There are different types of compaction equipment, and it is understandable if you thought that they were all the same. Before your undertaking of the project at hand, it is necessary to research how they work as well as the varieties available in the market. Lucky for you, we have done the research, and in this guide, we look at actionable tips to consider when getting any compaction equipment.
1. Buying or Renting
Whether you buy or rent the equipment, is all dependent on the size of the project and the timeline. If you are going into business, it is better to buy your compacting equipment rather than renting them. However, renting could be a better option when the job is temporary or small.
2. Soil Type
Depending on the kind of soil you are out to compact, you will require different equipment. They are categorized into two groups, light, and heavy soil compacting equipment. Light soil compactors are applicable in small areas where little effort is required. They include Rammers, vibrating plate compactors, and vibro tampers. Heavy soil compactors include static and vibrating smooth wheeled rollers, sheepsfoot roller, pneumatic-tyred rollers, grid rollers, and tamping rollers.
3. Vertical Compactors
The choice of vertical compactors is depended on the size of the area being compacted. There are certain areas where large compactors cannot work. Vertical compactors such as a rammer can achieve your desired compactness, especially in tight spaces. They are balanced slightly forward to allow them to bounce and advance forward.
4. Engineer’s Recommendation
Soil excavation disorients its structure, and so you must choose the right size of the compactor as per the recommendation of the engineer. Using compaction equipment that is too heavy or too light can have adverse effects on the costs and productivity. Using vertical compactors that are too light will force you to use up more energy as you will have to make several passes before you get the desired compactness.
Using compactors that are too heavy and uses too much weight and force will crush the material instead of compacting it. It is, therefore, necessary to follow the recommendations of your site engineer. The Rotobale Compaction – EMD website has more online resources and references available.
5. Type of Soil
The type of soil you are compacting is one of the most crucial factors. It will dictate the type of compactor you will use. Different types of soils react differently to compactors, and it is vital to choose the right compactor for the job.
In conclusion, the above tips will guide you in buying or renting of compactors and other compaction equipment. Make sure that the place you buy or rent out the equipment, has technicians who can service them in case they break down during operations.