When you're looking for information regarding "How To Build A Sealcoating System", you will likely find that this information is hard to come by. I have never seen a single resource that was written to teach the reader how to build a system, mainly because it gets kind of complex, not to mention locating all of the parts and components you will need to build the sealcoating machine. It also depends on the sealcoating system you want to build.
On one hand, the basic system can be built from parts you can purchase from the hardware store while the more complex systems have "harder to find" parts including hydraulic and pneumatic components for automated agitation.
If your planning on building a large sealcoating machine on a skid, take into consideration the total weight of the full tank of sealer plus the weight of the system. Sealer can weigh as much as 12 pounds per gallon and a completed 550-gallon steel high-pressure system can weigh as much as 1800 pounds empty. This will require a large truck or trailer to transport it safely not to mention you will need a forklift to move it to the truck or trailer, and you will need to have at least a basic understanding of plumbing and electrical too. Also, if you build a steel tank system, welding will be necessary.
But, if you're willing to do the research, drive, and make phone calls, it can be done. First and foremost, this article is written as a very basic "how-to" guide to advise you on the importance of using the correct components when you build your system. This means that you will want to use air compressors designed for the correct CFM/PSI ratings to allow for proper agitation (if your system uses air for the hydraulics and the spray system).
You can spend a bunch of money real quick and then find out that the components you purchased will not work with each other. You may also find out that you may be able to purchase a complete system (new or used) for the cost of building your own, this will depend on the cost of your parts and supplies.
If you are building a Basic Centrifugal System, many of your parts will be available from a farm store like Tractor Supply. Pumps should be 2" and discharge/suction hose will also be 2" while your 50' spray hose will need to be 3/4". The 275-gallon tote tank can be purchased from us, farm stores or grain elevators but you can really use any tank or barrel you might have access to.
If you're building a Pneumatic Pump System, place a high level of importance on using the correct size of hydraulic parts and agitation components. A common mistake people make is not to purchase a large enough air compressor, this will result in not being able to run the hydraulics and spray sealer at the same time.
Depending on the sealcoating tank material, Steel Tanks can be purchased from fuel equipment dealers while Poly Tanks can be purchased from farm stores. If you purchase a poly tank, make sure it has a minimum of 1/4" thick walls, otherwise you risk it breaking and spilling sealer making a huge mess.
We offer several parts and components to assist you and will advise you on How To Build A Sealcoating System Tank Machine and can special order just about any item you need if we don't have it on our site.
You can also call our sales department for more information and they can advise you on this matter, but the bottom line is you will need to do a lot of research before you begin this project and run the numbers before buying any parts to make sure your actually saving money over purchasing a system that's ready to work and make you money $$. Asphalt Sealcoating Direct is your single resource for all of your Sealcoating System needs.