Widen Your Project
BY Road Widener
This month’s product gallery focuses on paving equipment, pavement maintenance and preservation equipment, and the services and materials used to complete paving and maintenance projects. The team at Road Widener LLC, headquartered in Delafield, Wisconsin, wanted to share with you the increased versatility of its offset vibratory roller attachment with its new spray bar system. Here’s what they’ve written about it:
This spray bar system accessory fits on all offset vibratory roller attachments and aids in suppressing dust particles, compacting aggregates and preventing clumping when rolling hot-mix asphalt (HMA). It is designed to be easily attached to the offset vibratory roller, a compaction attachment that allows the host machine to drive safely on flat ground while compacting shoulders, ditches, trenches and other hard-to-reach areas alongside the road. The spray bar system will allow contractors to increase efficiency and versatility when compacting a variety of materials including asphalt, stone, gravel and topsoil.
“As a company that prides itself in providing unique, profitable solutions, we are always looking for ways to improve our products,” said Lynn Marsh, Road Widener LLC president. “We’re excited to now offer the spray bar system for the offset vibratory roller. We knew the attachment was capable of many forms of compaction, but it was not until the product reached our customers that we realized its full potential. We listened to their feedback and designed a spray bar system that heightens the capabilities of this already one-of-a-kind product.”
Road Widener’s watering system delivers water to the drum surface with a spray bar rail that mounts to the frame of the offset vibratory roller’s drumhead. This allows for water to be delivered directly to the drum surface, offering an efficient way to ensure proper coverage.
For customers that have no current water delivery system, the company offers a complete system that includes two 7-gallon water tanks for each side of the compaction roller, pumps and tubing, as well as the spray bar. The tanks for this system are mounted on the frame of the offset vibratory roller near the attachment plate so that the unit can be moved to other host machines while retaining its ability to deliver water. Alternatively, the company offers the system minus the storage tanks and pumps for customers that already have a water storage tank on their machine. With this option, they can simply connect the Road Widener spray bar system to their existing tank.
The offset vibratory roller offers contractors a safe option over self-propelled compaction machines that have a great risk of tipping on uneven terrain. The attachment’s offset, patented design allows the host machine to drive safely on flat ground while compacting sloping shoulders, ditches, trenches and other hard-to-reach areas alongside the road. These are tasks that have traditionally put road crews in danger of rollover accidents, increased workers’ comp costs and led to poor safety ratings.
“The United States Department of Transportation’s Road to Zero Deaths initiative is a program we feel strongly about,” Marsh said. “We’ve worked in the road construction industry and know firsthand the challenges and dangers crewmembers are up against each day. This led us to engineer a solution to heighten safety with an offset design. We believe that our offset vibratory roller will help achieve the goal of Moving to Zero because it truly offers incomparable compaction safety.”
The offset vibratory roller has a total reach of 9 feet and can be purchased with a 2-, 3- or 4-foot-wide drum. The drums can pivot up to 30 degrees, reach up to 30 inches below the mounting point, and are interchangeable. This allows road crews to take on jobs of varying sizes and aggregates by purchasing additional drums instead of investing in multiple self-propelled machines. Additionally, the vibratory feature operates between 2,500-3,500 vibrations per minute for optimal compaction.
The offset vibratory roller attaches to any host loader, skid steer, compact track loader or road grader by inserting the host machine’s lift arm pads into the offset vibratory roller’s universal mounting pad. All the functions for the offset vibratory roller, including the movement of the offset arm, the twist of the roller head, and the float and vibration settings, are controlled via a wireless remote control that the operator keeps with them in the cab of the host machine.
An adapter plate is also available for host machines like compact backhoes and telescopic loaders that may not be readily set up to accept standard attachments. It is compatible with standard and high-flow hydraulics. The attachment operates without an engine, powertrain, or any associated parts of its own, which makes for less maintenance than self-propelled machines while also reducing labor.
For more information, visit the Road Widener website or call (844) 494-3363.
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