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Old 02-05-2015, 03:31 AM
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I have a few projects that justifies buying a plate compactor over renting one. I know little to nothing about plate compactors other than what they are supposed to do and have never used one.

It will be used for paver driveway, walkways and patios. Also for compaction under poured concrete.

Any suggestions on makes or models and what features to look for? (features like forward/reverse, forward only, hover, anti-vibration handles, etc.)

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Old 02-05-2015, 03:39 AM
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I would try the local rental shops for used ones and note the brands they use.
Bid-a-boo (sp?) on ebay often has units.
The smaller units I have used don't have the extra features you list...those are found on the larger ones.
United Rental has listings of their used equipment on the website.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:12 AM
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All the smaller units I have used just vibrate. I've never used one that had a direction control or any of the other options you list. I don't know if I would spend extra money buying one that has those options.
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I have Wacker brand compactors, they are commercial duty. They cost anywhere from 1800 to 2500 depending on features. For home use it wouldnt be worth spending that much. Northern tool, even harbor freight has some units that will work for home use. I actually bought one from northern tool years ago as a back up machine, and ill tell you it works as good as the Wacker, I just would"nt consider it an extreme duty machine. And for 600 you really cant go wrong. All these machines have clutches so they stay put in idle and once compacting are easy to manuver, hoover and turn. Handles are rubber mounted for vibration . Just remember to compact your bases in lifts of 4" or so. You can not compact 12" of base in one lift with any of these compactors in this size range.
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I have a wacker 1550aw I bought used off craigslist for around. $900. It's a little best up but has more than paid for itself in the last 3 years. Even if you were to buy it new for $2k, if you take care of it you could unload it for $1200 when your done using it.

It's really nice having it there to use at your convenience. The guy I also bought it from sold me a Optimus Handhoben grading system. That was worth more than the compactor in time saved.
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Wacker is the best. None of them, that I know of, have directional control.
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Make sure it has Honda engine
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:29 AM
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Thanks for all the responses and advice! It is greatly appreciated.

The plan is looking that it will be used for more than the just initial project I listed, and be used by a few people, so I'll look into the wacker (honda engines of course) - maybe new, use for a while and sell. The 1550 does look like a nice machine. But I'll also check the local used market first as well.
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