Plate Compactor Attachments: More Powerful than you think!

posted by Sunil Newatia on April 4th, 2022
Proper soil compaction is critical for certain applications. Have you ever considered a compaction plate attachment on a mini excavator? It’s great for trench or hill compaction. It’s definitely safer than being inside a trench and offers good visibility from above with a nice long reach. 

Vibratory plate compactor is a great alternative to remote controlled or walk-behind compaction equipment. Plate compactor attachment offers a safer work environment, eliminating the need for the operator to be inside or near a trench to complete any work. The plate compactors also allow higher compaction in a much less time, increasing productivity and profitability.
Mini excavator plate compactor attachments are designed to effectively compact soil in trenching, ground levelling and embankment construction. Good examples are pipeline backfills and road or railway slopes. They’re also good for driving in and pulling out posts, sheet piling and other formworks. Mini excavator plate compactors are ideal machines for applications where the task is to compact soil on slopes or in confined places where self-moving plates or rollers cannot operate. 

Excavator-mounted plate compactors feature higher dynamic force output than walk behinds. Plate compactor attachments work on the same principles as larger drum rollers. As with those machines, plate compactors produce centrifugal force and frequency, which work together to develop compaction force and transfer it into the soil being worked. 

Some helpful tips for plate compactor operation include keeping the plate flat and in full contact with the material to obtain uniform compaction. Operators need to apply appropriate down force on the attachment — several shorter lifts will give higher compaction than thicker lifts.
Water and air are pressed out of the material to be compacted during the compaction action. The degree to which a material can be compacted mainly depends on the following characteristics: form and size; water content; and depth of the layer to be compacted (the compaction result can be increased if the layer height is less). Place the hydraulic compactor on the ground. Make sure that the entire tamper plate makes contact with the ground.

Switch on the hydraulic compactor. Exert slight pressure on the hydraulic compactor and move it slowly along a straight line. The ground/soil is compacted by the frequency of the tamper plate. Exerting excessive pressure with the carrier does not improve the working result. Switch off the hydraulic compactor, lift, it and put it back on the ground elsewhere to compact the next section. 

The soil moisture content can also impact the quality of work while operating the plate compactor. Very dry soil does not compact well, so it is critical to add moisture for good compaction.

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