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Create Permanent Patches with a Tarmac Hotbox


A tarmac hotbox from N.D Brown is the best method for permanent asphalt repairs creating effective patches for road surfaces.

There are two main types of hot boxes on the market, and it is important to hire the box that suits your operation. We will talk you through both types for this blog post.

The Different Types of Tarmac Hotbox

A regular hot box, known as a ‘holding box’ is designed to simply hold hot mix asphalt that is already heated. These hot boxes are usually insulated but do not have a heat source. They are designed to move hot mix from the plant to the construction site and are suited to materials that will be used within a few hours.

Alternatively, a hot box reclaimer is insulated and is thermostatically controlled and can be used to maintain the temperature of fresh hot mix over a long period of time. Its greatest advantage is its ability to heat the cold virgin mix to a workable temperature all year round.

Hot boxes suit workers who do not have a dump truck with a 2-tonne repair available for jobs that need completing within a couple of hours.

N.D Brown agrees that contractors that are picking up material and planning on using it on the same day, could use a hot box to keep it warm. Using a reclaimer you just need to turn it off and then turn it on to reclaim it the following day.

Most contractors use hot box reclaimers as part of an infrared unit, which is used regularly during the winter to repair potholes when hot mix plants are shut down.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about tarmac hot box vehicles from N.D Brown, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of experienced specialists will be more than happy to help.

All of the vehicles in our hot box range are insulated for thermostat control plus they are available in different sizes. Whether you are looking for propane gas heating systems, electronic gas ignition systems, digital temperature control or any other feature, N.D Brown have plenty to choose from.

About ND Brown

ND Brown Ltd is a specialist independent truck rental and sales company of over 40 years’ standing. Owned and operated by the same dedicated management team since its inception, ND Brown’s efforts are focused on supplying the utility, civil engineering, municipal and highway maintenance industries with high-quality modern HGV vehicles for both short and long-term self-drive hire.

From our sales division, we also sell a wide, but specialised range of new and used commercial vehicles.

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