FIRST MACHINE SOLD TO TARMAC
A brand new Bomag BF300 series paver made the first public appearance at the Scot Plant Show 3 weeks ahead of its international launch at the giant Bauma Exhibition in Munich.
The BF300 range, designed, developed, and manufactured by Bomag, follows on the heels of the larger BF600 series that was introduced in October 2008. Bomag engineers have designed a complete range of compact pavers with both tracked and wheeled configurations available.
During the development of the BF300 range Bomag engineers focused on a new concept for the basic screed creating a new design in this class. The range offers a basic width of 1.70m to 3.40m but this can be extended to 4m with two bolt-on extension boxes. The special features of this screed are; Firstly, the basic screed can be extended hydraulically by up to 100 per cent. Secondly, as the only paver on the market with a narrow 2.50m transport width with the bolt on extension boxes on, the unit can be easily transported from one site to another without having to take them off. Thirdly, the electric screed has moulded heating elements that provide better heat distribution whilst simultaneously preventing corrosion of the heating rods. Heat-up time is just 20 to 30 minutes from cold. Fourthly, the new screed is heavier than its predecessor guaranteeing pre-compaction of 88 to 91 percent.
The integrated Bomag ECOMODE machine management system saves fuel and reduces engine emissions by optimising engine power to match demand. The hydraulic system is of a new design which ensures higher efficiency and lower fuel consumption. This is achieved by eliminating a range of flow dividers which are known to be a drain on energy. Ancillary pumps are now used instead of flow dividers; these directly supply extra functions such as the control unit and front wheel drive. The electrical system has a single control and fuse box, conveniently housed in a single accessible box, make servicing and maintenance quick and easy. Power comes from an efficient and reliable 55kW Kubota 4 cylinder diesel engine.
The experienced Bomag engineers have ensured even material flow and uniform placement with high levels of asphalt pre-compaction. The hopper, with independently controlled sides, on the BF300 finisher can hold 4.8m3 of asphalt, a real achievement in this weight class. The conveyor chains are independently controlled and reversible, as are the augers. The auger sensors can be controlled from the remote control boxes on the screed operator station. This not only provides greater comfort but also an even flow of material.
Ease of operation and safety were at the forefront in the planning of the operator's platform. The successful design of the BF600 models has been applied to this driver's station. The intuitive operating console can rotate and the operator's platform also has the patented SIDEVIEW System whereby the entire operator's platform can be shifted to one side or the other to give the best view of the site. The hard cover folding canopy with integrated quadruple lighting provides very good visibility even at night.
The wheeled BF300 shown at Scot Plant has been sold, appropriately enough, to Tarmac National Contracting. Tarmac gets its name from the company that pioneered ‘Tarmac’ roads, TarMacadam Syndicate Limited, that was established by Edgar Purnell Hooley in 1903. The new Bomag paver will be hard at work with its new owners within days of the close of the show.
In the UK all Bomag pavers are available, with a 2 year parts and service warranty, exclusively from AP Pavers Sales who will be exhibiting at the Hillhead exhibition in June.
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