TEL-TUK TOOLS was formed as part of Tel-Tuk Construction, which specialized in sitework, excavation and asphalt paving.
With our own paving company we have decades of ON-THE-MAT experience and in 1990 we began making felt paving shoes(aka Tamp Shoes) for our own use. After several experimental attempts we came up sith a shoe that far surpassed those already on the market. These first generation shoes were superior in terms of durability and performance. Through the years we have continued to improve our product and today we offer the best felt tamp shoe on the market.
MODEL ATS-F ASPHALT PAVING SHOES
What Is A Tamp Shoe? If you are not already familiar with tamp shoes they simply are sandal-like devices that strap onto your regular work boots. The components of TEL-TUK tamp shoe are:
1. Extra-Thick Felt Sole Pads:
These long-lasting synthetic felt pads are made to our specifications using a process that yields material that is firm yet pliable and which will not shred, fall apart, or pull away from the rivets. This material also excels in the retaining and releasing of diesel fuel(a release agent) used to prevent sticking. This felt is long- wearing and non-marking.
2. Tempered Metal Sole Plates:
Instead of steel sole plates previously used, we now use aircraft grade lightweight metal plates. They have "springiness", and resist bending and deforming, causing the bottom surface of the shoes to remain flat.
3. Heavy-Duty Materials:
Steel heel retainers(heel cups), Steel Rivets and High- Strength Poly Straps(quick-release) are used. The heel cups retain their shape, addiing stability and control. The toe and heel straps are easy to use and adjust.
How Used: Prior to putting on the tamp shoes the worker sprays the felt bottoms with a "release agent", usually diesel fuel(small 0ne-quart sprayers from hardware stores are usually used.) This moistens the felt pads and helps to prevent asphalt sticking. The shoes are strapped onto the workboots and the straps are snugged up to allow control of the shoes. The shoes are moderately stiff and pliable and are ideal for workers who have to move around the mat. They are great for lute work, hand tamper work and working with a plate compactor where good footing is necessary. They are great for small hand work like pothole repair and for "foot tamping" in areas where a roller or compactor cannot reached(e.g. under railings and stairways.) Additionally, they can be used to shape, compact, smooth and massage the asphalt mat to remove marks and imperfections. A flatfooted method(duckwalk) is recommended for working on or traversing the mat.
The use of these tamp shoes helps assure good-looking, high-quality work that you will be proud of. One of our users once said that his HANDWORK was better because of the shoes he had on his FEET!
END STORY: We, as pavers ourselves, have spent many hot and hectic hours on the mat, like you. Therefore, we have first hand knowledge of what is important in any tool used for asphalt paving, especially tamp shoes. Others, with NO on-mat experience whatsoever, are trying to copy us and some very poor versions(Chinese) are now being offered. These junk shoes look like ours and are usually sold at lower prices. But, they reallly are more expensive because they typically fall apart and get thrown away after only a few hours use. Whereas our shoes for a few dollars more will last weeks and months depending on your job volume.
BOTTOM LINE: We're still the leader with our high-quality, long-lasting tamp shoes that WE make here in the USA....in our own shop using our own machinery, tools and skills. Most importantly, since we are intimate with the manufacturing process and field testing, we have absolute control of product quality.
We guarantee your satisfaction with our shoes!
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