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Projected operating cost of 6' asphalt mill (Asphalt Zipper)

Discussion in 'Mills' started by smoothoperator, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. smoothoperator

    smoothoperator Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    County and township maintenance and snow removal,
    North Dakota USA
    Our County just purchased a new 6' Cummins powered Asphalt Zipper brand mill. We will be using it for culvert cuts in asphalt roads, milling several miles of hot mix before road widening, and turning some low traffic/old coldmix roads back to gravel. We will also be helping out some small towns with very small projects that won't justify calling in a large milling contractor. The base material under some of these roads is of questionable quality, so we probably won't be milling /grinding more than 4" to 8" depth at the most. It will be mounted on a JD 644J, with water supply, and our concern will be more with tooth/holder life and finished size than square yards per hour.(within reason, of course) I understand the variables can swing costs either way, and maybe we just need to run through a few tanks of fuel and water, and a set of teeth before we can set our rates. Just hoping someone could shoot a ballpark figure for me to tell the boss. In the future, we may use it for base stabilization, but for now, we worry about asphalt, and stay away from the rocks.

    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  2. jreese87

    jreese87 New Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Please call me with your questions on the bit usage.

    Asphalt Zipper