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How to use the walk-behind plate compactor?

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    Whether you're building a path, a patio or even part of a road, having a plate compactor to ensure a smooth and level surface can make a huge difference on your next project. However regardless of where you’re using yours it’s essential you do so safely. As with any piece of power equipment, they’re designed to be used a specific way so it’s important to take care at all times. We’ve put this guide together so that you can be safe when operating your plate compactor, at home or on site.


    Follow the instructions and only use it where it’s suitable to plate compactors are designed to be used on surfaces that are already generally flat to begin with. They’re not made to turn mounds of dirt into level surfaces, and as a result they work best when there is little to no slope at all. And although it’s possible to lightly hose sand and stone for greater compaction, it’s important to not use them in the rain or if it’s soaking wet because this could cause the compactor to sink.


    As plate compactors run on gas too, it should go without saying that they should only be operated in well-ventilated areas and operators should have masks to protect themselves from dust and exhaust if it becomes an issue.



    As plate compactors run on gas too, it should go without saying that they should only be operated in well-ventilated areas and operators should have masks to protect themselves from dust and exhaust if it becomes an issue.


    You should always clean your compactor after every use, especially if it’s been used to compact bitumen. Keeping the plate keen can be done simply with kerosene and a scraper but the compactor should always be off during this process as it’s highly flammable.



    If you have any questions about your compactor or your upcoming project, feel free to contact us online.


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