The asphalt paver is an essential piece of equipment for the process of laying asphalt pavement, the most common type of paved surface in North America. Asphalt is found on approximately 90 percent of covered surfaces, whereas the primary alternative to asphalt, concrete, is more costly yet more durable. Concrete paving is usually done with slipform pavers, a piece of machinery with a smaller market in North America and not covered in this report. The report also does not focus on companies that produce extremely small, “mini-pavers” exclusively, machines that are used just for more limited projects such as sidewalks or paths.
Sidewalks, narrow paths, or walking trails are just some of the types of surfaces covered by asphalt. The most common applications are highways and roads, but asphalt is also used to cover driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, race tracks, and airports, among other applications. Asphalt pavers come in wheeled or tracked models, with typical horsepower ranges from 25 to 250 hp, though one model exceeds 400 hp.
Asphalt pavers are designated as highway-class or commercial-class machines. There are several ways of marking the distinctions between the two classes. For highway pavers, the tractor or body of the machine is separate from the screed, the device used for leveling the asphalt. In commercial-class models, the tractor and screed form one unit. Highway pavers are generally more powerful (125+ hp) and heavier (19,000+ lbs.) than commercial pavers, though sometimes the lines blur and a machine might have more power than 125 hp yet weigh less than 19,000 lbs. In general, highway pavers tackle the large projects, such as highways, roads and city streets, airport runways , large parking lots or any jobsite with a large surface area. Commercial pavers have traditionally been used for less demanding paving, such as small lots, paths, and driveways, but some newer models are more powerful and capable of more challenging work.
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