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Plate compactor question.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tamo, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I'm planning on getting more heavily into pavers this coming year.

    Instead of renting a compactor I'll looking to buy from my rental place.

    Would you recommend either of these two units?

    They have:

    Mikasa MVC64HW which hits at 2275 and is 13.8 x 21 for $750.00

    Multiquip MVC88VGHW which hits at 3450 and is 19.7 x 20.7 for $1000.00

    Both are 2006 models.

    I assume bigger is better and I should go for the MVC88.

    Anyone care to share their experiences with these machines.

  2. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Messages: 65

    I always like the smaller ones for residential work and bigger when I do driveways. Start with the small one because you will use it more and you dont want a big one for running over the pavers.
  3. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Bigger is better. More compaction with fewer passes.
    I use a 5,500# for base and paver compaction.
  4. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    anyone else have any thoughts on this?

    Is the smaller machine enough?
  5. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Messages: 65

    It is most of the time just make sure you compact in layers don't add a foot of gavel and expect to get 99% compaction. My guys and I like the small one because of the lighter weight easier to move around. We typically use our jumping jack after our pre grading is done
  6. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

  7. billwlod

    billwlod LawnSite Member
    from KELOWNA
    Messages: 65

    I had a Weber 1000 lb plate tamper that had 9 hp the plate was way to big to make any difference.
  8. S&S Outdoor Services

    S&S Outdoor Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    I like the smaller ones for back yard patios etc. I don't know if I would buy anything from a rental shop though. I've seen how my guys treat some of the rental equipment, I can't imagine what other people do to that stuff. They're probably selling it for a reason... Just my two cents.

    Most guys around here use the Whacker brand which go for around $1500 new. Ingersoll Rand also makes a nice looking one that's similarly priced but I have no experience with them.
  9. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    I like the MVC90, same specs as the 88, but heavy duty. Its what all the rental places use. If you buy one, it is the last plate of that size you will ever buy. They are bulletproof.
  10. Fiano Landscapes

    Fiano Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I would most definitely go with the bigger one. Our compactors start out at 3500. I would recommend going no smaller than this. You will make up the $250 difference on the first job basically. You can never get the base too compacted. This is a situation where bigger is better, especially since it you first compactor.

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