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Part Number: 151005, 151010, 151015
Compactors are essential for trenching, flatwork, or asphalt jobs. It’s a handy accessory for embankments, prepping sidewalks and driveways for paving, and compacting crushed rock at commercial or industrial jobs. This attachment is particularly useful in highway, concrete slabs, and curb projects.
Compactors apply a pulsation force to a surface to concentrate ground particles, making them denser. An erratic weight rotating at high speed by hydraulic influence creates this vibration. This vibration, or rotating pulse, encourages air and moisture in the ground to move out.
Flexible shock isolators contain the compactor vibrations, allowing better contact with the area and protecting the machine. By distributing the pulses evenly, the attachment is level and more stable, improving compaction efficiency.
If your accessory is acting up, it’s best to discuss it with the dealer or refer to the operator manual. Some issues could be minor, and you might not notice there’s a problem. Others are more obvious. Below are three common issues:
For the first, the problem could be insufficient down pressure. If this is the case, correct it by increasing this pressure by lifting the front wheels. If that doesn’t solve the problem, the compactor could be lacking impulse circuit pressure. To fix it, adjust the bypass pressure.
If the compactor is experiencing extreme vibrations, the vibration circuit pressure is steep. Correct this by adjusting the bypass pressure.
If there’s no vibration present, this could mean that there’s no hydraulic oil flow to the accessory, or its drive broke. Check the hydraulics of the equipment, the hydraulic motor, and the drive coupler. If the coupler tack welds broke, re-tack the weld coupler.
These attachments have hydraulic systems that power their motion. There’s also a vibrating plate, oscillating drum, or wheel, depending on what type of compaction project is underway.
Deciding on an attachment comes down to what your project all entails. An extension is for a specific job, and misusing the accessory is costly and hazardous.
There are three types of compactors; the vibratory roller or drum plate, and compaction wheels. The roller and plate function similarly, differing in appearance, where the wheel works for trench-style operations.
This attachment works wonders for projects like irrigation systems, phone lines, pipeline trenching, windmill projects, and so on.
The roller type works by transmitting vibrations to the closed drum via a moving weight inside. The combination of this drum weight with the compactor’s static weight creates the force for compaction. Keep in mind, with this accessory classification too much silt or clay contents in the soil does cripple its effectiveness.
This attachment is a flat plate that contacts the area of compaction directly. Vibrations applied to the plate, as with the roller, increase the density of the ground for construction purposes.