Wacker Plate Compactors

The home of high-quality plate compactors, available at unbeatable prices. Stocking a comprehensive range of genuine Wacker Neuson vibratory plates for compacting soil, asphalt and gravel – be it for DIY or professional use.

Choose from lightweight single plates to heavy duty compactors in single direction or reversible models.

Specialist advice and quick delivery

The Wacker Equipment team know our products inside out. For specialist advice on choosing the right plate compactor, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01453 451 991 or email sales@wacker-equipment.com.

All of our products come with free delivery as standard, or choose next-day delivery if you order before 1pm.

Browse our comprehensive selection of Wacker Plate Compactors below.

What is a plate compactor?

Sometimes called a vibratory plate, or just a plate, plate compactors are an essential tool in landscaping and construction. They work by compressing sand, soil, gravel or tarmac to prepare the ground and give it a stable subsurface.

Why choose Wacker Neuson?

Wacker Neuson are market leaders in the construction equipment market. This brand is so closely associated with compaction plates that “Wacker plates” are a household name! Robust, durable and reliable, there’s simply no other manufacturer that can come close in terms of quality and performance.

What are plate compactors used for?

Plate compactors are most commonly used for paving and paving maintenance, driveways and patios, but can also be used for construction projects which require reliable compacting for stable foundations.

It’s vital to make sure the ground is compacted before a paved surface is created. Otherwise, it’s likely to become uneven and unstable on exposure to moisture, hot and cold temperatures, and the weight above it.

How do plate compactors work?

Plate compactors use powerful vibrations to compress material into the ground. There’s a wide variety of plates available, with a range of different features to help do the job, but they all have a flat baseplate that vibrates on the ground surface. The force of these vibrations works on the ground below to compress it. Dependant on the engine power, some machines can compact material down to various depths, typically 30cm deep.

Operating a plate compactor

  1. After preparing the ground with a rake, switch on the plate compactor and use the handle to push it across the area you wish to compress.
  2. Then, as if using a lawnmower, move the plate to the next ‘strip’ of land and push it back in the other direction.
  3. Once the whole area has been covered once, change the angle of your machine and move it over the ground again, this time at right angles to your original strips.

Depending on the type of surface you are working with, you may need to add some moisture to the soil to prevent the plate from sticking. In-built water systems make this easy to achieve.

Machinery must only be operated with safety gear, including eye protection, ear defenders, gloves and steel toecap boots.

Selecting the right plate compactor for the job

Every job is different, but we stock a variety of plates to suit your needs.

How big is the job?

If you’re working on a small-scale area of asphalt, a single-plate compactor is probably the best choice. However, if you have a big area to cover, a reversible plate compactor will save a lot of time and effort.

What materials are you working with?

This will determine the eccentric frequency you need (how fast the plate compactor vibrates):

  • Higher frequencies are a better choice for small aggregate materials like sand and gravel.
  • When working with tarmac, choose a plate with a built-in water system.
  • If you’re working with clay-based soil, a rammer is better-suited to the job.

Will it be used regularly?

Petrol-powered plate compactors are cheaper to buy, but have higher fuel costs. Diesel plate compactors on the other hand are more economical to run, but there’s a higher initial outlay – if you’re planning for intensive use, they may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Consider purchasing a plate service kit to keep your machine in tip-top condition.

Are user-friendly features important to you?

The machinery can become extremely heavy and difficult to move around. Features such as anti-vibration handles, central-mounted handles and swinging handles are all designed to aid manoeuvrability.

Choosing a dual-direction plate compactor can make life easier too, so you don’t have to spend time and energy trying to drag it around. They come in especially handy for heavy-duty, large-scale operations. Plates with a hover mode are another excellent option.

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