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Compaction Q&A:

Everything you need to know before you buy or rent a compactor.

What are the different types of compactors?

  • Vibrating Plates – Walk-behind vibratory-plate compactors are light equipment designed for construction to compact loose materials such as granular soils, gravel, small aggregate, and hot asphalt mixes.
  • Trench Compactors – A trench compactor, also known as a trench roller, is a piece of equipment used to compact the soil in a narrow space such as a trench. It is usually powered by a gasoline or diesel engine.
  • Tandem Rollers/Ride-On – A tandem roller is a steam or gasoline-driven roller in which the weight is divided between two heavy iron rolls one behind the other.
  • Rammers – A rammer compactor is a device that enables aggregate or another powdered or granular substance to be compacted or lowered, usually to increase its density or to make it resistant to further compression.
  • What does a vibrating plate compactor do?

    The vibratory plate compactor is power-engines, walk-behind equipment that imparts powerful vibratory compaction effort to loose materials, by transmitting vibration through the vibrating plate which generates power from the single rotor in the vibration case.

    What type of compactor do I need?

    A rule of thumb is that a compactor will compact 1 inch of material for every 1,000 pounds of compaction force it exerts. You should also consider the machine’s vibration frequency, measured in vibrations per minute. A higher vibration frequency (around 5,700 VPM) is good for compounding thin layers of material.

    What is a rammer compactor used for?

    An earth rammer also termed a tamper is a hand tool used for compressing or compacting the soil. Soil is compacted or compressed to make it hard and of uniform level. Compaction is required to achieve an ideal groundwork for the construction projects that need a hard and flat surface.

    Is a plate compactor worth it?

    When choosing between a plate compactor and rammer, it’s important to understand the differences between the soil types. This will help you to determine the type of equipment you’ll need to use to achieve the best results.

    Will a roller compact gravel?

    Smooth drum rollers use static pressure, vibration, and impact to compact materials such as gravel, rocks, sand, and asphalt. Many road construction projects use smooth rollers, also called vibratory rollers, to create flat and smooth surfaces. They are one of the most common types of road rollers available to rent.

    What is the determining factor in deciding on using a rammer or a plate compactor?

    If you’re compacting granular soils over large, flat areas, a plate compactor would typically be your best option. Its wider plate size and vibrating nature allow for more uniform layers over a larger amount of square footage. Truth be told, most contractors encounter circumstances where having both are ideal.

    Should I buy or rent a compactor?

    To purchase a compactor, you’ll either need a sizeable amount of cash or decent credit. While a purchase requires larger upfront cost, it could save you money over time, especially if you plan on using the machine frequently. Use this general rule of thumb: if you use the machine more than 65% of the year, a purchase makes sense. If you use it less than 65% (or less than eight months in a year), then you should rent. There are also possible tax advantages of buying as well as the potential return on investment, ask your accountant what makes sense for you.

    What are the types of compactions?

    The method of compaction is primarily of four types such as kneading, static, dynamic or impact, and vibratory compaction.

    What compacts better, a jumping jack or a plate compactor?

    Having Both. While vibrating plate compactors are best for larger areas and granular soils, jack rammers are an excellent choice for mixed or cohesive soil and smaller areas or trenches.

    What size roller do I need for a driveway?

    The first step is to remove the existing material in the driveway, then grade and compact the driveway soil base with a minimum of a 3000-pound roller.