View Full Version : Plate Compactors

02-22-2004, 09:40 PM
Does anyone have any opinions on what are the best? Wacker, Mikasa, any others? Also, are these machines fairly reliable in general? Cost and ease of repairs? They seem very expensive for what seems to be such a compact and basic machine.

02-22-2004, 10:21 PM
We use Bomag.....keep the air filter clean and it will last forever!

02-22-2004, 10:45 PM
bomag is the ticket luv mine

02-22-2004, 10:51 PM
I have a Wacker and agree with Chesie 100%. Bulletproof if maintained.

I have a 3000 lb plate that does an adequate job, but have been considering one with more umph to get the base prep done quicker.

While discussing plate compactors what size is yours?

Does anyone bring two plates to the job; one heavier model for compacting the base and one for the pavers?

02-23-2004, 08:05 PM
I have an assortment of compactors. The smallest would be a 14" wide bomag. Then a 20" mikasa, both of these I use to compact the stone after it is laid. For the base I have a 500lb bomag diesel plate and I have been renting a 1,100lb bomag for the heavier stuff. These plates are near 15,000 canadian, so renting them at 120 a day seems like a deal to me.


D Felix
02-23-2004, 08:47 PM
Had an old MBW at my former employers. It worked OK until the exciter locked up!:eek:

We then rented an Ingersol Rand plate compactor from the local Bobcat dealership that was around the corner. The IR worked a LOT better than the MBW did. Had a Robin engine which is a Japanese manufacturer, as far as I could tell.

Any vibratory plate compactor is MUCH better than a hand tamper!


02-23-2004, 09:27 PM
Northern Hydraulics has a pretty good deal on a small Ingersoll Rand. $1499w/free shipping w/ a 3.5 hp honda. Seems like a bit small of an engine.

02-24-2004, 03:02 AM
I have a Vibromax 900 plate compactor. It is the hardest hitting plate I have ever used. To give an example, I have had concrete guys call me complaining that the subgrade is soo hard that they are killing themselves driving in the concrete stakes. Granted concrete guys love to *****, but I am not kidding when I say that plate packs a terrific punch.

02-24-2004, 06:19 PM
We use a 3400# wacker for everything and it runs great. I did hear that Bomag has a model that can switch from 5000# to 3200# by pulling a knob. I guess it adjusts the frequency or something. I know I will be looking into it. I can't see dragging 2 heavy macines around like that. Trailer space is valuable.


02-24-2004, 08:24 PM
I'm not an operator, only a mechanic. But I will say Wacker is the one I see the least of in the shop, if properly maintained. The biggest thing is a clean air filter and every year change the oil in the exciter box.

02-24-2004, 10:08 PM
We have a Wacker. No problems. I think the biggest issue with any piece of equipment is service and a good relationship with the local dealer. I would buy my 2nd or 3rd choice of equipment brand as long as it comparable and the dealer and service are great.

02-25-2004, 12:30 AM
We use a Wacker sheeps foot roller for base, and a Mikasa for the light duty work. The sheeps foot also works very well for compacting clay over geo grid. Much easier to climb the hills we need to get up on with a roller rather than a plate.

02-25-2004, 07:06 AM
I also have a Wacker -- not sure which model.

The only thing I don't like about it is that the handle does not "flip" over the unit for turning 180 degrees.

02-27-2004, 10:50 PM
20" Mikasa. Love it to death, and never had a problem. Just keep those filters clean.

02-28-2004, 05:45 PM
Thanks for all the information. I ended up finding a used 17" Mikasa that seems to have minimal wear. It's a 2001 model, got it for $750.00. Best deal I could find even though it was still more than I wanted to pay.

General Grounds
02-29-2004, 09:38 PM
:blob3: we use dynapak, great machine, tony