Asphalt Hotbox Reclaimers

KM International’s line of asphalt hotbox reclaimers enables contractors to transport hotmix asphalt while maintaining the asphalt temperatures for up to 2 days. All KM asphalt hotboxes are reclaimer type units allowing users to reheat bulk stored or leftover virgin hotmix asphalt. With several sizes and options available, KM has an asphalt hotbox to fit the needs of any contractor.

Benefits of Owning an Asphalt Hotbox Reclaimer

  • It allows you to maintain asphalt temperatures for up to 2 days.
  • You can reclaim left-over hotmix stored in bulk.
  • You have the ability to make year-round repairs even when the plants are closed.
  • It’s an immediate revenue generator.
  • Buy what you need and use what you buy. No longer do you have to discard leftover asphalt.
  • It’s perfect for skin patching, utility cut repairs, remove-and-replace projects, and any other asphalt repairs.
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Asphalt Reclaiming Vs Recycling: What you need to know

We at KM International believe in equipping our customers with the most suitable equipment to help them in achieving their goal. KM International would like to take this time to clarify the difference between asphalt RECYLING and RECLAIMING, and more importantly the equipment necessary to achieve these two processes.

Asphalt Reclaiming

The process of reheating bulk stored, un-compacted virgin hot mix asphalt back to its original temperature of 350˚F and into a malleable state. This reheating process takes place by means of a heat source in static asphalt hotbox reclaimer without adding any additional additives.

As stated above the reclaiming process can be achieved in an asphalt hotbox reclaimer.

Asphalt Recycling

Asphalt recycling is the process of taking asphalt millings, chunks, or pulverized and recycling that material back to its original consistency and temperature of 350˚F. To properly recycle you need not only a heating source but a rotating drum to break down, dry out, and evenly encapsulate reintroduced asphalt cement.

The process of asphalt recycling can be achieved in an asphalt recycler such as the KM T-2.

Think about it this way.. 

Compare asphalt recycling and reclaiming to baking a cake

When you are making a cake you put all the ingredients into a bowl and then use mixer to mix the ingredients together then put it in the oven and 30 minutes later you have a cake, but what if you didn’t mix the ingredients in the bowl and just dumped everything in then put it in the oven, you would come out with a big mess.

Asphalt recycling is the same thing, think of the millings as the cake batter and the asphalt cement as the eggs, if you don’t have a way to mix the ingredients you are not going to come out with a quality material.

So when someone says you can RECYCLE in a static hotbox, ask how can a static hotbox mix the new asphalt cement evenly, how it can completely dry out the millings, do your proper homework.

The reason a hotbox reclaimer will reheat virgin material is because virgin material still encapsulates the asphalt cement added at the plant so it has not lost any of it chemical properties. Reclaiming is just the process of reheating.