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Plate Compactors

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by PowerPlay, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. PowerPlay

    PowerPlay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Does anyone have any opinions on what are the best? Wacker, Mikasa, any others? Also, are these machines fairly reliable in general? Cost and ease of repairs? They seem very expensive for what seems to be such a compact and basic machine.
  2. chesie

    chesie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    We use Bomag.....keep the air filter clean and it will last forever!

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    bomag is the ticket luv mine
  4. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 218

    I have a Wacker and agree with Chesie 100%. Bulletproof if maintained.

    I have a 3000 lb plate that does an adequate job, but have been considering one with more umph to get the base prep done quicker.

    While discussing plate compactors what size is yours?

    Does anyone bring two plates to the job; one heavier model for compacting the base and one for the pavers?
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I have an assortment of compactors. The smallest would be a 14" wide bomag. Then a 20" mikasa, both of these I use to compact the stone after it is laid. For the base I have a 500lb bomag diesel plate and I have been renting a 1,100lb bomag for the heavier stuff. These plates are near 15,000 canadian, so renting them at 120 a day seems like a deal to me.

  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Had an old MBW at my former employers. It worked OK until the exciter locked up!:eek:

    We then rented an Ingersol Rand plate compactor from the local Bobcat dealership that was around the corner. The IR worked a LOT better than the MBW did. Had a Robin engine which is a Japanese manufacturer, as far as I could tell.

    Any vibratory plate compactor is MUCH better than a hand tamper!

  7. chesie

    chesie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Northern Hydraulics has a pretty good deal on a small Ingersoll Rand. $1499w/free shipping w/ a 3.5 hp honda. Seems like a bit small of an engine.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    I have a Vibromax 900 plate compactor. It is the hardest hitting plate I have ever used. To give an example, I have had concrete guys call me complaining that the subgrade is soo hard that they are killing themselves driving in the concrete stakes. Granted concrete guys love to *****, but I am not kidding when I say that plate packs a terrific punch.
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    We use a 3400# wacker for everything and it runs great. I did hear that Bomag has a model that can switch from 5000# to 3200# by pulling a knob. I guess it adjusts the frequency or something. I know I will be looking into it. I can't see dragging 2 heavy macines around like that. Trailer space is valuable.

  10. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    I'm not an operator, only a mechanic. But I will say Wacker is the one I see the least of in the shop, if properly maintained. The biggest thing is a clean air filter and every year change the oil in the exciter box.

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