A Plate Compactor Hardens And Flattens Surfaces, Increases Load Bearing Capacity And Prevents Soil Settlement

Regardless of whether you use a plate compactor for every day use, or you just need to use one now and again in the backyard, you will find they are an indispensible power tool.

It will depend on the projects you wish to do that will determine the type of compactor to use. You can choose from reversible compactors, which are effective in restricted areas, and others that come with built-in water tanks, which are just the thing for small-scale tasks. These compactors work with a variety of materials which includes aggregate, dirt, asphalt and cement.

In the event you are looking to add or extend a patio, path , large fish pond, shed, greenhouse or swimming pool you would find a compactor to be absolutely necessary piece of equipment.

They are invaluable tools for compacting soil into a very firm and even surface that's suitable for building on. A vibrating plate compactor is the tool to use if you want your project done properly.

Doing it any other way you take the risk of your project degrading far quicker than it should, leaving you no option but to carry out the task again.


Before you start your project you will need to prepare the area. This requires measuring the area, digging out soil to the required depth which in the case of a large pond or swimming pool will extend to 6 feet or more, and leveling out. Once that has been done you are in a position to use your compactor.

The large metal plate of the plate compactor will then be used to harden and flatten the area by repeatedly banging on the ground. You'll want to use the compactor over the whole until the surface is as hard and flat as it can be. This will ensure that you have the best possible surface for your project.

Taking short cuts at this point will inevitably lead to an improper foundation that may sink over a few months or years. This can result in structural damage, and the aggregate, concrete or asphalt that you use will quickly fracture and split apart, which will prove to be a major problem on a fishpond, swimming pool or other large structure.

Plate compactors are not the cheapest of tools and you may find it more cost effective to hire one rather than to purchase one.

When running a compactor over aggregate or other base material you should overlap each pass by approximately 10 cm. Start at the outside of you work area and work towards the center. Passes should be made at 30 degree angles. You may need to carry out this process several times before it is sufficiently compact.

Forward Combination Compactor

The FC4000E compactor shown here is an excellent choice for soil and asphalt and comes equipped with unique safety features, performance and stylish looks. This Belle Group unit has a single direction plate compactor that is bound to satisfy your needs. High priority has been given to health and safety with low hand arm vibration.

It features fast travel speed for improved productivity, low hand-arm vibration levels, for operator health and safety, and an engine protection frame provides a lifting point.

Additionally, the handle folds flat and the compact size makes for easy transport and storage

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