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Not All Compactors Are Equal

When everyone is claiming they have best products on the market, how can you tell who is speaking the truth, and who is trying to pull the wool over your eyes? This happens in all industries. Even in the compaction equipment game. The first question to ask is – Where is it made? Any experienced contractor knows full-well the consistent quality and reliability of Japanese equipment. On the other hand, we all know that some other countries have a reputation of quite the opposite.

Knowing which type of compaction equipment, you need for your job at hand is just as important as ensuring you have a quality product. As each machine has been designed for a specific application. You may think all compaction equipment does the same job – well it doesn’t. 

For instance, if you were wanting to compact cohesive soil (such as clay and silt) in a confined space, such as a trench, the rammer (or trench / tamping rammer) is the best suited for you. 1. The narrow plate not only makes the rammer ideal to be used in trenches or tight spots, but it increased the force per square inch. 2. The powerfully designed ‘impact’ force (over again vibration force) gives it the ability compact very deep in solid soil types.

vibrating plate compactor

Another type of machine that you may require is the vibrating plate compactor. A vibrating plate compactor works on a different principle to the rammer. It uses a well-designed vibration frequency (rather than impact force) in conjunction with its weight to compact more granular soils to their desired depth. The plate compactors are ideal for compacting granular soils like sand, gravel, and asphalt, and have many other applications like helping to interlock paving stones, preparing for concrete, and so on. There are 2 main types of vibrating plate compactors: the single direction plate and the reversible plate. The main difference between the types is that the single plate can only move in a forward direction. Whereas the reversible can move in both forward and back directions.

Regardless of what type of equipment you plan on using on your jobsite, safety (which include maintenance) should also be on the forefront of everyone's minds. This is not only to keep your operators safe but to help protect your business and your reputation. If you are looking for a Japanese machine that are ‘Contractor Tough’ and renowned for it’s reliability since the 1940’s, the team at Meiwa will be able to provide you with the machine you need.

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