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Compactor Plate

Compactor Plate

  • Plate Compacter for compacting soil, gravel, and other loose materials in construction and landscaping projects.
  • Suitable for creating a firm and stable base for pathways, driveways, and foundations.
  • Ideal for DIY projects, small construction sites, and garden landscaping.
  • Not To Use On Tar, or directly on paving (use brick roller attachment for this)
Starting Procedure - 4 stroke Petrol Engine

Starting a The 4 Stroke petrol engine requires careful attention to avoid damage to the pull start. Follow these concise instructions to safely start the engine:

1. **Check Fuel and Oil:** Ensure there is enough petrol in the fuel tank and that the engine has sufficient oil. Check Oil Every 2 Hours. Don’t Use When Oil Level Is Low.
2. **Ignition Switch:** Locate the ignition switch and set it to the "ON" position.
3. **Petrol tap:** Locate the Petrol tap and open it. There are 2 levers on the carburetor the bottom lever is the Petrol tap. Push it to the right, towards the engine. Leave it in this “OPEN” position while the engine is running. Some machines have the petrol tap located under the Fuel tank, open it.
4. **Choke Lever:** Find the choke lever near the carburetor. If the engine is cold, move the choke lever to the left (away from the engine). If the engine is warm, leave it in the "OPEN" position to the right (towards the engine)
5. **Throttle Lever:** The throttle speed is set on most of our machines and does not need adjusting.
6. **Pull Through the Compression Stroke:** This step is crucial to avoid damaging the pull start. With your hand on the starter rope, pull it slowly until you feel resistance or a slight 'bump.' This indicates you are at the beginning of the compression stroke. Then, release the pull rope and allow it to rewind gently back.
7. **Start the Engine:** After pulling through the compression stroke, pull the starter rope firmly and quickly in one smooth motion. Avoid yanking or pulling too forcefully, as it can lead to pull start damage. The engine should start up.
8. **Adjust Choke:** Once the engine starts you need to adjust the choke lever by moving it to the “RIGHT” (towards the engine). Both choke and Petrol levers should be in the “RIGHT” position while the engine is running.
9. **Warm-up Period:** Allow the engine to warm up for a few moments before using it under a load.
10. **Shut Down:** To turn off the engine, set the ignition switch to the "OFF" position.
11. **Close the Petrol Tap.** It is critical to close the petrol tap after use. You must set the bottom lever on the carburetor to the “LEFT” position (away from the engine).
Some machines have the petrol tap located under the Fuel tank, Be sure to close this tap.
- If we deliver you must phone for collection please - we do not automatically collect.
- Machines are not insured, if not returned you will need to pay for the full replacement.
- Make sure you know how to use the tools. Ask if you need help, our friendly staff will assist. Also, make sure of safety requirements.
- Hires are charged for time out – not time used. Minimum 1 day (1 day = 24 hrs)
- Scaffold is charged weekly, all other tools daily.
- Tools must be returned Clean please. e.g., if you paint onto a ladder, we charge for cleaning.
- Negligent damages get charged separately.
- Consumables not used, may be returned for refund.
- Only use heavy-duty extension leads, not thin household leads.
- If you pay by cash we can refund in cash, if you pay by card we refund onto the card. (we can't refund onto debit cards) - Card refunds can take up to 10 days.
- Weekend hire starts after 2 pm Friday until 9 am Monday = 1day charge. ( Sundays are free) If you are late on Monday it is for 2 days.
- If you keep machines for a long time we can give you a better rate, discuss with your hire controller in store.
Not to use on tar. Or directly on paving (use brick roller for this) used for preparing sand areas for paving or throwing a concrete slab.
- Avoid operating the machine on steep slopes or unstable ground.
- Keep bystanders, especially children and pets, at a safe distance during operation.
- Do not overfill the fuel tank, and always refuel in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not touch the hot engine or muffler during or immediately after use.
- If the plate compactor hits an obstacle or starts to vibrate abnormally, turn off the engine and inspect for any damage before resuming use.
- Remember to close the fuel Tap.

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