Different Types of Compaction Rental Equipment

Different Types of Compaction Rental Equipment

Specific jobs have different needs when it comes to compaction rental equipment. Renting equipment is the best way to get what you need for your particular project without the commitment of ownership.

If you need compaction equipment for your upcoming project, here are some of the differences between compactors you need to know.

What Does Compaction Do?

Compaction creates denser soil by packing it down and making more solid ground.

When using compaction equipment, typically, the goal is to create more stability, reduce water leakage or air bubbles, and even fight against frost damage.

Whether you're working on sand, gravel, frozen ground, or flexible dirt, the compaction equipment you choose must match the job you need it for. There are many options, so you should easily find one that makes your job infinitely more accessible.

Different Types of Force

The force you need for your compaction will differ based on the job, but there are two primary types of compactions: vibratory and static.

Vibratory compaction repeatedly and rapidly beats the ground to compact multiple layers and get the soil as dense as possible.

By contrast, static force applies weight only once, and focuses on compression of the uppermost soil layers only.

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Types of Compaction Rental Equipment

Not all jobs will call for the same equipment. Depending on the scale of the job, the season, the type of soil you’re working with, and the force needed to get the job done, the perfect piece of rental compression equipment will vary.

Some of the different options include:

  • Smooth Wheel Roller. A ride-on piece of equipment with a smooth drum can compact a lot of space depending on the size of the drum. There are narrow and wide options with different force capabilities to consider.
  • Padfoot Roller. A more forceful roller, padfoot rollers have hexagonal studs on the drum to distribute the pressure differently. If the ground you're working on needs more penetration, padfoot rollers come in different sizes, too.
  • Vibratory Plate Compactor. For a walk-behind option for small jobs or tight spaces, the vibratory plate compactor can work at multiple force levels to achieve the right amount of compaction for your task. Walk-behinds benefit even large job sites to fit nooks and crannies or for a little more hands-on control.

Before committing to a piece of compaction equipment for your job, remember that it's not one size fits all. You may need different compactors for different phases of the same project. That's one of the reasons why having the flexibility of renting is so attractive.

Bottom Line

For your next job that needs rental compaction equipment, check out the inventory at Falcon Rentals for the latest machinery. We carry every kind of compaction equipment: always well-maintained and ready to use as soon as it’s in your hands.

Whether you need equipment right now or are planning ahead, contact us to find the best rental equipment for your job.