Potholes repaired using the FP5 have an increased life over the traditional “throw and roll” method of repair. Using the FP5, the damaged area is broken up and squared off using the pavement breaker. The broken out material is tossed in one of two onboard spoils bins. The air and tack wand blow out any remaining debris and apply the tack coating. Tack coating helps bind the new asphalt to the existing pavement and seals out moisture for a better patch. The material chute delivers the fresh hot asphalt to the prepared area and the compactor then consolidates the material evenly with the existing pavement.
The electric-heating system eliminates the added cost and maintenance of hot oil systems and frequent refills of propane common with all other patchers. The flameless pothole patcher has a hydraulic AC generator that powers the full-length, electric-heating elements. These elements produce consistent material heating throughout the hopper, eliminating hot spots and minimizing potential safety problems associated with propane or heating oil.
The truck-mounted unit receives power from the truck’s engine through the live PTO and can run regardless of the truck’s RPMs or speed. A wet PTO comes standard on trucks with automatic transmissions; extending the life of the PTO and hydraulic pump. It also eliminates the need to remove the hydraulic pump to regularly grease the PTO.