Rehabilitation with SUPER 2003-3i wheeled paver

VÖGELE + HAMM = Startup success

VÖGELE and HAMM equipment is giving a start-up asphalt paving division in upstate New York State the added productivity the contractor needs to make its mark in a crowded field


New York State | Ithaca

To jump-start its operations, in 2017 Riccelli-Northern acquired two SUPER 2003-3i 10-foot wheeled pavers with VR 600 rear-mounted Extending Screeds from VÖGELE, 2 HD+ 120i VO tandem rollers from HAMM featuring vibration compaction in one drum, and exclusive HAMM oscillation in the other, and 2 HD+ 120i VV tandem rollers with vibration in each drum. The company also bought an HD 12 VV roller for smaller projects. “We had been in the asphalt manufacturing business for three years, and our owner Rick Riccelli decided to begin laydown operations. So we started at ground zero, jumping right in with 2 pavers and 2 full-blown highway-class paving crews,” said Dale Smith, Vice President Paving Operations, for Riccelli-Northern.

Designed primarily for use in highway construction and large-scale commercial applications: With the SUPER 2003-3i, VÖGELE has now developed an entirely new paver specially for the North American market.

New binder and surface course on 110,000 sq. yd.

Using their new VÖGELE and HAMM products, Riccelli-Northern was paving New York State Route 13 south of Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region. A subcontractor milled the existing five-to-two-lane highway, and Riccelli-Northern followed with two courses. “This project is 4.5 miles long north and south,” Smith said. “Approximately 110,000 sq. yd. were milled 2 3/4 in. deep, and we followed with a 3/4-in., 9.5-mm leveling Superpave base course, and 1 1/2-in., 9.5-mm PG 64-22 Superpave surface course.” Most of the project was placed 19 ft. wide with one screed extension.

SUPER 2003-3i processed 18,000 t of mix

The tack coat for this job was placed at an application rate determined by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), and on a milled surface like State Route 13, the machine runs at between 0.08 and 0.1 gal. per sq. yd. “For this application they dialed it back to 0.06 gal. per sq. yd. from one side to the other,” Smith said. “Both the leveling and the surface course will be tacked.” Approximately 6,000 tons of leveling course, and at least 12,000 tons of friction course were placed in widths up to 20 ft. by the SUPER 2003-3i paver, depending on roadway width. They were compacted by a HAMM HD+ 120i VV and a HAMM HD+ 120i VO tandem roller.

“We find wheeled pavers give us more mobility. Unlike on this job, where we will be working 30 days on the same project, with other projects it’s not uncommon for us to ‘road’ the paver as much as 10 miles down to another location. We’ve driven tracked pavers that distance before, but pneumatic-tired pavers are better for those applications.”

Dale Smith, Vice President Paving Operations, Riccelli-Northern

Wheeled pavers work

Both of Riccelli-Northern’s new VÖGELE pavers are wheeled, which provides unexcelled mobility, Smith said. The SUPER 2003-3i is designed primarily for use in highway construction and large-scale commercial applications. With a powerful, six-cylinder engine rated at 250 hp (186 kW) and high-output hydraulic drives, it is fully equipped for these jobs. This 10-foot wheeled Highway Class paver has paving widths up to 25 ft. 6 in. (7.75 m). The exclusive, easy-to-use and intuitive ErgoPlus 3 operating system offers functional advantages.

Great flexibility meets high precision: VÖGELE VR 600 Extending Screed

The VÖGELE VR 600 Extending Screed produces high-quality, even road pavement for contractors. The rear-mounted extensions permit paving in widths from 10 ft. to 28 ft. Generously dimensioned, sturdy telescoping tubes featuring high-precision operation provide for excellent stability of the screed, ensuring great paving results. Telescoping tubes are located at high positions, meaning that any contact with the material is avoided. Even with the screed set to its maximum width, the telescoping tubes are extended by no more than half, which ensures zero flexing. Deep screed plate design provides for excellent floatation. Depending on the speed of the paving, compaction at the screed ranges from 30 to 50%. “We run the augers at their lowest setting most of the time,” Smith said.

Feet first into the WIRTGEN GROUP

When Riccelli-Northern launched its paving operations, it jumped feet first into WIRTGEN GROUP products, and for some very good reasons. “We did our due diligence, hearing the sales presentations and seeing the machines. When all was said and done, we kept coming back to the VÖGELE product.”

Keeping track of efficiency with WITOS FleetView

The same held true with the HAMM rollers. “We had extensive experience with the HAMM and other rollers,” he said. “But the critical factor was the WIRTGEN GROUP system WITOS FleetView on our machines, with which we can track everything from the current location to the hours to the speed to the utilization of the equipment. It’s integral to all the machines, and it’s been a fantastic tool for us in managing our equipment.” Also, Riccelli-Northern can monitor the equipment in the home office as well as from a laptop computer in a pickup truck.

“It was the total package of the machines, the technology, the support, the dealership and our past experience with WIRTGEN GROUP products that made our decision very easy.”

Dale Smith, Vice President Paving Operations Riccelli-Northern

Job site details

Rehabilitation of State Route 13 in New York State, south of Ithaca

Length of section:
Area of section:
Working parameters
Layer thickness
Binder course:
Surface course:
Paving width:
Quantity of mix
Binder course:
Surface course:
Paving speed:
Material
Binder course:
Surface course:
Equipment
VÖGELE SUPER 2003-3i wheeled paver with VR 600 Extending Screed
HAMM HD+ 120i VV tandem roller
HAMM HD+ 120i VO tandem roller
Area of section:
110,000 sq. yd., approx.
Working parameters
Layer thickness
Binder course:
3/4 in.
Surface course:
1 1/2 in.
Paving width:
up to 19 ft.
Quantity of mix
Binder course:
6,000 t
Surface course:
12,000 t
Paving speed:
up to 20 fpm
Material
Binder course:
9.5 mm leveling Superpave base course,
Surface course:
9.5 mm PG 64-22 Superpave surface course
Equipment
VÖGELE SUPER 2003-3i wheeled paver with VR 600 Extending Screed
HAMM HD+ 120i VV tandem roller
HAMM HD+ 120i VO tandem roller
WIRTGEN GROUP technology pays off

The advanced technology built into WIRTGEN GROUP products is paying off big-time for Riccelli-Northern as it builds its business. For example, VÖGELE’s exclusive Niveltronic Plus System for Grade and Slope Control has proven productive in the field for the contractor. “Niveltronic Plus works fantastically for us,” Smith said. “It’s a very simple system to use, and is very accurate. A lot of the guys on our paving crews have experience running the newer WIRTGEN milling machines, and because of their similar control patterns, familiarity is high and the VÖGELE system is very easy to use.”

Highlights of the SUPER 2003-3i wheeled paver
  • 10-foot wheeled Highway Class paver with a large range of applications and paving widths up to 25 ft. 6 in. (7.75 m)
  • Powerful diesel engine complying with US EPA standard Tier 4f
  • Innovative and reliable drive concept for excellent traction behavior
  • Superior paving quality due to efficient material management
  • ErgoPlus 3 operating system with a number of additional ergonomic and functional advantages
  • Daily maintenance-free paver with auto-lubrication and more
  • The right screed for every application: The paver can be combined with the VF 600, VR 600 or AB 600 Extending Screeds
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SUPER 2003-3i

Wheeled paver Highway Class

Basic width 9 ft 10 in
Paving width, max. 25 ft 5 in
Maximum laydown rate 1,540 US t/hr
VR 600

Extending Screed

Basic width 10 ft
Compacting systems V
Paving width of the screed 10 ft - 28 ft 3 in