Wacker Vibratory Roller

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by vntgrcr, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bought a decent sized Wacker vibratory double roller machine today. It has a single cylinder diesel engine with a crank start. I paid $500 for it. I am curious what you guys think of this machine and if it will be practical for doing paver walkways and some large retaining wall projects I have this winter and next spring. It is a walk-behind with a long handle to steer it. It hadn't been started in 3 years and with a little ether and a few cranks it started up and ran well. If nothing else, I figure it will be good for small driveways, asphalt repairs, etc. Just wondering what you think. I will post some pictures of it when I pick it up this week.
    Thanks
     
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    you need to know the compaction force... that is the important thing.
    at 4Kpsi it will compact a 2-3" base
    6K can do 4-6" base....etc.
     
  3. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Those were some pretty tough old rollers. Look on the cylinder head area for a rubber plug. If it has one, you can remove it and squirt a LITTLE oil in there to make starting easier. Starting fluid isn't a real good idea. What engine is on it? Wacker, Hatz or a Lambordini? If you give me the info off of the data plate I may be able to dig you up a maintenance and operator manual.
     
  4. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
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    Copterdoc,
    Thanks for the offer. I will heed your advice and get that info to you. When you say squirt some oil down that hole, do you mean engine oil or diesel? I'll be in touch in the next couple of days.
    David
     
  5. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Engine oil... helps to increase the compression to get it going.
     
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Starting fluid is the worst thing for a diesel once a diesel has become a ether addict it will always need it to start.

    The highways dept uses those double drum roller for doing patching there is a bracket on the roller that makes it hang off the back of the tailgate of a dump truck.
     
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've used a double roller to do concrete pad prep, but I prefer a reversible plate. For $500, you did good!
     

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