Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment: Asphalt Recycler & Hot Box
“Versatile Asphalt Maintenance Equipment – An Asphalt Recycler and an Asphalt Hot Box in one!”
Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment (aka Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment) manufactures portable, affordable asphalt recyclers & hot boxes from 1/2 ton to 10 ton capacity — trailer, slip-in, MINI, dump box and hook lift. Falcon equipment is used for routine pavement maintenance including point repairs, patches, utility cuts, and pothole repairs. As recycled asphalt is able to be used to make the asphalt repairs, this reduces both material and labor costs. It also helps with the conservation of natural resources, which helps the environment.
Founded in 2004, Falcon was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing road maintenance equipment manufacturer in the United States and one of the countries fastest growing woman owned businesses. Private customers and municipalities in 54 states and provinces across the United States and Canada include Falcon’s asphalt recycler & hot box in their road maintenance programs.
There are four million roadway miles across the United States and Canada valued at $1.75 trillion1 (about $500,000 per mile); 90% are asphalt. The responsibility for maintaining these roads rests with street departments of the 59,0002 cities, towns and counties across North America and state departments of transportation. Other markets dealing with asphalt maintenance include public and private utilities, private contractors, departments of parks and recreation, colleges and universities, airports, golf courses, venues (ex. zoos, racetracks) and railroads.
Asphalt is the most recycled material in the U.S. with 3% of the roads being recycled.3 Asphalt plants are the primary recyclers, however, the number of street departments adding asphalt recycling to their road maintenance program is growing rapidly. The need to reduce costs and a desire to create environmentally sustainable communities is driving this growth. Using recycled asphalt to repair roads reduces disposal costs and landfill use, conserves aggregate and petroleum resources and eliminates the need for temporary repairs during cold weather months.
The company’s primary competitor is the unheated bed of a truck. Some efforts are made to keep asphalt warm with an asphalt tarp cover but since asphalt begins to harden in less than 3 hours, transporting asphalt in this manner results in scrap rates and labor inefficiencies no longer affordable. In addition, this approach to road maintenance does not provide the capability needed to repair roads with recycled asphalt.
Looking ahead, state and municipal governments will struggle to deal with decreasing budgets. As funds to replace existing roads become increasingly scarce, the emphasis placed on road maintenance and preservation will intensify. Despite the financial challenges ahead, road repairs will continue. More and more, these repairs will be performed with recycled asphalt.
1National Association of Pavement Preservation
2Rand McNally Road Atlas, 2002, pages 236 to 264.
3Roads & Bridges, May 2007, Volume 45, Number 5