Lets talk trench compactors...

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mrusk, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    I started with a wacker 1550 plate compactor. I thought that was great until i got bigger jobs. Then i got a wacker 3050b and i thought that was great. Now i am doing some very large jobs and i want something bigger. I am seriously considering dropping the big $$ for a trench compactor.

    I am just curious on how close i can acctually use one next to houses, gunite pools, back of walls, etc?

  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The answer to all three of your questions is Never, never, and never. You will crack a foundation, crack the pool, and push the wall out. It's not reccommended to use more than a 3-5K for those applications. The only place a trench roller will be of great use would be ......a trench for a wall. If flatwork is your main focus get a single or double drum walk behind vibratory roller. I believe Abrancati uses them. www.gappsi.com

  3. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have seen them used on the back fill soil of the over dig on a SRW, but not near the wall or drain column.
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would agree with Chris on this one Matt. Unless you are doing some serious wall work or some incredibly large driveways, I wouldn't even consider one. I think a large reversible and a smaller compactor (like your 1550) are all the average installer would need. Whenever we need a larger compactor we will just rent it for the day or two we would need it and be done with it. A trencher is just too large to use in your everyday resi. application.
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    I guess i'll just rent as needed.
  6. Dirt Digger2

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

    we use our sheeps foot compactor all the time, right up against 2 week old concrete when we backfill garages of new homes, in trenches on top of pipe...everywhere, the only problem is after a full day your thumbs get tired of pushing the toggle switches for direction

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