Milling Machine Asphalt


Milling machine asphalt facilitates asphalt milling for various purposes, including recycling.

The machines for asphalt milling are a 30+ year old invention, and were originally called Galions, after the company that invented them, Galion Iron Works.

With the machines, asphalt is ground up, transferred (typically) via a conveyor belt, and processed, most often recycled.

The earliest of these milling machines resembled graders in both shape and size on their design.

However, the main difference for the early models was that there was a 30 inch wide milling head were the scraper blade would be. Also, the cutter drum was set into action by a hydraulic pump.

Before milling machines, much of the work was done manually.

Today's milling machines for asphalt also have conveyor systems that are there to reduce the labor of picking up the material from the roadway to a minimum.

Some of the most prevalent types of milling machines today are the asphalt cold milling machines, which are designed to work on any of the new and old mix designs available.

To operate a milling machine, the work crew operating it, often 2 or more people, needs to go through special training.

Of the work crew, the operator of the milling machine stands on the deck of the machine controlling majority of the functions, while another crew member, on the ground, controls the depth of the cut, and controls for obstructions in the roadway.

As is the case for many asphalt paving related jobs, most people on the work crew have typically learned the skills with on the job training.


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