Wacker Plates, or Plate Compactors pack a real punch and are vital for a range of construction jobs. Excellent for levelling and compacting during ground works projects, including preparation work for paths, driveways and building construction. They are essential if problems are to be avoided later on such as new structures developing cracks and faults.
Versatile Wacker Plates have a smaller foot, and are used for backfills in trenches that are narrow, when carrying out water or gas pipe installation. They are also ideal for marginal strip compaction on asphalt pavements. This is because they may easily be operated in small, confined spaces.
Wacker Plates are efficient for flattening and compacting earth where the top layer is smoothed with a wide toothed rake. This means the plate compactor can work properly, giving neat and tidy results. You should wear the appropriate safety gear, when operating Wacker Plates. These consist of ear plugs, glasses, steel toed boots and work gloves. A safety helmet is also advisable if working with gravel. Wacker Plates are not difficult to operate if you : –
Compaction tests and soil samples are recommended, in order to gain an accurate idea of the maximum compaction depth achievable. Conditions like moisture content and grain distribution in the ground will affect this, making accuracy difficult. Professional contractors would not consider erecting a structure before properly preparing the ground. This step is unfortunately often overlooked within DIY projects, leading to disappointing results. Another area which needs compaction before the main work commences is interlocking paving.
Surfaces that are sloped such as embankments need care when using a wacker plate, and the operator should refer to the manufacturer’s guidance on gradients. A gradient maximum of approx 20 degrees is advisable for an effective and safe result.
The term ‘Wacker’ is used by builders etc, and perfectly describes the action of these handy machines. They use incredible force to pound or hammer material like soil, until it is stable and firm. Loose soil would be useless where building work and foundations are required.
Hiring a Wacker Plate can save time and money, and all of our tools and equipment are serviced and maintained by experts. We are happy to advise on the use of any of our heavy or small plant, and our competitive hire rates are popular with customers. We offer a vast range of machinery, tools and equipment for jobs around the home or construction site in Witham. This includes projects such as building, gardening, landscaping, roadworks and work at height.
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