The widest asphalt cold planer for skid steer loaders: the PL 2000 in Florence

The widest asphalt cold planer for skid steer loaders: the PL 2000 in Florence
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on 20.06.2023
Within the fascinating setting of Florence, we visited a road construction site where a PL 2000 was engaged in major milling work. «We are resurfacing the wearing course, at a depth of 30 mm, of two streets, within the urban fabric of the Tuscan capital», the owner of the Bitumvie srl company, Andrea Palmerani told us. «We needed an equipment that would guarantee us a large milling surface, while remaining in the field of compact machines, therefore suitable for a city context» continued Palmerani. «The 2-metre-wide drum immediately attracted my attention: after which I proceeded with the analysis of the various technical data sheets that convinced me of the purchase».

The PL 2000 can be considered the big sister among the asphalt planers of the 1000-1200-1500 series, specially designed for scarifying the road surface course. Simex has implemented its offer of attachments dedicated to the road surface restoration, where it is necessary to intervene in a qualitative manner while guaranteeing speed of execution and a reduction in construction times, to the benefit of operators and traffic. This led to the creation of a model equipped with a 200 cm wide milling drum, the largest currently available on the market of cold planers for compact loaders.

The PL 2000 is designed to be coupled to the latest generation SSL - characterized by high hydraulic power - and benefits from all the Simex features that make the difference on site. For these reasons, the PL 2000 of the Bitumvie company was coupled to a Bobcat T86 skid steer loader, the flagship of the Bobcat line of compact tracked loaders. The Super Flow function guarantees an oil flow of 155 l/min, ideal for equipment such as the PL 2000 which requires a very powerful base machine to obtain the productivity required on site.

«The T86 is the ideal machine to push the PL 2000, because it combines high power with an improved lifting capacity» told us Fabrizio Scali, of Truck Italia spa, official Bobcat dealer for Tuscany, present on the Florentine construction site. «In addition, the electronic speed set-up allows a gradual and progressive advancement, which is a great benefit, like in this case, for the milling activities».
The combination of Simex PL 2000 and Bobcat T86 proved to be the trump card for the company Bitumvie srl, which certified an average advancement speed between 10 and 15 linear metres/min, with a milling depth set at 30 mm.
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