In the construction industry, a plate compactor is considered very important. Plate compactors are used to compact soil to install structures. Some of the systems installed by using plate compactors are patios and driveways. This article teaches you about plate compactors and what to look for when purchasing them.
There are different kinds of plate compactors; single plate compactors, reversible compactors, and high-performance/heavy-duty compactors. Each has an additional capability and a different size, determining the plate compactor price in Kenya.
Below are a few factors that determine the price of plate compactors.
The better the engine capacity is, the better the compactor performance. A higher engine capacity is more expensive than a lower engine capacity compactor. The engine capacity is given in CC.
The power of the engine
Engine power is given in HP rating. The higher the engine power, the higher the price of the compactor.
The type of the plate compactor
If you are buying a new plate compactor, it is more expensive than a secondhand compactor. The single-plate compactor, reversible compactors, and heavy-duty compactors have different abilities. The more features and higher the quality determine the price as well.
Compactor brands also determine the price of a plate compactor.
Like any other machine, the plate compactor needs to be maintained. Always check the environment you are about to work in to ensure that there are no obstacles that could break the compactor. Ensure that all the machine parts are in place and that the bolts and nuts are tight.
Always check the oil. Use the recommended engine oil by the manufacturer and ensure that it is on the level required.
Always ensure the fuel tank is full. Make sure the compactor is not hot when filling the fuel tank. If the fuel spills, wipe and ensure it dries before switching it on.
Replace the air filter if they contain dust.
How to use a plate compactor
Ensure the surface of the ground is smooth. This factor makes it easier to push and walk the plate compactor. Make sure the ground is not muddy. The choke needs to be closed and the engine primed before you start the engine.
Always wear your safety equipment:
- Wear work gloves, earplugs, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots.
- Start the machine at one corner and ensure you are holding the handle firmly because of the rapid vibration.
- Compress the area with the plate compactor back and forth in straight lines. You should repeat the procedure at least two times.
Once the pavers are installed, use the compactor to ensure they are firm.
Before buying a plate compactor, ensure you have purchased from a knowledgeable supplier to get your money’s worth. The higher the quality of the machine, the longer it will last because of its durability. Many people hire plate compactors; hence it can be a source of extra income when you own one.The above is essential information you need to know about plate compactors. Check also pedestrian roller.