If you need to compact soil, asphalt or other materials, you need to make sure you've got the right equipment for the job. the type of compactor you hire should be based on a number of criteria, including:
Your equipment supplier will need this information so they recommend the most suitable compactor for hire. Find out more about the most common types of equipment below.
Single drum padfoot rollers can handle most light to medium compaction work, such as preparing road substructures, parking areas, airfields and trench backfills.
Also known as paddies or sheep's foot rollers, these versatile compactors are suitable for most cohesive, semi-cohesive and granular materials, including clay and silt soils. The kneading action of the pads removes air pockets to increase the soil's density.
Padfoot rollers are available in weights from 3t–16t. You can also hire a padfoot roller with a levelling blade for thicker lifts.
If you're compacting coarse or non-cohesive materials such as gravel, loam or sand, you'll need a smooth drum roller. The weight and vibration of the drum create a denser matrix with high load-bearing strength suitable for highways, car parks, building foundations, dams and industrial sites.
Single drum rollers are available from 5t–17t.
A double drum roller compacts at both the front and the rear, allowing for the compaction of asphalt, road base and other fine granular materials. Tandem rollers are suitable for footpaths, playgrounds, roadworks and industrial yards.
Double drum rollers are available from 1t–12t
Another option for compacting asphalt, granular road base and soils, multi-wheel rollers are normally used for finishing and sealing, as the vertical oscillation of the tyres can level out uneven surfaces.
Multi-tyre rollers are available from 3t–24t, with open or closed cabs. You can also choose from a range of features including adjustable ballast and air-on-the-run tyres for enhanced performance.
Compactors come in all shapes and sizes, including handy mini compactors ideal for narrow spaces or sites that are difficult to access. this equipment is easy to transport in a ute and still has all the power you need. options include:
Whatever surface or space you're working on, Coates has the right compaction equipment for every job, from padfoot and smooth drum rollers to portable compactors. Talk to your local Coates team to find out more.
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