Crumbling, cracking and shifting are words you never want to hear and should not be forgotten when starting even the smallest pavement projects. A plate compactor is the tool to use to make sure the ground will be stable before pavement is poured, creating your introductory foundation and reducing the possibility of future cracks. For all types of paving and pavement maintenance jobs, using a plate compactor is a worthwhile investment that ensures a sturdy pavement foundation for years to come. Below are some helpful tips in choosing what will work best for your project.

Types of Plate Compactors

Plate compactors in the industry can be divided into three main categories - single plate compactors, reversible plate compactors and high performance plate compactors.

Single plate compactors only move in one direction and are considered the most popular choice for smaller asphalt jobs. On the other hand, reversible plate compactors can go in both directions. Reversible plate compactors are usually used for commercial, deeper depths or sub base compaction. For even more options, check out our selection of GPX Economy, Premium, Rammers and Reversible plate compactors for your next project. There is something for every job type.

Plates, Price and User-Friendliness

Selection of the compactor plate itself is equally important. There are normally two different types of plates, which are made out of steel or ductile iron. The shape of the base plate also has the ability to create a direct impact on compaction. For example, the curved plates are much easier to be turned.

Do not focus entirely on price when you are searching for a plate compactor. You need to see whether the compactor is equipped with different types of plates that match perfectly with your job. The larger the job, the bigger the plate contractor will be needed which can be a little more difficult to operate.  In addition, you need to make sure that it has all the right elements and features, which are required for you to obtain the smoothest and best compaction.

Lastly, look into how user friendly the machine is. Some plate compactors may vibrate more than others when operating and this may cause difficulty for the operator in handling the machine itself. Vibration per minute or VPM is something you will come across that helps decide the force of impact the machine makes against the soil.

Seek Proper Advice

Seeking proper advice on the best plate compactor will help you set up your pre foundation work. You can spend thousands of dollars on a new driveway finish, but if the ground is not compacted properly, cracks and tilting from ground movement may occur.

Make sure to consult a professional to ensure you’re project is being completed correctly and you are on track. To learn more and final the tools and equipment for your next compacting job, call us!

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