Road-Away Milling Belts — Where the Road Meets the Rubber

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      In the United States alone there are more than 2.6 million miles of roads and 93% of them are asphalt surfaced. With the constant flow of traffic, road construction is continuous – and quality belts built for tough work are critical to keep these projects on schedule.

      Winter is a prime time of year for maintenance on road-milling machines, including belt replacements, as they are prepped for heavy use in the Spring. These machines are used to remove asphalt from roads in order to repair damaged sections of streets and highways. Asphalt is removed by a large cutting drum and then fed onto the primary/pickup belt. This belt feeds the material from the primary belt to the secondary/discharge belt. The secondary belt then feeds the reclaimed material into a dump truck.

      Road-Away Milling Machine
      • Primary/pick-up belts are 31.5" to 60" wide and 15' to32' long
      • Secondary/discharge belts are 24" to 54" wide and 48'-58' long

      Apache is the market leader in milling belt production and produces molded milling belt for the top OEMs in the US marketplace. We have a large inventory of many popular Road-Away belt styles on-hand for immediate shipment.

      Our Road-Away belts are made with high strength rubber compounds to withstand the impact from this abusive application. Our single piece molded cleats eliminate the danger of cleat separation from belt covers. The fully molded cleat patterns are offered in "U" and "V" cleat patterns ranging from 16"-32" wide.

      The 1" high V-cleats offer the ultimate in carrying capacity and better distribution of material on the carrying side. These belts operate smoother and quieter than competing belts because of our center stabilizing bar. The wide base of these cleats gives them outstanding bond strength and durability.

      Our advanced splicing techniques assure ultimate strength, flexibility and performance to withstand the severities of high speeds and small pulley diameters. These belts are also available with Megalloy fasteners when belts need to be replaced quickly.

      Apache offers a wide variety of belt styles compatible for all major OEM models of road milling machines (primary/pickup and secondary/discharge belts). 

      Sources:
      http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm
      http://driveasphalt.org 
      https://www.asphaltpavement.org

       

       

      • By Andrew Weisenstine, Product Specialist - Durowall & Fabricated Rubber

        October 31, 2015