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The Basics of Screed Management

The Basics of Screed Management

By Brian Hall Too many times, on the job site I hear problems such as “I can’t get my screed to do what you told me me it would do”. Many times this can be corrected by an easy screed setup or just a few twists and turns. Every screed, no matter who the manufacturer,...

Why the Asphalt Paving Business?

Why the Asphalt Paving Business?

By Bryce Davis In today’s world, why would anyone want to start a paving business? For one it’s extremely messy, hot, dirty, and very hard work. And that’s just the paving side of the business. Then on top of that you have the stress of sales, accounting bookkeeping,...

The Unsung Hero of the Paving Job

The Unsung Hero of the Paving Job

By Tony Wight Tack tanks are typically the most overlooked machine on the paving fleet. While not every paving job requires using tack, best practices demand that tack be used when appropriate. For many commercial applications, a large distributor truck is not...

Segregation The Enemy of Quality

Segregation The Enemy of Quality

By Tony Wight Many of us know there are a multitude of problems and issues that need to be avoided when paving either a road, commercial parking lot or a driveway. Everything from water flow and slope to texture and shadows in the mat. One of the major challenges is...

Don’t lose sight, be prepared, accidents happen

Don’t lose sight, be prepared, accidents happen

By Dean Skinner Construction and Paving contractors throughout North America have been deemed “essential businesses” and must be innovative to find ways to prevent their workforce contracting and spreading COVID - 19. It is only natural that a strong safety emphasis...

Compaction Basics For Success

Compaction Basics For Success

By John Greaney Early in my career, I was told a truth that has rung true for years. An experienced contactor said, “A good roller man can make a bad paving job look good, but a bad roller man can really mess up the best paving job.” There have been many innovations...

Buying a Used Paver

Buying a Used Paver

By Rick Smith Sometimes when a new paver is in the budget, new might not be the best option. While a new machine has many benefits such as warranty and depreciation, used machines carry a high return on investment. This month we will discuss the visual items that...

The True Value of the Local Asphalt Equipment Dealer

The True Value of the Local Asphalt Equipment Dealer

By Bryce Davis It’s funny, we all have had these thoughts from time to time. If I can buy that truck direct from the manufacturer, I’ll save so much money. Or if I could buy that motorcycle direct from the manufacturer, win, win. Or that asphalt paver, save, save,...

Breathe in, Breathe out, Move Forward

Breathe in, Breathe out, Move Forward

By Brian Hall Well, it happened again, we blinked and another year has gone by. By all accounts, 2019 was a busy year and slow, steady growth is predicted for 2020. Chances are, you’re reading this issue at a trade show or local asphalt meeting, or maybe just to pass...

Seven Tools to Success

Seven Tools to Success

By Brian Hall I teach quite a few “Best Practices” classes each year and the number one question that gets asked (albeit under everyone’s breath) is “What can this salesman teach me? I mean, I’m out there every day and this guy is riding around in his air conditioned...

Are You Buying or Being Sold?

Are You Buying or Being Sold?

By Brian Hall Where did 2019 go? Seems as if we were just getting the year started and now in many regions, plants are shutting down. From most accounts, it was a busy year. Many states passed infrastructure bills which kept everyone working in their own specialty. To...

A Look Inside Your Local Equipment Dealership

A Look Inside Your Local Equipment Dealership

By Brian Hall As a general rule, manufactures typically sell their products through dealers. This insures the end user can get prompt, qualified service and support. But aside from the occasional sales call, not too many folks know what makes the typical dealership...

Set Yourself Up For Success

Set Yourself Up For Success

By Brian Hall Perfection. It’s what we all strive for, whether it’s on the jobsite or in our personal lives. Sometimes we get close, many times we fall short, but the pursuit never should cease. When talking to contractors, I always tell them, “give yourself the best...

It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Engine.

It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Engine.

By Brian Hall As I was on a paving jobsite today, it occurred to me – Why would anyone get into the paving business? It’s 100 degrees, 80 percent humidity and no wind. Add in 300 degree asphalt and you’ve got the makings of a heat stroke! And this was all before 9 am....