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When you are completing a job, it is essential to make sure you have the right equipment for the work you are doing. A single drum roller may be useful for many construction projects. Sometimes the single drum roller is also referred to as a road roller or steamroller. These alternate names are a reference to the drum roller flattening asphalt, concrete, or other similar material.
Since a single drum roller is not needed for every job, many construction companies prefer renting, rather than buying one. Renting allows a company to save on the overall cost of the single drum roller, and it also saves you space during equipment storage between uses.
There are times when a single drum roller is the best machine for the job. It provides excellent flattening power for groundwork prep, highway work, or concrete work on sidewalks.
If you need to prepare the ground for a massive project and need to smoothen an uneven land, soil or asphalt, a drum roller is usually the best equipment. This is when you need to decide whether to use a single drum roller or a double drum roller. In most instances, a single drum roller will work exceptionally well for your project.
Its front drum and pneumatic wheels allow it to smoothly and efficiently roll over large and heavy objects. The pneumatic and tiered tires are steadier than what other heavy equipment uses. These specialized tires help to prevent flats as it drives over debris.
The single drum roller is excellent to use during significant prep work. It works well for sidewalks, driveways, and highways. It is also an excellent choice for flattening the area where foundations will sit. Since the single drum roller is smaller, it is easier to use in tight spaces. Also, since the wheels are in the back, the single drum roller has great maneuverability for its size. The single drum roller only flattens and compresses the area in front of the driver.
The single drum roller is more substantial in the front than it is in the back. The weight is focused on the drum. Due to the extra weight of the drum, there are times when the single drum roller cannot roll over some surfaces.
There are several manufacturers of single drum rollers. Each manufacturer has various models, and each model offers different technical specs.
CASE offers many types of compaction rollers. These single drum rollers are known to be easy to operate and easy to maintain. The rollers are strong enough to last through daily or continuous use. The CASE rollers have a high vibration frequency that goes up to 67 Hz. The high vibration allows for smaller objects such as rocks or gravel to easily break away. It is also easy to maneuver and operate.
This manufacturer offers both diesel and gas-powered engines in their single drum rollers. Some models come with two-cylinder engines, while others have three or four-cylinder engines. This feature provides you choices depending on the size of your job. Some rollers offer air-conditioned cabs, while others have open cabs.
Another single drum roller manufacturer, Volvo, produces high-quality rollers that have wide widths and high-frequency vibrations that improve the performance and the speed of the job. These rollers offer stellar results, and their high performance works for both large highway projects or smaller street projects. Volvo offers great quality results, better speed, higher performance, and is a good value for money.
Caterpillar offers landfill rollers, pneumatic rollers, soil compactors, tandem vibratory road roller models, and vibratory soil compactors. Each of these rollers is designed to do a job and do it well. Cat Connect uses technology and services to improve job site efficiency. Using the data from their technology-equipped machines, owners can get valuable insight into the equipment and operations. This gives them superior ways to maximize production, reduce costs and improve safety on each job.
Bomag offers light compaction equipment, asphalt paving equipment, soil compactors, mining, recycling, and sanitary landfill management products. Use their dealer locator to find a dealer near you.
This is only a small list of manufacturers. It's imperative to know and understand what your job will consist of. Having this information will allow you to choose the optimal machine for your needs.
Each manufacturer has their popular models. Each drum roller, whether single or tandem rollers, have their specialties. For example, Wacker Neuson manufactures rollers that can be used on slopes or gradients. Each model that a manufacturer produces has their capabilities for different job utilization. Since all rollers are designed to compact large areas, it is up to you to decide the weight capacity and size needed for your job.
Wacker Neuson RC110
Ideally suited for large area compaction and on slopes. The Single drum soil compactors are available with smooth or Padfoot drums. Wacker Neuson is available in three models, RC50, RC70, and RC110. Each model has an increasing drum size with a four-cylinder diesel engine. This offers the operator a greater strength as you maneuver slopes and gradients.
Volvo is known for its single drum rollers. With three models to choose from, Volvo's single drum rollers can handle tough jobs. The SD115B is the big brother of the bunch boasting an impressive 25,614 lb operating weight, massive 147.5 horsepower engine and 58,050 lbs of maximum centrifugal force, and a 2,134 mm drum width.
The SD115B vibratory compactors allow you to change the vibration frequency easily from the operator console so that you can compensate for changing soil types. There are 5 different frequency types available for optimal versatility. The Adaptive power system adjusts engine and hydraulic system performance based on conditions, meaning you never use more power than you need. Adaptive power saves you money on fuel by only giving you what you need.
The SD115B can be used in three different configurations and allows for a variety of roller attachments. It also allows for quick conversions from smooth drum to a padfoot drum by clamping on a padfoot shell over the roller instead of having to change the drum.
CASE asphalt rollers are built for the daily grind. These machines are built with impressive maneuverability features. One of the top roller lines made by CASE is the DV Series Compactors. The largest of the CASE compaction equipment is the SV216D. This model features 154 hp of engine power and an operating weight of 31,640 lbs.
CAT makes several styles of compactors. The largest of the single drum rollers is the CCS9 Combination Vibratory Roller. The CCS9 is a massive nine metric ton vibratory compactor that combines a smooth front drum and smooth rear tires for comfortable operation. The water spray system is designed to keep the tires and roller wet to prevent overheating in the heat of the day.
The powerful 131 horsepower engine allows for powering through tough jobs, and the CCS9 vibrates at an impressive 31023 pounds of centrifugal force. For the operator, the CCS9 offers intuitive fingertip controls, and first in class easy to read LCD displays.
Whenever someone is using construction equipment, there is always the chance of potential hazards. It doesn't matter how skilled a person is at using it or how long they have been using it. While rollers themselves have changed only a little, the awareness of safety has grown over the years.
Many dangers come when using construction equipment like rollers. If the operator rides close to an edge, it is possible that the roller could slip off the edge, tip over and pin the driver underneath of the machine. Another issue could be if the drive is thrown from the roller. If the roller is rolling over, the driver could be thrown from the roller and be killed.
Another safety issue is blind spots. If a driver is not aware of the people around the roller, it is possible that a person could be run over. This would crush the person, leading to death.
Other potential hazards can be the noise pollutions, collision, and crashing, or burns from hot machinery. Fuel leaks and fire is another possible hazard when using compression equipment.
Safety on any job site is critical. Any construction site poses risks to workers and people who happen to be near the job site. That is why it is important to have safety protocol in place and that everyone follows the protocol, guidelines, and instructions. It is crucial that all employees know and follow the safety protocol.
All new hires should be trained on these protocols. Even employees who have been using the equipment should have refresher courses to make sure that everyone on the job site is safe.
Some basic safety rules to follow are always to have a qualified operator working the equipment. The operators should be at last 18 years old and should understand precisely how to use the equipment before being left unsupervised. Everyone on a job site should have adequate safety clothing and use protective equipment. Things like a hard hat, work glove, and steel-toed boots should always be worn. If the noise levels are about 90 dbA, ear plugs or over the ear protection should be used.
To keep a driver safe from being thrown from the cab, drivers should wear seat belts at all time while on the machine. No one should ride on the roller except those who are in the cab, secured with a seat belt.
Many of the new single drum rollers also come with rollover protective structures or ROPS. This will help prevent the machine from rolling over, pinning the driver.
All employees should go through safety training when using or be around the machines. As part of the safety protocol, staff should know where it is safe to walk, and where they should not be when the roller is in use. This will prevent someone from being in the blind spot and potentially be crushed to death.
Anyone who uses the single drum roller should receive the proper training. Training is one of the easiest ways to reduce accidents on the job site and creates less downtime for the job. A company that lets unqualified employees operate and use a single drum roller runs the risk of being liable for damage done. There is also a chance that it can cause issues with the insurance company.
OSHA has many pieces of training that employees need to complete before working on the job site. Some of these have to do with fires, hazardous materials and general on the job safety. Other training deal directly with construction sites. These training courses should be completed before the person is allowed to operate any machinery.
OSHA requires that all employees working on construction sites with drum rollers know how to recognize certain situations, especially ones that can pose a rollover risk. These would be things like soft edges that can cause one side of the equipment to sink down. Slopes with articulated steering that can make the compactor unstable. Operators need to know how to spot tires that are not properly inflated. Also, they need to be aware of rainy or wet conditions that can pose a hazard
while unloading or make embankments unstable.
If you are renting the single drum roller, there are operation manuals available. It is crucial to always familiarize yourself with the particular model that you will be using. Sometimes, things change from model to model, or from one manufacturer or another. Similar to how things change from car make or model from another.
There are many drum compactors to choose from. It can be hard to know which single drum roller is better than another. Since each type of single drum roller has benefits over another, each manufacturer has something to offer that others do not, and each model has something that is better or worse than another, how does someone know which model to choose?
Online reviews can be a huge help; however, detailed feedback from users can also be a hindrance in a way. People have individual preferences and different experiences. Sometimes it helps to read several reviews to see if the overall opinion is the same.
Online reviews can be helpful in choosing the right compactor for the job. The DV45CC is known for its 40.8 horsepower Tier 4 Interim engine. It delivers high centrifugal forces and frequencies at low RPMs. Most of the reviews point to it being a well working machine that can easily handle the job. The DV45CC is compacted with a front offset drum, and it smooths with its rear pneumatic tires. The drum has a tapered edge and a high curb clearance, which allows for precision even in tight spaces.
Typically, the single drum roller is found during road work sites and on construction sites. The single drum roller used today, are diesel model, has come a long way from the first mechanical tools. The first mechanical rollers were a steel drum that was drawn by livestock. There was a seat on top of the frame where the teamster sat.
Today, they're the most commonly used rollers are the following four.
These usually have a higher efficiency and a better performance, due to the technology behind them. Vibration is created to reduce the air voids in the soil. It is perfect for sand or clay.
Another name for a tampering roller is a sheep foot roller or a padfoot roller. The front roller rectangularly shaped boots that are all the same size and create a hexagonal pattern. The difference between a tamping roller and the sheep foot roller is the wheel type.
The only difference between the smooth drum roller and the vibratory roller is that the smooth drum roller has no vibration.
A pneumatic roller has rubber tires on the front, and sometimes also on the rear. It is excellent for highways, dam construction, and grained and non-cohesive soils.
Improvements to single drum rollers have brought the technology a long way. New enhancements are on the horizon as well. The original rollers were powered by horses, while diesel motors power the newer rollers. Modern rollers also have a cab which is higher than the rollers. This gives the driver a better view of the area.
In recent years, there has been a device that is added to some single drum rollers. It is used when working on ground surfaces or roadways. The roller is comprised of a machine frame and a working drum. The working drum has at least one spraying device that is parallel to the drum. The outlet nozzles have one drivable closing mechanism. When being used, it fully uncovers the nozzle channel.
When a company is facing a construction project that is larger than what a hand roller could handle, a rental company is exactly what is needed. Single drum rollers are expensive, and smaller companies or companies that do not use it often cannot budget for buying and storing one. BigRentz makes it easy to rent the equipment you need for any job.
Renting a single drum roller is easy with BigRentz. While anyone can rent the roller, it is imperative that anyone who will be using the equipment is fully trained. It is the responsibility of the renter that all employees be properly trained before the roller is operated.
While using the single drum roller, there is certain safety equipment that needs to be used. Hard hats are mandatory, and safety goggles should always be worn. The operation manuals for the single drum rollers are available online at the BigRentz website. Please see the OSHA Manual for more safety information.
There is specific training that is required by OSHA designed to ensure the proper use of the single drum roller. The training is meant to keep everyone safe from injury and property safe from damage. Anyone who is operating a single drum roller is required to have taken these training courses. The state offers the training required by OSHA.
It is important that anyone using machinery is adequately trained. If there is an incident while using a large piece of construction equipment as a single drum roller, if the driver was not trained properly, the company renting the equipment can be held liable. If an untrained person is operating the machinery, this is often a liability of the renter, and it may void bonds and insurance claims.
No. BigRentz insurance requires that equipment is delivered and picked up using BigRentz haulers.
BigRentz has the equipment needed to complete any construction job big or small. If you are unsure of which type of roller you need, there is someone to help you decide on the other end of the phone. Renting from BigRentz is the best choice when you need large equipment. Give us a call at (888) 325-5172 and speak to a friendly customer service agent to help you get the equipment you need for the project. We are also here to help answer any rental questions you may have.