Road Widener LLC, a global manufacturer of road construction equipment, is helping road repair contractors achieve up to 90 per cent less maintenance with its patented FH-R shouldering and side paver attachment.
The FH-R precisely dispenses topsoil, gravel, asphalt, limestone and more on roadways and shoulders — all with an attachment compatible with common machines that contractors already own.
The FH-R offers road repair contractors versatility and profitability. The remote-controlled attachment easily connects to most skid steers, compact track loaders, road graders and wheel loaders, operating off the host machine’s engine and hydraulics.
Having no engine or transmission to maintain reduces maintenance by ninety per cent over self-propelled machines.
“The FH-R cuts out jobsite clutter and enhances efficiency by eliminating extra machines and reducing the multi-step process down to just two passes, dispensing and compacting,” said Lynn Marsh, Road Widener president.
“Contractors will get a high-quality, profitable and efficient solution for their business that makes for an unrivalled total cost of ownership.”
The FH-R is available in left, right or dual dispensing configurations to take on any roadway around the world. The attachment streamlines tasks including backfilling, road widening, road shoulder repairs, remediation, and aggregate placement.
The FH-R works seamlessly with a variety of materials, ranging from asphalt and aggregate to gravel, topsoil and more. The material is poured into the hopper at the top of the FH-R and then precisely dispensed via remote control in adjustable lay down widths from 1 to 6 feet (.3 to 1.8 meters).
The attachment dispenses up to 20 tons of material in under 10 minutes without the need for any additional scraping or sweeping. Road Widener customers have reported up to fifty per cent savings in labor costs.
“Crews will be more efficient and see immediate ROI with the FH-R,” Marsh said. “Typically, road construction tasks like aggregate placement involve a tedious four-step process where a machine piles aggregate on the roadway and large crews scrape, push and sweep it into place.”
“The FH-R cuts out half of those steps by placing the material right where it needs to go the first time.”
The FH-R works with standard and high flow hydraulics and has only five grease fittings to maintain. Without an engine, powertrain, or any associated parts of its own to service, the FH-R requires 90 per cent less maintenance than self-propelled machines.
Additionally, the FH-R is available with an optional universal mounting plate to ensure smooth compatibility and connection.
The low maintenance, functional design of the FH-R greatly reduces the price tag. The FH-R costs up to 80% less than a self-propelled shouldering machine, some of which cost $250,000.
That savings extends to transportation requirements too. The compact design of the FH-R fits on the same commercial trailer as the host machine and can be towed by a common pickup truck.
Additionally, the FH-R’s small footprint decreases traffic disturbance and danger on busy highways and narrow backroads. And, with a 360-degree swivel caster, the FH-R can easily maneuver around posts, guard rails or any common objects.
The FH-R can also be purchased in an all-manual configuration, the FH, without a remote. Additionally, each FH-R includes a one-year warranty.