Let's Talk Tampers!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NC_Irrigator, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    What brand do you all use for tamping trenchlines?


    Ive got a Mikasa MTR-35 Narrow Foot
    &
    A MBW R420 Narrow Foot Rammer

    Both of mine are getting some age on them, over 6 years of service
    with new carborators and one engine rebuild.

    But here lately it seems like something is f*ing up with them on every install we do.


    Will
     
  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,146

    I try my best to never use one. A Vibratory plow is much more time efficient in most cases.
     
  3. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,857

    I will take pics of my tamper i bought for side work...


    she is cherry.
     
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Oh... NOW I get it... "tampers". I thought I'd mistakenly gone to the Feminine Hygiene forum for a second. :)
     
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    We had a tamping blade for our VP-12 plow that we never used.

    I always hand tamped backfill with the back end of a sharpshooter. We only open trenched on 2" and bigger pipe, and a lot of this was done before final grade was set, and trenched with this:

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    So it was no big deal to just spin it around and backfill one side of the trench with the blade, compact the line with the tire, and then mound the other side up a bit.
     
  6. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,781

    My current tamper is from Cabela's, but I've had Caterpillar, Wolverine, and Double H's that worked just as good or better.
     
  7. We picked up this wacker tamper cheap and it is in great condition.

    wacker.jpg
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,489

    Anyone ever use Vermeer's TC-4 trench compactor?
     
  9. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    we got a ramex with 2 different size sheeps foot (2' and 3') then we have a whacker, multiquip and something older jumping jacks...that older jumping jack is an absolute bear to operate but it does the best job...then we have an IR double drum roller
     
  10. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    bump! im running a brand new mikasa mtr-40 as of now.
     

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