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Old 03-22-2014, 10:08 AM
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help choosing a compactor

hello all,

we recently took the ICPI paver class and determined our compactor is not adequate. currently searching to purchase one. I want to keep it around the 7000 cent force range...

i was looking at the weber cr3 and found one for around 7500$. they had a used one that was built in 2003 and were selling it for 3000$ it was a rental unit however.

they had called back and said they could get a AMMANN compactor with 6800 cent force for 5000$.

I know there is many varieties out there, just wondering what the recommendations are out there...

I am trying not to break the bank on this purchase and would say that 7500 is definitely at the higher end of what I would like to spend...

thanks for checking
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:58 PM
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Stay away from Amman, our rental supplier carried them and nothing but issues. There are a number of real decent models with gas motor that you can get for your budget. Mikassa makes a great midrange reversible plate. Check out www.multiquip. com
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:40 PM
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Check with United Rentals, Bryan. That is where I found my Wacker.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:05 PM
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Was tired of constantly renting so we decided on buying one.
We bought a Weber CR3 a couple years ago and have been well pleased with it.

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:57 AM
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hello all,

we recently took the ICPI paver class and determined our compactor is not adequate. currently searching to purchase one. I want to keep it around the 7000 cent force range...



thanks for checking
I'm interested how this class derived at this determination.

We have patios that we installed in 1996, using a Wacker 1550, and to this day the patios are fine and dandy.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:27 PM
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I can't speak for the ICPI class but when I purchased a larger compactor last spring it was due to efficiency and peace of mind. See I got a little sloppy in following the general rule of thumb with the 2 inch lifts for a wacker 1550 and pushed it to 3 or even 4 inches. Honestly, I don't know if I got good compaction or not on those projects because lets face it I'm not having a geo tech come out and test density on a residential walkway.

The larger machine allows me to do my base 4, 5, 6 inches in 1 lift. Again, I have yet to have density checked so who really knows if I'm achieving proper compaction...I do know that inherently my base is denser (no wheel tracks from machine, spikes go in with A LOT more effort, etc.)

Besides, my wacker is 10 years old and I wanted to upgrade anyway. Wacker comes to jobs with me but only for paver compaction into bedding sand.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:41 PM
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I can't speak for the ICPI class but when I purchased a larger compactor last spring it was due to efficiency and peace of mind. See I got a little sloppy in following the general rule of thumb with the 2 inch lifts for a wacker 1550 and pushed it to 3 or even 4 inches. Honestly, I don't know if I got good compaction or not on those projects because lets face it I'm not having a geo tech come out and test density on a residential walkway.

The larger machine allows me to do my base 4, 5, 6 inches in 1 lift. Again, I have yet to have density checked so who really knows if I'm achieving proper compaction...I do know that inherently my base is denser (no wheel tracks from machine, spikes go in with A LOT more effort, etc.)

Besides, my wacker is 10 years old and I wanted to upgrade anyway. Wacker comes to jobs with me but only for paver compaction into bedding sand.

Well said.

That's the type of explanation I like!
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:27 AM
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Well folks, what we have here is a breakthrough. DVS's heart isn't totally black!

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Old 03-26-2014, 04:34 PM
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This could explain why I have had so many people asking for 7,000+ cu/ft compactors recently...

From feedback, stick with the MultiQuip or Wacker. They have the least problems and some great features.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:50 PM
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Check with United Rentals, Bryan. That is where I found my Wacker.
Along these lines..I would check out all the rental places and see what they have to offer. I personally do that first with any purchase of equip. I'm thinking about buying
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