Road Dryer to exhibit pavement-drying units at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020


December 2019

Greenville, South-Carolina-based Road Dryer, LLC, will exhibit its truck/trailer-mounted Road Dryer RD-1200XT pavement drying unit at the Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020. The RD-1200XT quickly dries asphalt and concrete pavement, allowing crews to pave or apply surface treatments or striping after just one pass. The unit, which blows heated air up to 400°F (204°C) directly downward through multiple nozzles, eliminates the risk of ‘flying objects’, and allows traffic to flow in nearby lanes - thus reducing congestion caused by traffic restrictions. The Road Dryer unit can be adjusted for drying widths of 8-12 ft (2.4-3.7 m). Because it dries pavement on demand, it provides flexibility for contractors and government agencies to meet timetables by minimising delays from weather- and project-related wet conditions.

The Road Dryer unit provides safety benefits not possible with the most widely used pavement drying methods. Traditional attempts at drying pavement for construction or maintenance work have typically involved the use of jet engine dryers, infrared heat, or portable blowers, combined with brooms and manual squeegees. Each of these methods has its own limitations and safety concerns, including the use of jet fuel, noise, melting pavement, danger from thrown rocks or other objects, and slow results. Because of this, traffic is often fully restricted from travelling on roads or runways where drying work is taking place. The Road Dryer eliminates all of these issues, as it swiftly and safely dries the pavement. The RD-1200XT preconditions the incoming air to remove moisture prior to heating and directing the heated air to the road, allowing faster drying time. The unit will not harm asphalt, as the flow of drying air does not exceed 400° F.