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Compactor Round/Trench

Compactor Round/Trench

   Trench Compactor


  • When starting – advance the pull start to compression stroke before pulling to start or you will break the pull start which will cost you and additional R850.00
  • To avoid engine flooding always close petrol tap when switching engine off.
  • Check oil every 2 hours.
When you’re looking to build your own patio, an absolutely necessary piece of equipment is always going to be a plate compactor.  These are handy devices for compacting dirt and soil into a very firm and even surface that’s suitable for building.  They are necessary if you want to establish a patio or small driveway on any surface on your property.  A vibrating plate compactor is something you’ll need to use if you want the job done correctly, and in a way that you can guarantee will last a lifetime.  Otherwise you run the risk of your patio slowly degrading over time, to a point where you’ll have to tear apart the structure to start again. But before you should consider using a plate compactor, you’ll want to prepare the area.  This means measuring out the entire zone that you want your small driveway or patio to encompass.  You’ll want to accurately chart out the area, and it can be helpful to use twine attached to small stakes to map out the zone visually.  Then you’ll need to remove all of the sod from the ground, as you don’t want grass and weeds growing underneath your patio or driveway.  This is an important step, and you won’t be ready to use a plate compactor until you’ve completed this task. After that, you’ll have raw dirt and soil exposed, and then you’re ready to use a plate compactor.  These devices work by using a large metal plate, and then repeatedly banging it into the ground until the area is perfectly hard and flat.  You’ll want to use the plate compactor over the entire surface area that you’ve marked out, until the ground is as hard and flat as you can get it.  This way you can ensure you have the proper foundation for your structure to succeed.  Otherwise there are all sorts of pitfalls that can befall your new patio or driveway, and they can be very costly to correct. An improper foundation means that the structure will slowly sink, or be set up at an incorrect angle. This can lead to structural damage over time, and slowly the concrete or asphalt that you use for the base will begin to crack apart. Once this type of structural damage has started, it’s almost impossible to repair without tearing down what you have and starting over. That can be a huge hassle, but what’s more it can be very costly. So make sure you always use a plate compactor before any job, so you can guarantee you get it right the first time
Always return all tools clean please. Check oil every 2 hours. Use unleaded petrol only. (green fuel) when starting - advance the pull start to compression stroke before pulling to start or you will break the pull start. To avoid engine flooding always close petrol tap when switching engine off. Use ear plugs. Used for preparing sand areas for paving or throwing a concrete slab. Thickness of layers should ideally not be more than 150 mm. The soil should be slightly moist throughout the layer. Keep feet clear from plate while operating. Do not over compact or run the machine on concrete surfaces. Not to use on tar. Don’t use when oil level is low do not operate the equipment with known leaks in the engine's fuel system. Do not alter or adjust any part of the equipment or its engine. Pull start not returned R500. 00. Additional charge will be added to the invoice belt travel not to exceed 20 mm. Check v-belt. Check pull start. Check petrol cap. Check on and off switch. Check eccentric. Check engine speed.
- 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.

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