Wacker 2540

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mbella, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anybody own one? I picked ours up yesterday and I am wondering how others like it.
     
  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nope Mike don't own one ... it's a forward- reverse right?

    Off topic- the MT55 arrived the other day..what a little beast! :)
     
  3. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I want a forward / reverse model - dont want to spend that right now though. But I'm sure I'll regret it in tight spots.
     
  4. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kris, yes, it has reverse.
     
  5. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    How are you making out with your 2540?

    I have a wacker non reversible and am getting sick of compacting in 2" lifts. I find myself renting a Stone reversible 8500 lbs for most jobs.

    How deep a lift can you compact with the 2540?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  6. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't know about the wacker but as far as having forward and reverse you surely won't regret spending the extra for that. We bought a reversible from the Northern Tool catalog, has the Honda engine, weighs about 330#, supposed to compact to a depth of 19.5 " We used the snot out of it near the end of the season, glad I never contemplated going without reverse.
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    19" ... i don't think so... look at the compaction force.. a 4K unit is only good for 3" lifts.
     
  8. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I didn't say I compact 19" at a time, this is borrowed from the machine description. I fully understand the idea of compacting in 3" lifts.
    Here is the link that offers the machine description, I'm not at all suggesting that I believe this is a good practice, I was merely trying to point out how much punch this particular machine packs. I've used it a great deal end of summer and throughout the fall and am sold on it. I spoke with several friends that are local longtime scapers and kind of went by the rule of thumb that if it takes two guys to pick it up you will get good compaction with it. Again wasn't suggesting it would be a good idea to pack 19" sorry if that wasn't clear :waving:

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/...?storeId=6970&productId=200314474&R=200314474


    P.S. you will notice from the link in the description the compactor has 6856lbs/force
     
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    at 6k you can do 4" lifts

    a rule of thumb if for every 1K compaction force you can effectively compact .75 inches
     
  10. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I Still only pack in 3" lifts, only wanted the bigger compacter to ensure quick, solid compaction.
     

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