Plate Compactor = Scuff Marks

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PerfiCut L&L, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    We've gone through two different tampers and are looking to pick up a third.
    What compactor does everyone use for tamping down your pavers? and what steps do you take not to scuff them?
  2. Adam's Lawn and Garden

    Adam's Lawn and Garden LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I read in the one EP Henry flyer that you attach a piece of rubber on thebottom or a piece of carpet. I think that's what they said for their scuff sensitive pavers.

  3. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    the urethane attachment for mine is around $250, so until I get it throwing an extra $20 bag of polymeric down then sweeping the excess up into a 5 gallon bucket to use later is what I do.
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Try placing a piece of retaining wall fabric between the plate and brick. Works well and keeps the dust level down too!
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    We use a wacker 1550 with the urethane plate, works great.
  6. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Wacker 1550. We use a piece of geo-textile to compact on.

    keeps the noise down too.
  7. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    We've been considering the wacker 1550. Seems to be a popular unit. Plus we want to get the runner mat for it. right now we use either extra sand, or plywood. Works fine for the time, but our main problem is the compactor we have puts down 8000+ pounds of force. So our biggest concern if we dont scratch them, is how many it breaks. It works great for large projects since we can compact the base in larger lifts, but its not effective for paver compaction.
  8. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    I dont do alot of paver work and rent a tamper but heres what I have done in the past. Not exactly sure where the wife gets em but she buys this 3 X 2 carpet sections to use as scuff mats in front of the doors. I think they are small carpet samples from home depot. Anyhow after they look like hell I keep them to lay on in the garage when working on equipment and also lay them over top of the paver prior to compacting. Using a two man team one guy tamps and the other guy keeps moving the carpets to the area the tampers headed too. Works out well but you gotta move fast if you dont have alot of carpets to work with.
  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    That is funny. I would laugh my @ss off seeing someone do that. :laugh:
  10. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,315

    Yea that would be pretty funny! How do you guys attach the fabric to the compactor?

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