A rule of thumb is that a compactor will compact 1 inch of material for every 1,000 pounds of compaction force it exerts. You should also consider the machine’s vibration frequency, measured in vibrations per minute. Higher vibration frequency (around 5,700 vpm) is good for compounding thin layers of material.
What Size Plate Compactor Do I Need?
When planning to compact soil or asphalt, the first thing you need to consider is the size of the plate compactor. Plate compactors come in a variety of sizes, and each size has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.
The size of the plate compactor you need will depend on the job you are doing. If you are compacting soil for a small garden, you can get away with a smaller plate compactor.
However, if you are compacting asphalt for a parking lot, you will need a much larger plate compactor. The size of the plate compactor also determines the weight of the machine.
The heavier the machine, the more force it can apply to the ground. This is important when you are compacting soil or asphalt. The size of the plate compactor also affects the price.
The larger the plate compactor, the more expensive it will be. However, the price difference between a small and a large plate compactor is not that significant.
The size of the plate compactor also determines the noise level. The larger the plate compactor, the louder it will be.
If you are working in a residential area, you might want to consider a smaller plate compactor to avoid disturbing your neighbors.