What is a Plate Tamper

plate tamperWhat is a plate tamper?

A plate tamper or compactor or vibrating tamper is made with a steel plate on the bottom, the size can vary from 20” X 14” to a larger size 30” X 18” the gas engine sets on a platform in the center of the tamper with a metal handle attached to the base, the tamper can weigh 150lb. to 300 or 500 lb. depending on the project requirements.

A plate tamper has a reciprocating vibrating action made by an offset counter weight built within the tamper frame.

A plate tamper moves generally in one forward direction and is turned around when moving in the opposite direction.

A plate tamper designed with a reversible direction can compact forward or reverse and is ideal for larger construction fills or trench backfill.

The plate tamper that is designed for smaller jobs like backfilling a utility trench or backfilling a retaining wall or backfill any area that is tight for space and will not require a lot a compaction, a lighter tamper is the right tool.

The hand held plate tamper generally has a handle that is mounted to the tamper main frame with rubber mounted shocks; this absorbs the vibration from the tamper and gives the operator less fatigue when operating the tamper.

The main frame and the plate of the tamper are often mounted with rubber; this also absorbs some of the vibration shock when operating.

Plate tampers are basically used to compact soil, sand and gravel. But they are available for compaction of asphalt and are used by most paving contractors, to work in smaller areas where the larger ride on roller cannot operate.

The hand operated dirt plate tamper is used in areas where large ride on rollers cannot work and are found on most building construction sites.

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