Wacker Plate Spares

In the UK, the name Wacker plate is used commonly to refer to plate compactors. The word originates from Wacker Neuson, a German company which manufactures construction compactors, amongst other equipment.

A Wacker plate or plate compactor, is used to reduce the size of material mass through compaction. The most common types of compactors are plate compactors, jumping jacks and rollers for larger, heavy duty jobs.

Wacker plates may vary depending on their size and function, however the basic design consists of a heavy steel plate, mounted onto the base of the machine. The walk behind unit is similar to a push style lawn mower in appearance, whereas the jumping jack (tamper compactor) is designed to lower and lift the plate exerting extreme force, with the operator holding the handles. Whatever model of Wacker plate is used, the larger the plate, the more force it can apply – it is also worth noting that larger plates are much heavier, making it more difficult to manoeuvre and operate.

wacker plate in use

What Are Wacker Plates Used For?

Plate compactors are used for smoothing and compressing gravel, soil, sand and tarmac, they are an essential piece of equipment in paving projects such as drive ways. Their smaller size allows use in tighter spaces where the larger roller won’t fit, making them a popular choice not only on the construction site, but also for home improvement projects. The Wacker plate operates by compacting and reducing the size of mass – pushing out any air pockets and packing materials together more tightly, this utilises the space in a more efficient way.

Choosing Your Wacker Plate

The type of Wacker plate chosen, should be based on its intended use –  the size of the compactor, shape of the plate and the material its plate is made from, plus any other additional features, such as anti-vibration handles, should all be carefully considered. A curved plate, for example is easier to turn, a plate made from cast iron is stiffer than a steel one, allowing more efficient compaction. It is also worth checking the warranty through thoroughly, to see what cover will be provided.

Maintenance Tips

Routine maintenance will prolong the life of your Wacker plate, making sure it will not only operate effectively but for much longer.

  • Always follow all the manufacturers recommendations regarding fuel, oil, water, storage instructions etc.
  • Check all the hardware daily to make sure there are no loose nuts or bolts
  • Clean the plates after use, to ensure no debris dries and hardens onto the plates, causing lasting damage
  • Check fuel and oil levels, as well as fuel lines and fittings for any cracks or leaks
  • Make sure the water tank is free from any debris
  • Clean filters

Wacker Plate Spares and Parts

Wear and tear on compacting equipment is high, due to the heavy demands –  the machine is constantly in contact with gravel, dust and strong vibrations. Maintenance is vital to keeping your equipment in good working order for as long as possible, however, inevitably after prolonged periods of intense use, some parts will require replacement.

Common replacement parts

  • The drive belt
  • Spark plugs
  • Recoil starter
  • Fuel and oil lines
  • Centre clutch plate
  • Carburettor
  • Fuel filter
  • Exhaust muffler silencer
  • Air filter
  • Piston and rings
  • Crankshaft

Replacement parts should ideally be the same make of manufacturer as the original Wacker plate, contact your nearest approved parts dealer for more information.

Contact AT Wilde for Wacker plate spares.

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