Many often-overlooked and simple practices can help your crew run your asphalt roller more efficiently this paving season. From day-to-day maintenance checks to the incorporation of an asphalt roller release agent, here are 5 tips that you can immediately implement to produce better results on the job and ensure the longevity of your asphalt rollers.

The number one way to ensure that your roller stays out on the job working as efficiently as possible is to conduct frequent maintenance checks. Of course, they can be tedious, but there are a couple of things that should be checked every day.

Conduct a daily walk-around of your roller to identify potential issues before hitting the job site. Ensure safety by checking for loose wiring, leaks indicating hose issues, and assessing the functionality of electrical controls. A thorough examination of the center joint should also be part of this routine.

Maintain peak engine performance by regularly checking and topping up all fluid levels. This includes completing recommended oil changes and ensuring an adequate coolant supply. Refer to the maintenance decal on the machine for specific fluid level guidelines.

Keep the roller drum in optimal condition by inspecting it during your daily visual checks. Look for any surface dings that could lead to imperfections in the mat or asphalt build-up that could make its way back into the mix. Additionally, pay attention to the internal systems within the drum, whether vibratory or oscillatory. Checking oil levels weekly prevents bearing issues that could result in extended downtime for drum removal and replacement.

Check Your Drum Scrapers

Maintaining drum scrapers is a critical aspect of roller maintenance. Drum scrapers play a vital role in holding water against the drum, ensuring proper lubrication and evenly applying your asphalt roller release agent. Worn-out scrapers can result in water loss, causing the asphalt to stick to the drum edges and even enable asphalt pick-up.

Consistent contact between the scraper system and the drums is essential for even water distribution, minimizing the risk of asphalt adherence.

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Fuel Up After Working

Did you know that fueling up your roller at the end of the day can increase efficiency and protect your machine?

This is the easiest tip on the list: fuel up your roller at the end of the day.

But it makes a huge impact on your crew’s efficiency in two ways. 

Firstly, it prevents downtime by reducing the likelihood of condensation in your fuel tank. By keeping it full and filling the tank to the top, you reduce the amount of air in the tank. Less air means less water vapor to condense when the temperature drops at night coming off of a job.

Secondly, it makes your start-up time at the beginning of your next shift faster and easier. Rather than having to worry about whether your roller has enough fuel for the day, your crew can spend an extra few minutes preparing for the job or get started paving earlier. 

Avoid Over Compaction

Another easy tip here for your crew is to avoid over compaction, which leads to faster wear and tear on the machine, as well as ruin your asphalt mat.

Once you’ve reached density, but you continue to hit the same area, you start to damage the asphalt: causing raveling, segregation, and cracking.

But more importantly, over-compaction can quickly wear out the shock mounts in the roller and cause more damage throughout the rest of the machine.

Prevent Asphalt Pick Up With A Roller Release Agent 

Asphalt pickup occurs when fine particles separate from the aggregate, adhering to pneumatic tires and steel rollers, causing gaps in the asphalt mat. This problem necessitates surface repairs by the contractor to avert potential issues in the pavement’s future, such as raveling, cracking, and disintegration.

Contractors face challenges with asphalt pickup, resulting in project delays and elevated costs for material and labor to rectify the surface. With water alone, the affinity of pneumatic tires and rollers to liquid asphalt makes preventing asphalt pickup challenging, but with an asphalt roller release agent, you can eliminate pickup.

Diesel Fuel: The WORST Asphalt Roller Release Agent

Diesel fuel has long served as the go-to asphalt release agent across the paving industry, from hand tools and truck beds to pavers. However, a significant drawback exists in using diesel fuel for this purpose, as it depletes the oil from the aggregate and progressively disintegrates the pavement. Whether applied in a truck bed or on a shovel, diesel fuel strips the asphalt, lingering in the pavement, gradually accelerating its breakdown and leading to premature failure.

This issue extends to asphalt rollers, although it might come as a surprise. Using diesel as an asphalt pickup solution is highly discouraged due to various reasons. Its critical shortcoming lies in its ability to cut through a fresh mat, diminishing its strength and integrity. If combating asphalt pickup is the goal, using a release agent that further compromises the mat’s resilience is counterproductive.

As emphasized in our previous blog posts, diesel fuel is legally prohibited as an asphalt release agent, sanctioned by three federal acts. To uphold quality work and avoid legal complications, steering clear of the “good ol’ number 2” is a good choice for contractors and municipalities.

Eliminating Asphalt Pick Up With PavePro Blue

The most effective method to avert asphalt roller pickup is by incorporating PavePro Blue into the roller’s existing water tank. Available in two convenient forms – ready-to-go and concentrate – our DOT-approved release agent won’t strip the asphalt and is environmentally friendly.

PavePro’s release agents stand in a league of their own. Rigorously tested by the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP), they not only met but exceeded expectations to such an extent that testers had to halt evaluations. This speaks volumes about the exceptional quality of our product.

PavePro Blue acts as a bonding agent between the water and the roller, creating a barrier preventing liquid asphalt from sticking to the roller, thereby eradicating the threat of asphalt pickup.

By implementing these tips into your current paving operations, you can successfully increase your crew’s overall efficiency and decrease the downtime of your asphalt roller. If you are interested in learning more about PavePro’s asphalt roller release agent, click here.


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