Compacter... What kind?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by RedWingsDet, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    What kind of compacter should I get for doing paver patio installs? I was renting them lastyear, but in the long run it'll be cheaper to shell out the money for one. I know their expensive but like I said itll be cheaper in the long run. Ive seen them anywhere from $1200-$3200.

    Whats a good make and model to get, and why, and what features are good?

    Thanks guys!!!
     
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    The Wacker 1550 is a good start. Not reversable though. 5.5 honda power
     
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have the Wacker 1550. I think the compaction rate is like 3,400# or something like that. This is great for smaller jobs, but you can only do 2" lifts with it. Also a great machine for on top of the pavers. We also use a large Bomag. Compaction on this bad boy is like 9,000#. We use this for larger jobs. We can get a good 6-7" per lift on this one.

    Chris
     
  4. Scottish LScape

    Scottish LScape LawnSite Member
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    We own the Wacker 1550 as well, perfect for walkways & small to medium patios.
     
  5. Kempton Cutter

    Kempton Cutter LawnSite Member
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    We run the Wacker 1550 aw series here. Same as every one else only it has the water kit on it (nice feature). The water kit allows you to keep your base material damp as you compact you can also use to cold patch macadam areas.
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  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    sounds like the wacker 1550 is the way to go... How much are they if you dont mind me asking? Thanks.
     
  7. WP1550W $1625 last summer.
     
  8. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    We will be buying a Wacker 2540 in the next couple of weeks. At $3200, it is at the high end of your range. It is reversible and delivers 5600lbs centrifugal force.
     

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