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Is It Time For A New  Piece Of Equipment?

Is It Time For A New Piece Of Equipment?

The answer may surprise you. By Brian Hall 2021 has certainly been a roller coaster ride. What started out to be the end of a historic pandemic, has turned into the biggest supply chain challenge many of us have, or will ever, see. As a manufacturer, we have had to...

Tack Coats:

Tack Coats:

Yes, No or Maybe. By Brian Hall Since the main thrust of our articles have been heavily focused on “Best Practices” (Whatever that is), I thought we would spend some time discussing one of the items that gets more overlooked, but gets most of the blame for failure....

Buckle Up

Buckle Up

It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride. By Brian Hall As we (seem) to be nearing the end of the pandemic and getting back to whatever normal is, the paving industry has had a different set of challenges. While work seems to be plentiful, other “opportunities” have reared their...

Long Summer Paving Days Are Here

Long Summer Paving Days Are Here

By Bryce Davis We all love the smell of fresh asphalt or we wouldn’t be in this business. Often riding in a car with family or friends I’d often hear oh, what’s that smell? And I’d respond with what smell? ... it smells good to me. I think once you’re in the asphalt...

The Real Truth About Buying New Equipment

The Real Truth About Buying New Equipment

By Brian Hall Well, we blinked and it’s July. Now that we are finally adjusting to life as we used to know it, many contractors are breathing easier and looking at adding to their fleet. With all the good news concerning infrastructure and building, the demand for new...

Where Does  Safety Rank On Your Jobsite?

Where Does Safety Rank On Your Jobsite?

By Brian Hall During the past year, we have heard so much about keeping safe that we have almost become oblivious to the dangers around us. Construction workers, specifically in the asphalt sector, are statistically at a higher risk for injury than most occupations....

PROTECTING YOUR IMAGE

PROTECTING YOUR IMAGE

In Today's Competitive Workplace By Brian Hall While most of the country is trying to figure out what the “New Normal” is, paving contractors have already figured it out. It’s full steam ahead. With all the competition out there today, how do you insure a full...

Better Decisions Equals Better Results

Better Decisions Equals Better Results

By Brian Hall It seems as if our industry is different than most. The winter months, it seems, is the most popular time to invest in machinery, attachments and accessories. Typically, (whatever that is these days) the first quarter is chock full of local and national...

Grade Control

Grade Control

By Tony Wight As we at LeeBoy like to say, “Paving is still the same as it was from day 1, but the specs and tolerances have changed.” We are all called to give a better product and we are all subject to testing for density and thickness. Being off just a little can...

How do you know what you need before you need it?

How do you know what you need before you need it?

By Jeremiah Reinhardt As we are in a unique time here, you may be asking “What do you need right now? That could vary depending on the sector you are in, or the current situation in your area. What opportunities are available to you with your current customer base?...

What to look for when buying a new  commercial class paver

What to look for when buying a new commercial class paver

By Bryce Davis 2020 has been a very different type of year for most of us in the paving world, to say the least. We’ve all had to adjust to our own new normal way of doing business for the most part. For one, with social distancing and wearing masks or gaiters/buffs...

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...