. We understand that a good paving job can last as a calling card for years to come and R Wolk Paving wants to make sure our machines provide all of the necessary functions to complete every project.
Investigate Feeder System
Buyers of pavers will also want to make sure they take a look at a machine’s feeder system to make sure it can deliver material in a consistent manner. This feeder system controls the machine’s ability to maintain straight-line travel and is integral for smoothness and joint quality.
Check for Onboard Diagnostics
Onboard diagnostic capability on a paver can be a significant advantage. This kind of setup provides the ability to troubleshoot electrical problems without needing to bring additional equipment onboard like a laptop.