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Wacker Plate

A wacker plate is used to compact soil through removing air from the soil, increasing its density and stability which is required when preparing a base, for example for a greenhouse, pavement, driveway or a path.

The price for hiring a wacker plate depends on its size, compaction force, whether its reversible and engine type.


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Wacker plate hire guide

What is a wacker plate?

A wacker plate - also called a vibratory plate compactor or compactor plate - is a machine used to compact soil through removing air from the soil, hence increasing its density and stability which is required when preparing a base, for example for a greenhouse, pavement, driveway or a path. The compaction is achieved with a vibrating baseplate. The term wacker plate originates from Wacker Neuson, a German company who developed the first electric vibratory plate compactor in the 1930s.

What type of wacker plate should I hire?

When hiring a compactor plate, you should consider the following characteristics:

  • Base plate width: Ranges from 300mm up to 1000mm
  • Compaction force: Determines the power of the vibratory plate compactor, heavy-duty jobs require a higher compaction force
  • Reversible: Some wacker plates have the ability to go both forwards and in reverse, while others can only go forwards
  • Comfort handles: Certain compactor plates have comfort handles which reduce strain on the muscles of the operator
  • Engine type: Wacker plates can be powered with a petrol / diesel or with an electric engine. Be careful with using a wacker plate powered by a petrol or diesel engine indoors as this might cause carbon monoxide poisoning - it is better to use an electric engine indoors

How to use a wacker plate?

Before starting, ensure the area you want to compact is cleared of any other tools or equipment, ensure you are wearing the right safety equipment, and if the soil is very dusty, spray some wather to avoid too much dust coming up. Start the wacker plate (more info below), increase the throttle to its maximum and maneuver the wacker plate a few times over the area you want to compact. Make sure you have a loose but firm grip on the handles. In combination with a wacker plate, use a hand tamper to finish the corners and areas against a fixed wall to ensure also these areas are correctly compacted.

See below for a video explaining the use of a plate compactor in more detail:

How to start a wacker plate?

For petrol wacker plates, make sure the engine switch is in the "on" position, open the choke valve and pull the cord as with a lawn mower. Now the wacker plate engine should start. When it has started, close the choke and increase the throttle of the wacker plate.
For electric wacker plates, make sure the wacker plate is plugged in and turn the on/off switch.

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a wacker plate?

When using a wacker plate it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a wacker plate consists of the following: protection goggles, protective footwear, ear protection and hand protection.

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