Cold Planers and Concrete Recycling

Cold Planers and Concrete Recycling

Removing pavement or concrete can be a demanding task for construction companies, and you need the right equipment to help accomplish the job. When you work with cold planers, you can optimize your processes and boost efficiency. Discover the benefits of cold planers and concrete recycling and explore your options for using them in your operations.

What Are Cold Planers?

As a type of asphalt milling machine, cold planers can take on challenging tasks and perform reliably on pavement and concrete surfaces. They grind up the asphalt as they operate, collecting the milled materials along the way.

The equipment can come in many different varieties, ranging from maneuverable, compact machines to heavy-duty, large-capacity cold planers that can handle applications such as highways. Depending on the application, cold planers can operate for hours or even days at a time.

How Cold Planers Work

Cold planers work by applying a rotating drum and cutters to an asphalt surface, cutting into the pavement and removing it from the subsurface. Depending on your project requirements, a cold planer can remove only part or the entirety of the existing layers. This equipment enables precise control to ensure operators can remove the correct amount of asphalt layers.

Operators apply the cutters at a specific slope and depth to achieve the appropriate amount of force for the surface. During the asphalt removal process, cold planers cut the pavement, pull it up and then mill it into smaller pieces for future applications. The equipment then deposits the newly ground concrete materials into a dump truck for processing.

Concrete Recycling

As cold planers grind up asphalt and collect it, they make it available for future reuse. Pavement and concrete materials can be expensive, and cold planers are a cost-effective option for recycling them. After industrial equipment has crushed it into smaller pieces, asphalt can then go through a secondary impactor and receive processing, sorting and cleaning. 

Typically, processing will separate the crushed materials into small and large aggregates and remove any dirt or contaminants. Fully processed materials have several possible uses, including recycled concrete for roads and sidewalks, recycled stone or engineered fill sand.

Recycled concrete can offer many advantages for your business, such as:

  • Decreased disposal costs. As landfill costs for concrete rubble continue to rise, recycling offers an efficient way to lower your concrete disposal expenses.
  • Enhanced operational efficiency. The recycling option also saves you the labor and energy necessary to transport and dispose of old concrete. Instead, the resources involved in managing concrete rubble go seamlessly into repurposing.
  • Lower raw material costs. When you recycle old concrete, you can reduce your raw material expenses by repurposing what you already have.

Optimize Concrete Recycling With The Cat® Rental Store

For solutions that make your operations more cost-efficient and productive, work with The Cat® Rental Store as your trusted equipment supplier. Our broad dealer network offers local expertise to help you find the best options for your requirements. 

Whatever equipment you need to get the job done, your local dealer is ready to provide the in-depth industry insight and operational knowledge to guide you. Experience the benefits of renting from us and explore our inventory today.