Forward Plate Compactors

The “go-to” source of high-quality, forward plate compactors – available at unbeatable prices, with fast delivery and unrivalled customer service.

Advice from a team of industry experts

Our team of construction industry experts are always here to help. We’ve been selecting the right product for the right job year after year, giving customers unbiased and pragmatic advice that they can rely upon.

If you want to know the best compactor for your particular job, please contact our friendly team on 01453 451 991 or email

Alternatively, browse from our extensive selection of Wacker forward plate compactors below and benefit from free delivery today…

What is a plate compactor?

As the name suggests, plate compactors are used to compact surfaces such as soil, gravel, sand or loose stone. This prepares the surface for building by pushing out air and minimising the risk of future settling.

How do plate compactors work and operate?

The process works by the effects of repeated vibration, or downwards driving, of a flat metal plate against the surface to be compacted. This effectively “flushes out” unwanted air and leads to a smooth and stable surface (which won’t suffer when there are freeze/thaw cycles and other disturbances).

The decision to compact is an important one, but so is the decision to prepare properly and use the correct equipment and techniques; failure to do so could lead to the same problems as if you hadn’t compacted at all.

Our experts can advise you on how best to approach your job, and which model to use.

Selecting the right plate compactor

Compactors range from hand-pushed models for smaller domestic jobs, through to large industrial models which may be driven or even automated for larger-scale construction projects. When selecting your equipment, the starting point is to always consider the job in hand.

For smaller and domestic jobs, a single/forward plate compactor should usually be adequate. These models are ideal for simpler jobs, as they are easy to handle and operate. They work on high frequencies and comparatively low amplitude for compacting thin layers of sand and gravel for example.

The only potential disadvantage is that they only move in a forward motion, so you’ll need to think about that and weigh up the pros and cons in more detail. It may be that you need to consider a different type of model, such as one from our reversible plate compactors range for example.

Speak to a specialist

Our team of experts are always here to help and advise!  Contact us for expert advice on choosing the right forward plate compactor for your particular project and learn why we have so many satisfied customers.

Email or call 01453 451991 for more information today.

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