Sunday | July 23, 2017

Keep it Up Archive

Whether you’re an independent truck driver with your own commercial vehicle, like Steve Murray, pictured here, or a driver in a company that maintains a whole fleet of trucks for daily delivery of perishable mixes, keeping each vehicle in optimum working order is an important piece of the paving puzzle. With new engine emissions regulations and electronic data logging rules out there, advanced technology can either help or hinder the regular maintenance regimen. Photo courtesy John Ball of Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tips to Maintain your Haul Truck

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Professionals suggest tuning the burner every spring. Perform all maintenance work when the gas is off and proper lockout/tagout procedures are met. Photo courtesy Chris Harrison.

Lock Out/Tag Out For Safe Plant Maintenance

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3 Best Portable Jump Starters

Imagine this: You’re out on a job and about to fill up your...
Dispensing DEF from a closed system helps ensure fluid quality and longevity of the SCR system. All photos courtesy of Thunder Creek Equipment.

How You Should Handle DEF

Most paving contractors know exactly how to handle their equipment for winter storage....
Workers at Oldcastle Materials—Montana Companies, based in Helena, Montana, developed the asphalt drum non-entry rescue system, which incorporates aircraft cabling, a rescue pulley, and a fall-protection harness to help keep safety a top priority during drum maintenance. Photo courtesy National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Keep Asphalt Drum Maintenance Safety in Mind

During the midyear meeting in Seattle, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced...
Valley Asphalt Corp

Keep Silo Maintenance Safety a Top Priority

During the midyear meeting in Seattle, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced...
Check the screw in the depth crank. If it’s worn out, it can cause the screed to lurch forward or backward when the screed operator tries to make a simple adjustment. That will mar the mat.

How to Maintain Your Screed

  To pave a smooth mat, a number of variables must be managed,...
The haul truck you see here obviously garners attention everywhere it goes. Its driver has the responsibility to keep it in excellent repair not only for the company’s good reputation, but also for his safety. By keeping a routine maintenance schedule, haul truck drivers nip problems in the bud. That’s vital when carrying 16, 18 or 20+ tons of hot material through traffic and then delivering that material to a receiving hopper alongside co-workers.

Basic Steps of Haul Truck Maintenance

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Cat 962M

Maintaining Equipment Starts with Optimization

Before the economic uncertainties of 2008, increasing productivity was often accomplished by upgrading...
The lube skids that Valley Industries, Hastings, Nebraska, customizes for clients can feature a number of hoses and reels that meter product from tanks of specific capacities. Shawn Crawford of Auto Truck Group explained that a mid-sized highway contractor might need four 60-gallon tanks for clean oil on the jobsite with four reels, and a 200-gallon waste oil tank. He said, “The skids can be flexibly customized almost like putting together Legos.”

Streamline Field Service to Compete Better

By Del Williams To gain a competitive edge and save costs on some...

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