[Job Story] Simex Asphalt Planers at Work for Road Surface Scarification on two Italian Worksites

Two testimonials from Italian road construction sites that see asphalt planers from the PL range with oversized drums at work, specially made for scarification of road running surface.In the wide range of cold planers, Simex offers 4 models with oversized drums, specific for scarifying the road surface: PL 1000, 1200,1500 and 2000 road planers, with a width of 100, 120, 150 and 200 cm each, at a working depth of max. 130 mm.

Like other road planers in the range, the PL wide machines benefit from Simex-technological solutions, some of them patented, such as the self-levelling system to the road surface which ensures constant milling depth in any condition, regardless of ground contour or the position of the attachment with respect to the prime mover.  The independent depth adjustment on the right and left sides, granting perfectly flat surfaces with side-by-side passes; the floating transverse tilt that allows to keep the drum of the planer always aligned to the ground, even when the prime mover is not parallel to the road surface. The built-in water tank that controls dust produced during milling operation. And finally, the Performer device, which allows the operator to optimize the equipment’s performance according to the forward speed of the operating machine.

We visited two road construction sites where a PL 1000 was used respectively in the province of Vicenza, and a PL 2000 in the municipality of Florence. Let’s find out the details.

PL 1000 in Bassano del Grappa: scarification and asphalt restoration after the optical fiber installation by the company Loro Gino srl.

«To carry out the milling work, we relied on the PL 1000 planer set at a depth of 40 mm, mounted on our CAT299XE skid steer loader, thus obtaining excellent performance both in terms of restoration quality and forward speed», said Daniele Francia, site manager of Loro Gino srl, grandson of the founder. Loro Gino srl is a Bologna road construction company active since 1960, specializing in paving and urbanization, sewerage, earthmoving, demolition and construction.

«We chose Simex for the great reliability of the equipment, it is no coincidence that we own 4 other cold planers from the PL range in the company. Specifically, we really appreciate the new lateral slide, redesigned for protecting the corner-shaped hoses from abrasion when working flush to the wall»

continued Daniele Francia.

After the installation of the optical fiber by another company, Loro Gino srl was contracted out for the milling and restoration of the deterioration deriving from trench backfilling. Thanks to the independent depth adjustment on the right and left sides, the operator was able to carry out two side-by-side passes in a precise way, for a total surface rehabilitation of 2 metres.

«Given the high hydraulic performance provided by the prime mover and the consequent rapid milling speed, I specifically asked Simex for an additional water system, in order to obtain an adequate dust abatement, which especially in city centers and residential areas can make a difference. Simex gladly accepted my request, supplying the equipment with 3 additional sprayers»

concluded Francia.

PL 2000 in Florence: the experience of the Bitumvie srl company with the widest cold asphalt planer for skid steer on the market.

Within the fascinating setting of Florence, we visited a road construction site where a PL 2000 was engaged in major milling work. «We are resurfacing the wearing course, at a depth of 30 mm, of two streets, within the urban fabric of the Tuscan capital», the owner of the Bitumvie srl company, Andrea Palmerani told us.

«We needed an equipment that would guarantee a large milling surface, while remaining in the field of compact machines, therefore suitable for a city context» continued Palmerani. «The 2-metre-wide drum immediately attracted my attention: after which I proceeded with the analysis of the various technical data sheets that convinced me of the purchase».

The PL 2000 can be considered the big sister among the asphalt planers of the 1000-1200-1500 series, specially designed for scarifying the road surface course. Simex has implemented its offer of attachments dedicated to the road surface restoration, where it is necessary to intervene in a qualitative manner while guaranteeing speed of execution and a reduction in construction times, to the benefit of operators and traffic. This led to the creation of a model equipped with a 200 cm wide milling drum, the largest currently available on the market of cold planers for compact loaders.

The PL 2000 is designed to be coupled to the latest generation SSL – characterized by high hydraulic power – and benefits from all the Simex features that make the difference on site. For these reasons, the PL 2000 of the Bitumvie company was coupled to a Bobcat T86 skid steer loader, the flagship of the Bobcat line of compact tracked loaders. The Super Flow function guarantees an oil flow of 155 l/min, ideal for equipment such as the PL 2000 which requires a very powerful base machine to obtain the productivity required on site.

«The T86 is the ideal machine to push the PL 2000, because it combines high power with an improved lifting capacity» told us Fabrizio Scali, of Truck Italia spa, official Bobcat dealer for Tuscany, present on the Florentine construction site. «In addition, the electronic speed set-up allows a gradual and progressive advancement, which is a great benefit, like in this case, for the milling activities».

The combination of Simex PL 2000 and Bobcat T86 proved to be the trump card for the company Bitumvie srl, which certified an average advancement speed between 10 and 15 linear metres/min, with a milling depth set at 30 mm.

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