Single-drum ride-on rollers are compaction tools used for compacting surfaces made of gravel, loam, clay, silt, soil, or asphalt...Show More
Single-drum ride-on rollers are compaction tools used for compacting surfaces made of gravel, loam, clay, silt, soil, or asphalt. The two types of single-drum rollers you might use are smooth drum rollers and Padfoot drum rollers. Smooth drum rollers are best for coarse, granular materials like sand and gravel. They work well when compacting the area for driveways, sidewalks, and roads. Padfoot drum rollers work best on cohesive soils like clay or silt. They are good for projects where the soil needs to be compacted at greater depths.
Single-drum rollers come equipped with pneumatic tires in the back, which are designed to tread rough terrain. These air-filled tires also provide excellent traction, allowing single-drum rollers to easily flatten surfaces on steep grades. Check out the FAQs below to learn more.
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The cost to rent a single-drum roller varies depending on size, location, availability, and duration of the rental. For example, day rentals range from about $200 to $550, week rentals range from $600 to $1,600, and month-long rentals range from $1,500 to $5,000.
The main difference between smooth rollers and Padfoot rollers (also called sheepsfoot rollers) is the drums — a smooth roller’s drum has a smooth surface, and a Padfoot roller’s drum is covered with serrated protrusions or “feet.”
Because of their “feet,” Padfoot rollers can compact deeper, making them better for cohesive soils like clay, silt, and loam, while smooth rollers are best for compacting ground made up of granular materials.
When choosing the drum width, consider the area you’re compacting and how maneuverable the roller needs to be. For example, for a small project like a driveway, you may only want a 48-inch roller so you can maneuver it in and out easily around dumping and hauling equipment, while for a large road-paving or building pad project you may prefer an 84-inch roller since it may stay on the surface for greater periods and not have to be maneuvered in and out.
Whether you need a single-drum roller or a double-drum roller depends on the scope of your project. Since they only have one drum, single-drum rollers are more maneuverable, and better for job sites with narrow passages, difficult terrain, or a production cycle that requires them to move on and off the area often.
Double-drum rollers, on the other hand, can flatten in front and behind at the same time, providing more force and efficiency for large areas. Because they lack the traction that comes with tires, double-drum rollers are best suited for broad, flat areas, sites with gradual grading, or projects where they will need to maneuver off the workspace very little.
Also known as sheepsfoot rollers, Padfoot rollers have lugs or “feet” that knead the soil and compact the ground at greater depths. This makes them ideal for working with cohesive soils like clay, silt, or loam. If you need to compact loose materials like sand, you may opt for a smooth roller instead.