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Plate Compactor FAQs


Do you carry spare parts for compactors?

Yes, we do. We carry vibrator units, spare engines and a variety of other compactor spare parts.


How frequently do I need to change the oil in my compactor?

For the most part, compactors with air-cooled engines need fresh oil after about 100 hours of use. While you are at it, be sure to clean out your air filter with compressed air as well.


What type of engine oil do I need?

For most small petrol engines, you should use SAE 30. You can also use 10/30 or 10/40 safely. If you have a diesel engine, you should choose 15/40.


Is there anything that I need to do before starting up my compactor for the first time?

There are several steps that you'll need to take if this is your first time using your compactor:

  1. Make sure that your compactor has oil in it. When you first buy a compactor, it has likely been drained of all fluids for safety during transport. Place your compactor on a flat surface and fill with oil until the oil level comes up to the bottom of the lower thread.
  2. Fill your compactor up with fuel. For diesel compactors, use diesel fuel. For petrol compactors, be sure to use regular unleaded fuel.
  3. Inspect your compactor to ensure that all fittings are secure.
  4. Turn on the fuel tap.
  5. For petrol compactors, flip the engine switch to the "On" position.
  6. With diesel compactors, make sure that the decompression lever is pushed down to start with.
  7. Depending on the type of compactor you have, start it by either turning the key or pulling the pull start mechanism.


What can I do to properly care for my compactor going forward?

Whenever you are conducting regular maintenance checks on your compactor, be sure to do the following things to extend the life of your compactor:

  • Always cover your compactor securely if you need to store it outside.
  • Give your compactor a thorough cleaning after each use.
  • When putting your compactor into short-term storage, close the fuel tap and drain any remaining fuel from the carb. This will prevent any mucus from building up and will keep the nozzles clog-free.
  • Tighten all of the nuts and bolts, and check all of the components to ensure that nothing is loose.
  • Monitor your oil levels and remember to change the oil after every 100 hours of use.
  • Check your fuel filters, and replace them regularly.
  • Check the belt for excessive wear and slop. If you have any doubts as to your belt's condition, it most likely needs to be replaced.


What should I do if my compactor won't start?

  1. Check your oil levels. Most compactors have a low-oil sensor that will shut down the engine if your oil level is too low. You will not be able to start your compactor again until you bring your oil back to a normal level.
  2. Check your fuel delivery system. Make sure that your spark plug is not wet after cranking. If you do notice that it is wet, then fuel is reaching the cylinder.
  3. Check for sparks. If you do not see any sparks when you try to start the engine, then your spark plug, coils or oil level sensor may be faulty and need to be repaired or replaced.


What should I do if my compactor is vibrating abnormally or not running properly?

Your plate compactor's engine should always be running at about 3,000 RPM at full throttle. If yours is running at any other level, it can create resonance that could permanently damage your compactor. Check your throttle mechanism and verify that your belt is clean, intact and not slipping.

Posted by:Able Sales on February 07, 2017, (12:00 AM)




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