Switching from liquid asphalt to, water based

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by WestonFarming, May 20, 2009.

  1. WestonFarming

    WestonFarming LawnSite Member
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    hello, i have paying out my ass for liquid asphalt $6 a gallon down in hamilton, ontario i have a 400 gallon set up i have been spraying liquid asphalt for the last 2 years, and i was wondering if i empty out my tank and put water based, blackmac, will it destroy my pump casue my set up is use to liquid asphalt? , anyone know a cheaper place in ontario to get liquid asphalt
     
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    Usually the pumps that are on those machines are way too small to pump sealer.
    What you are using is very light.

    Keep in mind something.

    Real blacktop sealer will not go nearly as far as you are used to using the colorant. Plus it is a totally different business.

    You need a tank with agitation.

    And though you are going to pay less for real sealer, your material cost per job will go up, so your pricing will need to go up too.
     
  3. WeCare-LawnCare

    WeCare-LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Where are you located?
     
  4. WeCare-LawnCare

    WeCare-LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    There is a place, call Retzel's in Breasla ( near Kitchener ) that may be of help to you!
     
  5. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    BlackMac is not water based FYI.
     
  6. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    THat's the same stuff, as in Hamilton. Need to go to Port Coulborn for BlackMac ( or Toronto, Barrie )
     
  7. Loooogie

    Loooogie LawnSite Senior Member
    from YORK
    Posts: 295

    Blackmac is an oil based sealer.. if you have an oil (gear) pump then you are ok..
     
  8. StratfordSealing

    StratfordSealing LawnSite Member
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    I wont go to that place again, I dont like putting people/places down but when I started out I went there and my machine started working like crap after a couple driveways. Well after alot of time wasted trying to find the problem it ended up being a piece of rubber stuck and was stopping flow. Im not bashing them, they probably got it that way but I rather drive the extra way now to get blackmac.
     
  9. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Same here, use to use them, long ago, but got tired of pulling limbs and twigs out of the strainer, :dizzy: . Wish they had Black Mac, they are 10 Min's away, whereas now I travel a few hours to get the good stuff, but still worth it.
     

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