Does your road maintenance plan still fit?
Your network of roads is steadily growing. The traffic on those roads is increasing exponentially. Your method of fixing potholes worked great 60 years ago. But how well does it fit your current infrastructure? It’s time to look for new ways to keep your roads safe and well maintained without breaking your budget.
Do you want to save money?
Keep your roads in good repair for less money. Your roads cost millions of dollars to build. Make sure they last. For every year that you extend the life of one of your roads, you’ll save millions of dollars. Repair potholes once – don’t make temporary repairs that must be re-done. Repair potholes while they are small and prevent damage to the vehicles travelling on your roads.
Would you like to save lives?
Keep your employees safely out of traffic. Too many workers suffer critical or fatal injuries when working on the roads. Don’t let potholes grow while waiting for the perfect time and perfect weather. Repair them before they become a danger and cause damage to vehicles. Help prevent deadly accidents caused by potholes. Motorcycle riders will love you for giving them a smooth, safe ride.
Do you need to maintain traffic flow?
Don’t disrupt traffic flow while repairing roads. Our network of highways is the circulatory system of our economy. And when we restrict the flow of traffic, we’re restricting its lifeblood. The number of motor vehicles in the world topped the one billion mark in 2010. Every time you limit that traffic flow, you are affecting the economy through lost productivity, late deliveries, and a ripple effect resulting in losses. And, if you add in the impact of lost tempers and impatient drivers, those losses can multiply. When using the Python® 5000 / Python® 5000+, there’s rarely a need to close all or part of a road. The apparent warning lights and arrows on the Python® 5000 / Python® 5000+ will be all you need to alert drivers for lower traffic areas. On busier highways, you’ll likely need an accompanying vehicle(s) to control traffic flow around the Python® 5000 / Python® 5000+. We refer to this as a rolling traffic closure.
How the Python® works
The operator fills the hopper with the asphalt mix - either hot or cold. The hopper keeps the asphalt at the desired temperature by capturing heat from the engine exhaust. Using in-cab controls, the operator positions the working arm over the top of the hole. An air jet nozzle blasts water, dust, gravel and other debris from the pothole, providing a clean contact area for the patching material. The operator may spray the area with an emulsive tack oil, depending on the conditions. The auger system carries the required amount of asphalt mix from the hopper and delivers it to the pothole. The roller provides the finishing touches, compacting the asphalt and leaving behind a long-lasting patch that’s superior to those created by manual methods. The entire procedure takes less than two minutes for an average-sized pothole. The Python® has sufficient warning lights so urban streets and more minor, lesser-travelled roads won’t require any road closures. An accompanying warning/crash truck can provide a rolling road on busy freeways.
Choosing the right Python®
Python® 5000 (Outside of North America & Europe: Tier 3)
The Python® 5000 comes with a Tier 3 John Deere engine. It is for customers in countries where is there is little access to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel.
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Python® 5000+ (Inside of North America & Europe + All other countries require ULSD fuel: Tier 4 Final)
The Python® 5000+ is for towns, cities and highway departments in North America and Europe (Also, all other countries require ULSD fuel) that want to preserve their roads and save money. And, it’s for contractors who want to make money. The Python® 5000+ comes with a Tier 4 Final Cummins engine with Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel.
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