What to look for when choosing a soil compactor

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It is difficult to imagine modern road and construction work without the use of soil compactors. Soil compactors used in construction and road construction are machines used to compact the ground, used, among others, for repairing roads, preparing the ground for foundations, floors, paving stones, pavements, etc.

On the market you can find a wide range of compactors of many renowned brands, such as Dynamic, Weber or Enar, differing in weight, technical parameters or the type of drive unit used. As in the case of other construction machines, when planning the purchase of such a machine, you should select the appropriate model for the nature of road or construction works.

Division of soil compactors

Generally speaking, we can divide soil compactors into:

  • combustion compactors (gasoline, diesel),
  • electric compactors.

Due to the nature of the works for which the machine is intended and the way it is operated, compactors can be divided into:

  • one-way compactors (hand guided),
  • reversible compactors (self-moving).

One-way compactors

One-way compactors are used rather for small jobs. Their weight usually does not exceed 130 kilograms, and this is because a heavier machine would be difficult for the operator to drive. Such compactors are perfect for such works as, for example, hardening the ground for paving stones, compacting excavations for foundations, minor road repairs. Due to the fact that the operation of these machines requires some effort on the part of the operator, it is worth buying such a compactor that it has an easy start, high work culture and low vibration level.

Reversible compactors (self-moving)

Reversible compactors are used for large and more demanding jobs. These are heavier machines with a weight of up to 900 kilograms. The operator’s work with such a compactor consists in giving the machine direction, and further movement is automatic, under the influence of machine vibrations.

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