Plate compactors can be used for a variety of different things. Their primary purpose is to compact soil, gravel, loose stones, or sand before paving a road, driveway, or patio.When selecting and purchasing a plate compactor, it is important to look at more than just price. Make sure you find a plate that suits the types of jobs it will be used on, and make sure it has the features and elements to allow you to get the best compaction and smoothest job possible.
Below are 4 steps need to follow when choose your reliable plate compactor.
- 1. type
There are three main types of plate compactor ;
- 01. Single-Plate Compactor:
These types of compactors go in a forward direction only and work on high frequencies and comparatively low amplitude for compacting the thin layer of sand and gravel.
- 02. Reversible Plate Compactor:
Reversible plate compactor can go in both forward and reverse direction. It is most suitable for granular soils and mixed soils.
- 03. Heavy Duty or High-Performance Plate Compactors:
These type of compactors are applicable for semi-cohesive soils and on large amplitude. It is often used for sub-base or deeper depth of compaction.
- 2. size
Picking the best plate compactor starts by determining the plate size you need. That’s going to require that you lay out your plans in advance for upcoming projects. If you are working on a small parking spot, you only need a small machine. Likewise, if you are doing an entire parking lot, you want the biggest machine you can afford.
- 3. power
The next consideration is power. If you are a smaller person, you aren’t going to want the heaviest, most powerful plate compactor on the market. That is going to be difficult for you to ultimately control and could lead to an accident. Instead, opt for a machine that fits your needs and your ability.
You’ll also need to consider the frequency of vibrations that a plate compactor applies. Smaller models with a frequency of around 5,700 vpm (vibrations per minute), such as our petrol plate compactors are perfect for narrower layers of materials, whereas deeper or wider layers will require a plate compactor that offers between 3,000 and 4,000 vpm, more like our 600mm petrol asphalt compactor which boasts a speed of 9.8m per second.
- 4. features