For almost any type of construction project, you need properly compacted soil. Compaction equipment provides a firm, solid ground needed for foundations and pavements.
Factors When Choosing Compaction Equipment
Many factors influence the type of compaction equipment used on a project. Take into account the space you have to work with, the type of soil, and the area’s climate.
Light Soil Compacting Equipment
This type of equipment works best for soil compacting small areas. Some light soil compacting equipment includes the following:
- Rammers: The smallest of compactors, rammers are lightweight and operate either by hand or machine
- Vibratory plates: These types of compactors use vibrations to rearrange particles of earth, allowing them to fill in all the voids
- Vibro-tampers: Usually manually guided, tampers are another ideal choice for small areas
Heavy Soil Compacting Equipment
Use this type of equipment for larger areas that have different soil types. Examples of heavy soil compacting equipment include the following:
- Smooth-wheeled rollers: These rollers work best on asphalt, crushed rock, gravel, and sand. With one roller in front and another in back, this equipment is often used for finishing a top surface layer
- Sheepsfoot rollers: Used for compacting fine-grained soils and heavy clays, sheepsfoot rollers compact soils in dams, embankments, and railroad construction projects
- Pneumatic tired rollers: Also called rubber tired rollers, these rollers compact coarse-grained soils and rocks, and they are used for pavement subgrade projects
Compaction equipment is essential for construction sites to achieve the proper soil density. Having the right compaction equipment can help ensure your project’s success.