A wacker plate is used to compact soil through removing air from it, increasing its density and stability. This 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 it's reversible and its engine type.
A wacker plate, also called a vibratory plate compactor or compactor plate, is a machine used to compact soil through removing air from it, hence increasing its density and stability. This is required when preparing a base, for example after using a mini digger for doing the groundworks 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 that developed the first electric vibratory plate compactor in the 1930s.
When hiring a compactor plate, you should consider the following characteristics:
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 it with water to avoid too much dust coming up. Start the wacker plate (more info below), increase the throttle to its maximum, and manoeuvre 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 these areas are also correctly compacted.
Watch the video below for more details on using a plate compactor:
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 it on using the switch.
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.