Canadian Rental Service

Compaction showcase

By Canadian Rental Magazine   


Welcome to our review of some of the compaction equipment currently available to meet the needs of rental operators.

Welcome to our review of some of the compaction equipment currently available to meet the needs of rental operators. We’ve tried to present a varied selection of equipment for you to review, with representation from walk-behinds, ride-ons and other categories.

Inclusion in this section does not constitute an endorsement of any kind by Canadian Rental Service magazine or its staff. Please take care and exercise due diligence before making any purchases.

Allied Construction Products


Allied Construction Products has announced the introduction of the model 300B, 500B and 1000B new generation Ho-Pacs. According to the company, the new models now deliver more impact energy, longer base plates, a four-function valve, three to four motor options and all-new maintenance-free sealed bearings.


The key feature is that the new generation Ho-Pacs use sealed-for-life-bearings. The eccentric housing will protect the bearings from excessive dust and debris. Under normal operating conditions, no maintenance is required for the bearings.

During operation, the Model 300B, 500B and 1000B Ho-Pac bearings are continuously lubricated from an oil bath within the eccentric housing. The sealed eccentric housing contains and protects the oil from environmental debris.

Allied Construction Products says that the 300B, 500B and 1000B are small, but pack plenty of power and perform a variety of jobs efficiently. They are esigned for use on mini-excavators (excluding 1000B), rubber-tired backhoes and trenchers with backhoe attachment.

CM Equip


The VP66 from CM Equipment is a vibratory plate that features a foldable handle for easier transport and storage. A removable wheel adds to the unit’s transportability. The VP66 is grease lubricated, so no oil changes are needed, thereby reducing maintenance expenses. A sealed belt cover helps to prevent sand and dust from entering.

The VP66  utilizes a 6.0 HP Robin engine, and weighs in at 64 kg. The base plate is 14” by 20”, and it offers 5600 VPM vibratory frequency. Travel speed is roughly 25 metres per minute, and the compaction depth is eight inches.

RW Series
Ammann Canada


According to Ammann, the RW series gives rental operators the opportunity to offer their customers a complete selection of ride-on machines from 4,000 to 10,000 lbs. for their soil compaction needs. Large cabs, positioned on vibration free bearings, reduce stress on the operator. Automotive styled steering and one hand operation of vibration and blade functions simplify on-the-job handling.

For maximum versatility, where equipped with an optional dozer blade, the roller can be used for backfilling and compaction work thereby minimizing the number of pieces of equipment required on the site. For increased utilization, the RW models can be ordered in either smooth drum or padfoot configuration and an optional shell kit can be ordered for either machine to simplify the conversion from one to another.

The RW Series feature compact design and a low centre of gravity.



A four ton vibratory compactor from Compac, the T40D Smooth Drum and the T40PD Padded Drum use a 37” diameter, 54” wide compaction roll to provide 18,000 lbs. of applied force.

Powered by a quiet, water-cooled 59-hp Diesel Engine, the T40D/T40PD is 57.5” wide by 136” long.

According to the company, it’s simple and comfortable to operate, with exceptional traction and gradeability. Features include an all-weather marine ignition switch, heavy-duty steering hitch, and a number of vandal and theft deterrent measures, such as shatterproof instrument faces and a lockable engine cover. Standard equipment includes a volt metre, tachometre, seat belt, horn, fuel and other gauges, emergency stop switch, failsafe brakes and a brake switch. A number of options are also available, including lights, asphalt package, remote control, strike-off blade, additional gauges and sound attenuation.

Dynapac LG400
Atlas Copco


The Dynapac LG400 is a forward and reversible plate compactor. According to Atlas Copco, the plate is fast and efficient ensuring a high degree of compaction in confined areas of soil and stone materials.

The new LG400 provides stepless control of forward and reverse movement and introduces also the possibility to stand still working on the spot for increased compaction. For increased operator efficiency, the compactor features adjustable handle height and has been designed for easy handling. Hand-Arm-Vibration (HAV) values are below 2.5 m/s2, ensuring low vibration exposure levels for the operator at a given work period. The bottom plate of the LG400 offers a unique shape to provide even higher traction, performance and speed plus easy cleaning. The Dynapac LG400 features new large foldable hoods and easy checkpoints for the v-belt tension. For reduced wear and tear, the bottom plate is made of Hardox 400 steel.

The Dynapac LG400 is available with either 6.4 kW (8.7 hp) electrically started Lombardini diesel, or a 7.7 kW (10.5 hp) Honda petrol engine. An hour metre is fitted as standard on diesel engines and biodegradable hydraulic oil is also optionally available.

RX Series

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Doosan Infracore Portable Power features three models from its light compaction equipment line of RX-Series upright rammers. The RX-Series is built for the compaction of materials ranging from mixed and cohesive soils to heavy clay.

According to the company, these models are designed to provide compaction solutions for a wide array of applications, including backfilling and narrow trench compaction such as utility work, trenching, curbing, drainage work, and foundation and masonry base preparation. 

The models in the RX-Series are the RX-264H, RX-304H, and RX-344H. This line comes standard with Honda recoil-start, four-cycle engines.

Impact force is applied to the compacted material by a durable wooden foot-reinforced with a heavy steel plate for extended life. The average impact per blow varies on the RX-Series, ranging from 2,600 lbs. on the RX-264H to 3,000 lbs. on the RX-304H, and 3,400 lbs. on the RX-344H. The RX-Series operates at 600-750 blows per minute.

A four-point isolation and vibration-reducing grip, standard on the RX-Series, minimizes operator fatigue and prolongs the life of the rammer components.

Arrow Hammer 1350T
LDC Industries


The Arrow Hammer Model 1350T is a pneumatic-tired, mobile hydraulic hammer that operates both on and off paved surfaces. A 80 HP John Deere, Tier 3, turbocharged diesel engine provides power for the Arrow Hammer. The standard Synchromesh transmission allows the machine to be driven at speeds up to 32 km/h. During operation, the unit propels itself through a hydraulically-controlled creeper gear, providing speeds up to 63 fpm.

 The Arrow Hammer Model 1350T breaks, cuts, and scores concrete, rock, and asphalt into sizes suitable for excavation, recovery, or cracking and seating. It also compacts and tamps backfill, with adjustable impact up to 13,000 foot-pounds, or a fraction of that force when it’s necessary to protect what’s underground.

Standard features include electronic stroke control, ROPS, a pivoting mast for maximum impact on uneven surfaces, stoplights and reflectors, and mechanical back-up alarm. Available options include all-weather cab, suspension seat, twist-lock parking brake, chip guard, plus a full range of accessory tools.

Stone Construction Equipment


The Stomper line from Stone Construction Equipment includes three models of four-cycle rammers;  the XH670, XH730 and XH840. Each is powered by a four-cycle Honda engine, and the engine and carburetor have been specifically designed for rammer applications. The engine is easy starting and eliminates use of  two-cycle oil or pre-mixing of fuel. The engine design also allows the Stompers to be laid down in any direction for easy transport.

According to Stone, the four-cycle Stompers’ unique design combines precise spring force, crank throw and weight to produce maximum impact force. The XH670 weighs in at 132 lbs., has an impact force of 2,650 lbs. and has a 10” x 13” poly shoe. The XH730 weighs 140 lbs., has an impact force of 3,100 lbs., has an 11” x 13” poly shoe, and like the XH670 features a 3-hp Honda engine. The XH840 is powered by a 4-hp Honda, weighs 145 lbs., and has an impact force of 3,500 lbs. with an 11” x 13” shoe.



The Mikasa line of compaction equipment from Multiquip features numerous entries, including both plate compactors and reversible plate compactors. They range in size and power from the MVC64, which Multiquip says is perfect for small jobs or narrow areas, to high-performance heavyweights such as the MVH406 and MVH502, providing up to 14,000 lbs. of compaction force.

The unit shown here is the MVH306, one of Multiquip’s reversible plate compactors. The company says that all of its reversible plate units incorporate a unique hydraulic reversing mechanism, eliminating old-fashioned linkage adjustments. Since there are no complicated mechanical driveshafts or cables, service time and expenses can be reduced.

Other features of the MVH306 include a handle that folds up for ease of transportation and storage, a roll cage that protects the engine and serves as a lift bar and optional extension plates  that can be used to increase the working area by six inches. The MVH306 is available with Honda gasoline or Yanmar diesel engines.

GPR Series


The GPR Series from MBW includes the GPR78, GRP99 and the GPR135. According to the company, MBW’s hydraulic shifting reversible plates solve common maintenance problems. MBW exciter systems are vented to allow for discharge of heat generated air pressure before damage to shifting mechanism seals occurs. MBW says that worn shifting seals are readily serviced from the outside of the exciter assembly, eliminating the complicated process of opening and exposing the exciter assembly for service purposes.

All MBW hydraulic reversibles feature forward and reverse travel as well as spot compaction. Power is provided by either Honda gas engines or Hatz diesel engines. The GPR Series includes optional extension plates for variable plate widths, a patented lower maintenance hydraulic shifting mechanism and full roll cage protection.

Belle RPC

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The Belle Heavy-Duty Reversible Plate Compactors (RPC) from Uniquip offer a number of different features that the company says help provide for effective compaction, easy servicing and efficient operation.

Vibration frequency and amplitude are optimized to give the highest compaction on a wide range of materials, and constant high output force is maintained during on-spot compaction.

The machine opens up completely for easy access to service points, the side panels are simple to remove, allowing easy access for routine maintenance and the design incorporates high specification durable components. The lock-up handle can be raised into the vertical position for storage, and central lifting point offers easier, safer loading.

The RPC 45/60 is also available. A larger machine powered by a 9-hp Honda engine, it comes standard with six-inch extension plates.

BS 60-4s
Wacker Neuson

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Wacker Neuson’s BS 60-4s, four-cycle rammer features a new engine that offers more power and improved compaction performance over previous models. The exclusive Wacker Neuson WM 100 engine is specifically engineered to withstand rugged rammer applications.

Wacker Neuson says the BS 60-4s is easier to start as the result of a purge bulb carburetor. The purge bulb allows the operator to purge air out of the carburetor and replace it with fuel. Because the fuel is being pulled through rather than forced into the carburetor, there is no danger of over priming, and the process allows for easier, faster starting with less effort.

The company says that overall operation is easier on the BS 60-4s as well. The integral ignition and fuel shut off are in the throttle, allowing the operator to turn the engine off and stop fuel flow by pushing the throttle to the stop position. This system reduces complexity for the operator.

Wacker Neuson’s four-cycle rammer continues to feature the patented low oil shutoff that provides unique technology to protect the engine. When starting the unit, if an electronic capacity sensor detects no oil or low oil the engine will shut off within 10 seconds. Wacker Neuson rammers are designed for the compaction of cohesive, mixed and granular soils in confined areas.

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