Trackless Vehicles understands the specific challenges that municipalities face when it comes to sidewalk maintenance. That’s why we designed a high-performance Cold Planer attachment for concrete and asphalt surfaces. In this post, we’ll delve into the features and capabilities of our Cold Planer and provide guidance for its best use. Whether you’re a parks department employee or a town maintenance supervisor, discover how a Trackless Vehicles Cold Planer can make sidewalk upkeep easier, more efficient and more cost-effective.

A Closer Look at Trackless Cold Planers

The Trackless Cold Planer attachment is a powerful concrete and asphalt maintenance tool. Often called a milling machine, a Cold Planer is a robust piece of equipment that removes (or “mills”) the top layer of asphalt or concrete from a surface. It’s a common sight on construction and road maintenance projects.

A Cold Planer works by using a rotating drum with numerous cutting picks that grind away and remove the asphalt or concrete surface. The depth of the cut can be adjusted to remove a thin layer or go deeper to repair damaged sections. Trackless Cold Planers are available with either an Asphalt or Concrete drum. The Asphalt Cold Planer is ideal for repairs to asphalt abutting manhole covers, curbsides, gutters and driveways. It can also be used for pothole repair or any other utility cut. The Concrete Cold Planer has three times more picks and operates at a higher speed, making it ideal for concrete sidewalk surfaces.

trackless vehicles cold planer attachment on sidewalk tractor working on sidewalk side view

Above: A Trackless MT6 is equipped with an Asphalt Cold Planer attachment.

When it comes to sidewalk maintenance, Cold Planers offer several advantages. 

  • First, they provide a cost-effective solution by reducing the need for manual labour and cutting down repair times. 
  • Second, they ensure a smooth and even surface, thus improving both safety and aesthetics. 
  • Third, they allow for precise control over the depth of the cut, ensuring accurate removal of damaged sections while preserving the integrity of the underlying layers. This helps extend the lifespan of the sidewalk and reduces the need for frequent repairs.

In a nutshell, a Cold Planer from Trackless Vehicles is a valuable piece of equipment for sidewalk maintenance, offering efficiency, precision, and cost-effectiveness. 

Features and Specifications

When it comes to sidewalk maintenance, the Trackless Cold Planer offers key features that make it a top choice for municipalities.

  • The standout feature of this attachment is its exceptional cutting power. The Trackless Cold Planer has a high-performance cutting drum that efficiently removes layers of asphalt or concrete from sidewalks. This powerful cutting capability ensures quick and precise removal, saving time and resources.
  • Designed with user convenience in mind, the Trackless Cold Planer features adjustable cutting depth, allowing operators to tailor the planing depth to each sidewalk maintenance project. This flexibility ensures optimal results and reduces the risk of damage to underlying surfaces.
  • Built with high-quality materials, the Trackless Cold Planer boasts a durable construction that can withstand the rigours of heavy-duty use. It provides long-lasting performance, enabling users to tackle even the most demanding sidewalk maintenance tasks confidently.
  • Let’s now look at the specifications and capabilities of the Trackless Cold Planer. With a planing width of 16″, it can efficiently cover a significant surface area in a single pass. It can plane sidewalks to a maximum depth of 6″, ensuring thorough removal of damaged or deteriorated sections.
  • The Trackless Cold Planer is designed explicitly for Trackless MT series municipal tractors. This integration offers seamless operation and optimal performance, as the attachment is perfectly matched with the power and capabilities of the tractor. 

trackless vehicles cold planer attachment on sidewalk tractor working on sidewalk side view

Above: A Trackless MT7 is equipped with a Concrete Cold Planer and is milling down a sidewalk elevation difference.

Sidewalk Maintenance Best Practices

Effective sidewalk maintenance involves identifying common issues that may affect the safety and usability of these pedestrian pathways. Using the right equipment, such as a Trackless Cold Planer, and addressing these issues promptly can ensure efficient and effective sidewalk maintenance. Here are some best practices to follow:

  • Identifying Common Sidewalk Issues: Before commencing any maintenance work, it’s important to identify common sidewalk issues that may require attention. These can include cracks, potholes, uneven surfaces, and damaged edges. Regular inspections should be conducted to spot these issues and address them promptly.
  • Proper Use of a Cold Planer: A Cold Planer is a powerful machine used for milling and removing damaged sections of a sidewalk. To use it effectively, follow these steps:
    • First, adjust the cutting depth to the appropriate level.
    • Move the Cold Planer slowly and steadily, ensuring even removal of the damaged surface.
    • Properly dispose of the milled material to prevent any hazards or obstructions.

Tips for Maximizing Efficiency and Safety

Here are some tips to help you maximize efficiency and safety while using a Cold Planer:

  • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, gloves, and a hard hat.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for operating the Cold Planer.
  • Maintain a safe distance from pedestrians and traffic.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain the Cold Planer to ensure optimal performance.

By following these best practices, you can effectively maintain sidewalks using a Trackless Cold Planer. Remember, safety and efficiency are crucial to achieving the best results.