Plate Compactor

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Drew Gemma, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    Lookin to buy what is the best bang for the buck?
    What features are a must ? Brand? Sizes I need one tht will do all small and large.
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    we love bomag. i like mine much better than the wackers.
  3. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    I have a brand new Wacker 1550 for sale. It's never even had oil in it and has original paper work. Seems to be a popular machine. PM me if you're interested.
  4. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I have been very happy with our Sakai plate tamper, we have had it about 5 years or so. I think we paid $1600 for it brand new. Looks very similar to a wacker, but a lot less money and i believe it had a higher rating. only problems we ever had was with the Honda engine, nothing that Sakai makes.
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    We use Mikasa and Wacker. Both are good machines.
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    we have a Wacker 2540a and a Dynapak LF 90. Both are great machines that have different purposes. I recommend a reversible like the 2540. It is great in trenches and tight spots. It hits at 5,600#. The DP hits at 3500# and is great for seating pavers and compacting the final screed on your flatwork. Go with the 2540. Great all around machine.

  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I have a 3050b and could not imaging myself without it.
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    We have a 2540 and a 3050. The 3050 is a little nicer on the larger jobs, cuz the plate is a little wider. The 2540 hits almost as hard, and is a little easier to manuever in tighter spots. If I could only have one, I'd go with the 3050.

    We have Wacker 1550's for setting pavers and final GRAVEL screed on flatwork.

    You did mean gravel screed, right Chris? Or, are you tamping your bedding sand now too? :D
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Well, I......UUUHHH.........UUMMM.......Yeah! Gravel screed. Of course! Who do you think I am.......Landscapingpoolguy?


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    i like bomag

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