How Much Do Asphalt Hot Boxes Cost?

by | Feb 28, 2022 | FalconNOW

Hot boxes are an indispensable piece of equipment that can help reduce operator fatigue, increase productivity, and keep the asphalt at optimal temperatures throughout the day.

Many people often ask what an asphalt hot box costs and the short answer is that it depends on a few things. Read on to learn more about the primary considerations for pricing a hot box.  

Asphalt Hot Box Price Quoting Factors 

There are several important questions that you’ll need to know the answers to before you can get an accurate asphalt hot box cost quote:

  • How do you handle your patching operations now, and what methods do you use to fill potholes?
  • Are you repairing potholes, utility cuts, or both?
  • What materials do you use in your patching operation? Do you use hot mix, cold mix, or both?
  • Do you only plan on using it to transport material and keep it at the optimum temperature all day? Or, do you want the ability to reclaim or recycle asphalt materials? 
  • What do you require for your asphalt program?
  • Do you plan to use the machine for conducting temporary repairs or more permanent repairs?
  • Do you have to go out for a bid, or can you utilize state/national contracts or co-ops? 

Price Quoting Factors for Trailer-Mounted and Truck-Mounted Hot Boxes

Trailer-mounted hot boxes are extremely popular due to their versatility and affordability. They are available in 1 ton to 6-ton capacities. The 4 ton is the most widely used trailer model in the market. Truck-mounted hot boxes and asphalt recyclers can slide into the bed of a truck and are available in 2,3,4,5,6,8, or 10-ton capacities. Truck-mounted hot boxes can be configured to utilize the truck’s dumping capabilities or with a self-dumping system supplied with the hopper. Customized sub-frames for hook lift, roll-off, or chassis-mount systems are available.

When pricing either trailer-mounted or truck-mounted hotbox, there are a few questions you’ll need to answer:

  • How will you use the machine?
  • What materials will you use? 
  • What size is required?
  • Does a trailer work for your operation, or would you prefer a slip-in or hook lift?
  • If you prefer truck-mounted, do you have a dedicated truck, and how is it configured?

Other Options Contributing to Asphalt Hot Box Cost

Many options will improve the overall functionality of your asphalt hot box. 

The three most popular upgrade packages are the tack tank and spray system, hoist for the compactor (with electric winch), and various lighting upgrades. A variety of additional options are available.  

We offer a Quick Ship package which includes machines configured with our most popular specification package. This package includes a battery charger, 24-hour timer, release agent sprayer basket, night work lights, strobe warning lights, and a 3 position tool holder. We have a list of additional customizable bolt-on options that can be added at the time of order or they can be easily added in the field at a later date.

How to Keep the Cost Down

There are several things that you can do to help keep the overall cost of an asphalt hot box down, such as:

  • Order a standard quick ship and add options at a later date. This will allow you to get the hot box as soon as possible while retaining the ability to add options in the future—an ideal choice for companies or organizations looking to position themselves for operational growth or upsizing. The options are “bolt-on” making for easy installation at a later date.
  • Take advantage of equipment leasing options. 
  • Consider purchasing a well-maintained used rental unit
  • You can also take advantage of the Sourcewell national contract.

Asphalt Hot Boxes and Benefits from Falcon Asphalt 

One of the biggest surprises our customers find in our pricing is that it’s much lower than the equipment they’re used to buying. There are many benefits you’ll get from a hot box, including:

  • Keeping material at an optimum temperature all-day
  • Having material at the proper temperature so it stays in the hole longer and provides a superior patch (the first two points are repeating)
  • Reduction of trips to repair the same hole
  • Ease of use for the operators
  • Increase crew productivity
  • Ability to hold the material overnight

Which Asphalt Hot Box is Right for You?

The best way to determine asphalt hot box cost is to understand the models, look over the options, and decide what is a must-have—and what is a nice-to-have. Hot boxes are far less expensive than subcontracting out the work and will provide you with the ability to perform emergency repairs at a moment’s notice. If you contact us we will put you in touch with our local dealer or our local regional manager.

Learn more about equipment options by clicking the box below.

Asphalt patching is essential in maintaining roadways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces. Patch trucks are the de facto workhorse used by many municipalities and patching operations thanks to their efficiency and cost-effectiveness. 

The downside to traditional asphalt patching trucks is that they require a CDL license to operate. Hiring CDL workers is difficult because there are few out there, and if you do find one, you’ll need to pay them a higher salary.

Non-CDL asphalt patch trucks are the answer to this costly problem. Non-CDL patch trucks look and operate the same as traditional ones. However, they weigh less than 26,000 pounds, which is the cutoff for requiring a CDL license.

Read on to learn more about Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks, their features, and the benefits they will add to your patching operation.

CDL Requirements

Part of the reason why CDL drivers are so expensive to hire and somewhat challenging to find is that it’s not easy to become one. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Safety Act of 1986 sets forth the requirements for obtaining a CDL license.

All applicants must first apply for and receive a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). This enables them to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle while being supervised by an instructor.

To apply for a CDL, applicants must:

  • Have a valid non-commercial driver’s license
  • Be at least 21 years old (if transporting hazardous materials or driving across state lines)
  • Have proof of citizenship and residency
  • Pass all background checks
  • Pass an intensive medical examination
  • Provide a statement that certifies they’re not subject to disqualification as per FMCSA 383.51
  • Pass a state-approved written test and road test

Competition to hire CDL drivers is relatively intense and often results in very high salary and benefits packages. Many municipalities and smaller patching operations often cannot afford to offer competitive salaries and benefits commensurate with what large corporations will pay.

How Non-CDL Asphalt Patching Trucks Work

The FMCSA requires all trucks that weigh 26,001 lbs or more to have a driver with a CDL license. Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks weigh under 26,000 lbs—meaning anyone with a valid standard driver’s license can operate them.

How is that possible?

For starters, a Falcon non-CDL patch truck does not utilize an auger or conveyor belt like a traditional one. Instead, Falcon uses a gravity dump to deliver the material to the patch site.

Augers, conveyors, and the hydraulics used to run them are extremely heavy. The lack of those parts allows the Falcon patch truck to weigh less than 26,000 lbs.

Benefits of a Falcon Non-CDL Asphalt Patch Truck

In addition to not requiring a CDL license, Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks have a user-friendly design that offers several other benefits, such as:

Faster material delivery

Traditional patch trucks that utilize an auger and conveyor belt are limited in the quantity of material and speed they can deliver it due to their significantly smaller unloading opening. This can substantially slow down worker productivity and cause each patch job to take longer.

Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks have the largest delivery doors on the market. This means workers have the flexibility to determine how much material they want and at what speeds they will get it. Those same large doors also allow for easier access to the hopper for cleaning.

Lowered lifetime cost

Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks are more cost-effective than their counterparts, thanks to the lack of hydraulics, augers, and conveyor belts. Fewer components mean fewer things that can break down in the future.

Another significant cost saver is that you won’t have to hire an expensive driver with a CDL license. If that driver should suddenly resign or call in sick, you’d be scrambling to find someone qualified to drive a CDL truck.

More fuel efficient

Because Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks do not have hydraulic motors or pumps to turn an auger, they also burn less fuel. That adds up to significant cost savings over an 8-hour shift. 

Fewer trips to the asphalt plant

Workers also have the option to hold material overnight, which allows them to start working immediately the next day instead of waiting in line at the asphalt plant—which might be located on the other side of town—in rush hour traffic. 

Fewer moving parts

Due to not having an auger, hydraulic pump, or conveyor belt, Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks have fewer parts than their traditional counterparts. This directly translates into increased uptime availability and lower maintenance and operating costs over the truck’s lifetime.

Sufficient capacity

Non-CDL asphalt patch trucks from Falcon have an 8,000 lb carrying capacity—which is more than enough material to be held at the optimum temperature.  


One of the most significant benefits of the Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch truck is that it uses the same guts, hopper, and tack tank as their other highly popular and durable hotboxes, trailers, and recyclers. 

Your choice of truck

The Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch truck requires a class 6 truck. You can supply your own truck or choose from one of seven different models that we’ll provide:

  • Ford F750
  • Freightliner MD6 106
  • Hino 268A
  • International MV
  • Kenworth T270
  • Mack MD6
  • Peterbilt 536/7

The size, brand, options, etc. of the truck we supply will determine the final cost. If you have a different brand truck than listed above, call us and we’ll help you figure out if we can make it work. We’re more than happy to consider alternative truck options.

Non-CDL Asphalt Patch Truck Required Maintenance

Falcon non-CDL asphalt patch trucks require very little maintenance compared to their traditional counterparts. However, basic maintenance requirements are the same as other patchers, including burner and battery maintenance, keeping the hopper clean, and truck upkeep.


Falcon Non-CDL Asphalt Patching Trucks

Falcon non-CDL asphalt patching trucks will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. They’ll increase productivity and efficiency while reducing the need for expensive maintenance and operators. Click below to learn more.


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