Insulated 5.1-cubic-yard hopper keeps asphalt pliable for extended periods of time.

Bergkamp Inc., offers the all-in-one Bergkamp FP5 Flameless Pothole Patcher, which drastically reduces material waste with its insulated 5.1-cubic-yard electric-heated hopper that keeps asphalt at a constant temperature and pliable for an extended period of time. The FP5 comes standard with the InPave Technology Pothole Patching Management System to monitor and manage pothole patching performance. InPave Technology provides an easy way to monitor production, performance and location of each pothole patcher and crew, with multiple data reporting sensors that are strategically placed throughout the FP5. As potholes are repaired, the data is automatically gathered by the InPave Technology and transmitted back to the office. The web-based technology allows data retrieval from any computer with Internet access.

Potholes repaired using the FP5 have an increased life over the traditional “throw and roll” method. The damaged area is removed and squared off using the pavement breaker. The air and tack wand blows out any remaining debris and applies the tack coating, which helps bind the new asphalt to the existing pavement. The material chute delivers the fresh hot asphalt to the prepared area, and the compactor then consolidates the material evenly with the existing pavement.

The truck-mounted unit’s electric-heat system uses an onboard hydraulic-powered AC generator to warm the full-length, electric-heating elements. These elements produce consistent material heating throughout the hopper, eliminate hot spots and minimize potential safety problems associated with propane or heating oil. The thermostat allows the temperature to be set to match the material being transported. The system can be plugged into an external power source to keep material at the proper temperature overnight or over a weekend—reducing material waste and providing flexibility when filling the unit.

The FP5’s standard 140-degree material chute can be locked at different height angles and in 15-degree side-to-side increments. Its optional patented swing auger system provides even more flexibility in pothole repair. The swing auger system delivers asphalt material in a wider arc that ranges from the driver-side wheel track past the passenger-side wheel track—making it an ideal tool for easy and efficient repair of shoulder, curb and gutter deterioration. This unique replacement for standard material chutes allows for precise and continual placement of asphalt, so small crews can easily fix many potholes from one truck location, without difficult hand work. Retrofit kits are available for current FP5 owners.

The standard material chute, optional swing auger, spoils bins and tools can be easily accessed from the back or curbside on the machine, so the operator can safely reach them without stepping into traffic. A hydraulic lift platform lowers the pavement breaker and plate compactor (or optional single-drum roller) from transport position to ground level to reduce the risk of back injury.

The unit receives power from the truck’s engine through the live PTO and can run independent of its RPMs or speed. A wet spline PTO comes standard on trucks with automatic transmissions, extending the life of the PTO and hydraulic pump and eliminating the need to remove the hydraulic pump to grease the PTO.

The tack coating storage tank is kept warm using an indirect electric-heating band to keep the material evenly heated so there is no damage to the emulsion. The air-driven tack wand delivers an even, consistent coat and is self-cleaning—minimizing the chance of the wand clogging.

Bergkamp Inc.

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