Selecting the right concrete equipment for your particular project can be quite a challenge. The enormous number of manufacturers, types of equipment and varying features can result in uncertainty as to which one to choose. You can look around your local area to find the one that is best, but here is some general information that will get you started.

The Rammer

This tool distributes a high powered force in amplitude, which makes it an exceptional tool for using on cohesive soils. Its frequency range goes up to 750 blows per minute and its force of compaction comes from its four cycle engine; gasoline or diesel, which powers the enormous piston set using its two spring sets. As the equipment jumps, it has a forward angle incline for forward travel. Rammers that use diesel engines are ideal for heavy duty projects.

There are three distinct types of compaction with this equipment that includes:

  • Impact
  • Vibration
  • Kneading

Vibratory Plate Compactors

These have lower amplitude, but a high enough frequency to work on granular soils as well as asphalt. It is driven by either a gasoline or diesel engine at great speed at a forceful compaction rate. The generated compaction force will be high depending on how heavy the plates are. The subsequent vibrations result in a forward motion, which is branded as a One Way Plate Compactor.

Vibratory Rollers

These come in various categories, which also include the walk-behind and the ride-on. However, they are ultimately broken down into other categories that include:

  • Smooth Drum
  • Rubber-tired Models
  • Padded Drum
  • Dual Steel

The smooth drum equipment is ideal for using on soil as well as asphalt. The dual steel drums are fixed on a firm frame and the vibration comes from the eccentric shafts that are located in the drums or on the frame. Padded or trench rollers are used for excavation projects as well as work done in trenches. The Rubber-tire model tends to be static and the force of compaction changes when weight is added or removed.

Concrete Mixers

A concrete mixer is used to mix concrete. This machine goes through several phases; loading, discharge, mixing and unloading. For the best results, choose a concrete mix that has key features and benefits. You want to use something that is reliable and has low maintenance for longer shelf life.

Hydraulic Concrete Breakers

It is better to use the hydraulic concrete breaker than the pneumatic one because of its cost effectiveness. It is also easy to transport and provides superior ergonomics. The power packs are matched with dependable engines and can be used to power up a wide range of tools at the fraction of the cost.

Walk-Behind Power Trowels

To choose a walk-behind power trowel, the area that you want to cover has to be considered. You also need to think about the type of concrete mix you are using, the climate conditions and any obstacles that you may encounter such as a narrow doorway. Here are some suggestions to choosing the right tool:

  • Trowel with a 24-inch diameter: is perfect to finish edges and small doorways
  • Trowel with a 30-inch diameter: is multipurpose and offers the best coverage, yet is sufficiently compacted to fit through any doorway
  • Trowel with a 36-inch diameter: provides enough coverage to use on all kinds of floors

Choosing the right machine or equipment to do concrete work is essential to achieving the best results. You can do your own research to find the one to fit your desired project. You can also get referrals from friends or family members. In the end, you have to make the right choice..


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