Soil compactor can be classified into two types: the light soil compacting equipment and heavy soil compacting equipment.
Light soil compacting equipment are equipment which is best for smaller area of compaction. It can be used with lesser effort and much handier compared to other compacting equipment. Some light soil compacting equipment are rammers and vibrating plate compactors of which can be used by hand, mechanized or fuel-operated.
Rammers, also known as jumping jack tamper uses its weight as a pressure applied directly to the area covered by the plate. To start the rammers, move the throttle lever to its open position. Once it starts, adjust the jumping position and maneuver it to the desired area.
Compared to rammers wherein it uses its weight, vibrating plate compactors uses vibration during the compaction. Vibrating plate compactors can be run by electricity or fuel. Check for the equipment manual for the instruction in turning on plate compactor. Once turned on, start maneuvering by running the compactors into strips of the area.
Heavy soil compacting equipment are equipment which is best for bigger area which can be composed of different type of soil as well as their moisture content. Some of which are smooth-wheeled rollers, sheep foot roller and pneumatic tired rollers. These rollers are composed of steel drum or drums to crush and flatten the soil.
In operating roller compactors, turn on the ignition. Take charge of the control panel on your compactor roller and apply the necessary changes in frequency. Once the settings are right and desired to your soil type, control your gear lever and steering wheel.