Marvin Joles III

We just bought a gang of equipment this spring at Wis-Coat Asphalt Maintenance. The type of equipment that makes you consider either taking “Asphalt Maintenance” off the end of your business name or adding “and Paving” to it.

Paver. Skid Steer. Deckover Trailer. Vibratory Roller. Crack Routers.

No doubt about it, it’s a huge leap and big cost association with it. I wanted to make sure I was being smart about the purchases. I am fortunate enough to have been around the best paving companies in the industry and the great employees/owners that make those companies thrive. So, I did plenty of research, but also took my team and goals into consideration in this process.

When buying Asphalt Paving and Maintenance equipment, there are several important factors to consider; ensuring you get the right equipment for your needs. I wanted to share with you the 10 things I found myself taking into consideration recently when buying:

  1. Type of Equipment: Determine the specific type of asphalt paving equipment you need, whether it’s an asphalt paver, asphalt roller, asphalt distributor, or other machinery based on the scale and nature of your paving projects.
  2. Quality and Durability: Look for equipment from reputable manufacturers known for producing high-quality and durable machinery. This ensures reliability and longevity, reducing downtime and maintenance costs in the long run.
  3. Performance: Evaluate the performance capabilities of the equipment, including factors such as paving width, paving speed, compaction efficiency, and fuel efficiency. Choose equipment that can meet the requirements of your projects efficiently.
  4. Versatility: Consider whether the equipment is versatile enough to handle various types of paving jobs and different types of asphalt mixes. Versatile equipment can adapt to different project requirements, maximizing its utility.
  5. Ease of Operation: Opt for equipment that is user-friendly and easy to operate. This is important for reducing training time for operators and ensuring smooth operation on-site.
  6. Maintenance Requirements: Assess the maintenance needs of the equipment, including frequency of maintenance, availability of spare parts, and ease of servicing. Equipment with low maintenance requirements can minimize downtime and operational costs.
  7. Safety Features: Prioritize equipment with built-in safety features to protect operators and workers on-site. This includes features such as rollover protection systems, visibility enhancements, and warning systems.
  8. Cost and Value: Consider the initial purchase cost as well as the overall value the equipment provides over its lifespan. While it’s important to stay within budget, prioritize value over the lowest price to avoid compromising on quality and performance.
  9. Warranty and Support: Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer and the availability of technical support and after-sales service. A comprehensive warranty and reliable support can provide peace of mind and assistance in case of any issues.
  10. Reviews and Recommendations: Research reviews and seek recommendations from industry professionals or peers who have experience with the equipment you’re considering. Their insights can help you make an informed decision.

By carefully considering these factors, you can select equipment that meets your requirements and delivers optimal performance for your paving projects.
As always, if you have any insight or criticisms about this article or anything in it, please feel free to email me at and of course, reach out to us at Blacktop Banter on any form of social media. You can listen to the Blacktop Banter Podcast anywhere podcasts are available, and the Video Versions are always posted to the Blacktop Banter YouTube Channel.

Marvin Joles III, Owner of Wis-Coat Asphalt Maintenance and host of Blacktop Banter podcast. You can listen to and watch Blacktop Banter podcasts by visiting