Rabine Paving

by | Aug 19, 2019 | General

We Love Falcon!!!


I and our team are excited to own Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment’s asphalt hot box.

We have invested in many hot box brands over the past 30 years and I’m confident this is the best quality hot box we have ever owned. If you are a commercial pavement maintenance company like us, you deserve this tool in your pavement repair toolbox.

“A Falcon hot box makes the small asphalt jobs a breeze!”

When Rabine America needed a better solution for our pothole and pavement repair operations we turned to Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment.  We wanted an “Asphalt Hot Box” machine that was versatile, would improve our repair processes and would have the best ROI.

Golf Course Repairs – Bogeys to Birdies

Many of our contracts are in the golf course industry for the maintenance and upkeep of parking lots and the cart paths.  The team recognized we weren’t up to par when it came to getting the asphalt mix out to the far reaches of the golf course efficiently.

The process was to go to the asphalt plant, load a dump truck with hot mix, then drive to the golf course (while the mix was cooling).  Then, because we could not take the truck out on the course, we had to load the mix into the bucket of a skidsteer.  By the time we got to the patchwork areas the mix was no longer at optimum temperature and difficult to work with.

This resulted in too much material returned to the asphalt plant.  So not only were we wasting material, but we were also wasting man hours.

Rabine’s new process is to take the Falcon hot box to the plant, load it up and then go directly to the work areas…keeping the mix hot along the way.  Now the work can be done correctly and timely with no wasted hot mix, and our labor costs were reduced by 50%!  With the new process the team is now “making birdies” on the golf courses with the Falcon hot box.

“With the Falcon hot box, we can get our 4 tons of mix and work all day long.”

A Major Improvement

Another way Rabine uses Falcon hot boxes to improve results and save money is servicing our Major Retailers’ parking lots and service areas all over the Midwest.  The hot summers and cold winters are tough on pavement year-round.  As a result, the Rabine team gets calls to repair potholes all year.

The severity and location of the repair will dictate the level of response time required by the customer according to their contract.  This can range from a 3-day response, for a low priority repair, to emergency repairs, which require a 4-hour response time.  Having to go to an asphalt plant to get hot mix to perform an emergency repair or buying low quality cold patch was problematic.  In order to improve emergency service levels, we needed to have access to hot mix 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Falcon demonstrated to Rabine America how the Falcon hot box is designed to hold hot asphalt overnight, providing us with hot mix availability at any time; day, night or on the weekend.

Our Operations Manager said to me, “Keeping our client’s happy with improved service levels is our number one priority, and the Falcon hot box ensures we can deliver like never before.”


Gary Rabine

CEO, Rabine Paving

Rabine Paving is a full-service provider of commercial asphalt and concrete parking lots servicing the Chicagoland area and surrounding states including Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. We engineer, construct and maintain parking lots of all sizes throughout the Midwest. In Chicago, we service utility companies and specialize in pavement repairs including roads, sidewalks and parking lots.

Falcon manufactures a portable asphalt recycler & hot box used by thousands of municipalities and contractors worldwide to improve their pothole patching results.  When used as a hot box, it keeps asphalt hot all day and holds it overnight.  When used as a recycler, it provides year-round access to hot mix asphalt.  Falcon manufactures a variety of asphalt hot box models along with their unique Tack Tank Trailer product line. (view more details at www.falconrme.tempurl.host)

Falcon hot boxes are highly versatile, and they are available in a trailer, slip-in or hook lift configuration. Falcon can help you with your pothole patching results using their industry leading hot box. For more information please call 1-877-FALCON4 or visit their website @ www.falconrme.tempurl.host

Falcon Hot Boxes provide the best value to their customers


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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