Wacker makes a fine small machine. you just have to tamp more often in smaller lifts.
In terms of a "small tamper" there are two main components - the engine and the vibrator. And that's it! So really, one tamper can last a lifetime as the components can be replaced.
Wanna buy new? Not sure which brand to buy? Whether its a tamper, car, chain saw, generator, or a motorcycle - I always recommend to buy whatever brand will have parts and service available to your geographic location.
"It's You vs. You"
"People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine"
My Equipment Brag List:
-1 CAT hat
-16 pairs of Hanes socks (the Heavy Duty model), many with holes.
-12 pairs of underwear, ranging from Joe Boxers to Jockey, many are in need of replacement. (no more photo requests please)
-hundreds of t-shirts. Some w/ grease stains, some torn & tattered.
-7 pairs of jeans, ranging from Levis to Polo to GAP. 1/2 of them have holes in 'em.
-1 pair of old worn out Nike shoes.