Plate Compactor Problems

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by dgreen67, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. dgreen67

    dgreen67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Any help with this would be appreciated.

    I bought a used Wacker plate compator, put a new engine and belt on it, and it ran great for about an hour. Then it sounded really horrible, I shut it off and noticed that the new belt was really messed up. I looked down and noticed that the exciter pulley was sheared into two pieces.

    I bought a new pulley, rehooked up everything (with another new belt!). Once I increased the RPMs on the engine, it sounded like something was banging around on the machine. It was really loud. It only occured when the RPMs were up and the centrifugal clutch was engaged. I am not sure at this point what it could be?? The clutch housing was extremely hot, not sure if that is normal. But the clanging and banging it made was really loud?

    Please help a desperate man!

  2. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    My first step would be to take the belt off and run the engine, this way you can rule it out or indentify it as the problem
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,622

    sounds like something is not properly aligned or not properly bolted, or both.
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Just bring it in for service.

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