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Roller vs Plate Compactor. What Should You Choose?

Do you need high quality machinery for a drainage job, to cut concrete, or compact a sub base or asphalt lay on your construction site? MEIWA can help. We stock the full range of MEIWA construction equipment here in NZ, from trench rammer, to concrete saws, to vibrating rollers, to plate compactors.

However, if you’re looking to compact and smooth down large areas of tough materials like asphalt, cement, or road gravel, then you’re going to need a heavy-duty roller or plate compactor.

In this blog, we will dive into the differences between the two, so you can make the best decision for your project. By choosing the right compactor, you will increase project efficiency and get better results.

Overview of Construction Compactors

Compactors apply strong impact or vibration pressure to loose materials, such as soil, metal and asphalt, to reduce air pockets and create a tight even surface. In turn, this allows loose material to be able to support the weight of a building or other construction, and minimises the risk of settling, sinking, or cracking in the foundations.

What You Need to Know About Plate Compactors

Plate compactors use a vibrating base plate to apply immense impact pressure to cohesive soils, along with gravel and other coarse materials. The heavy impact action evens out the ground and dispels air pockets easily and efficiently and is fantastic for tough jobs.

Plate compactors can cover a large area, but they also work well within confined spaces, and are regularly used to maintain asphalt and curb edgings. These range from 37kg to 340kg.

What You Need to Know About Roller Compactors

Compactor rollers are the top choice for finer granular soil types such as silt and sand and are also suited to softer material like Asphalt. Instead of a direct downward impact action, rollers use their large drums and weight, along with vibration to even out soil with high precision.

Thanks to their size, vibrating rollers travel faster and complete large areas of work fast. They are especially valuable for road construction. Walk-behind models range from 270kg to 740kg.

Contact MEIWA NZ for All Your Construction Equipment Needs


At MEIWA NZ, we stock an innovative range of tools and equipment for the construction industry. Since MEIWA was first established in Japan in 1945, MEIWA has become associated with excellence in the design and engineering of small construction machinery.

Built in Japan to adhere to the most exacting standards for quality and safety, we have become the supplier of choice to discerning construction industry professionals everywhere.


To find out more about our incredible product range, get in touch by phone or email today.

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