What Is A Reversible Plate Compactor?

Wacker Neuson DPU4545 Reversible Plate Compactor

In reversible compactors, the shaft rotates with an eccentric rotor and the force phase is adjusted according to the rotation of the shaft. Both the force and the speed can be adjusted by this combination. Twin eccentric weights can generate strong compaction forces due to their centrifugal force. This is equivalent to the power of an 80kg Tamping rammer. The forward, neutral, and reverse motions, as well as their direction and speed, are all adjustable. The machine is very low profile and very stable. This machine is especially suited for sewerage backfill and other wider projects. 

A reversible vibratory plate compactor provides variable forward and reverse operation, which is ideal for compacting trenches and backfilling around foundations. In addition, these machines can be used stationary for “spot” compaction. The use of reversible and high-performance/heavy-duty plate compactors is commonly seen for sub-base and deep compaction.

Are plate compactors capable of compacting soil? Typically, landscape projects require the use of a single-directional vibratory plate. You can rent plate compactors at most equipment rental companies. Soil compaction with cohesive materials is an exception.

There are many types and sizes of plate compactors. The plate compactor works by vibrating or driving a flat metal plate against the ground repeatedly. With this flat plate, dirt that is rough or uneven can be compressed and smoothed out. Sand and gravel are the ideal soil types for plate compactors. However, most paving contractors use them to compact asphalt on smaller areas where larger ride-on rollers cannot be used.