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Vibratory Plate Compactors for Rent

Compact soil, sand and gravel with United Rentals’ fleet of vibratory plate compactors. Our vibratory plate compactors are often used to prepare granular soil for construction, infrastructure and landscaping projects.

For our full list of vibratory plate compactors, view the items below. For more information about vibratory plate compactors, visit our resource section.

Orange Multiquip Mikasa vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3000

14 in. Vibratory Plate Compactor, 2,000-3,000 lbs.

  • 14" plate width
  • 2,000-3,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Single-direction vibratory plate
  • 158-183 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow and silver Wacker-Neuson vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3100

17-20 in. Vibratory Plate Compactor, 3,000-5,000 lbs.

  • 17-20 in. plate width depending on model
  • 3,000-5,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Single-direction vibratory plate
  • 181-229 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow Wacker-Neuson reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3400

15-16 in. Vibratory Plate Compactor, 5,000-6,000 lbs.

  • 15-16 in. plate width depending on model
  • 5,000-6,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible or single-direction vibratory plate depending on model
  • 268-320 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow Wacker-Neuson reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3500

17-20 in. Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 6,000-7,000 lbs.

  • 17-20 in. plate width depending on model
  • 6,000-7,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible vibratory plate
  • 326-366 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow Wacker-Neuson reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3600

19-28 in. Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 7,000-8,600 lbs.

  • 19-28 in. plate width depending on model
  • 7,000-8,600 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible vibratory plate
  • 452-529 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow Wacker Neuson vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3700

17-24 in. Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 8,600-11,000 lbs.

  • 17-24 in. plate width depending on model
  • 8,600-11,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible vibratory plate
  • 717-955 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Yellow Wacker Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3810

17-24 in. Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 11,000-14,000 lbs.

  • 17-24 in. plate width depending on model
  • 11,000-14,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible vibratory plate
  • 771-1,014 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Orange Multiquip Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3820

21-28 in. Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 14,000-16,000 lbs.

  • 21-28 in. plate width depending on model
  • 14,000-16,000 lb. centrifugal force depending on model
  • Reversible vibratory plate
  • 1,111-1,157 lb. operating weight depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for trench, road construction, backfill and foundation work on granular soil, hot or cold asphalt and paving blocks
Resources

FAQs About Vibratory Plate Compactors

Ensure a strong and stable foundation for your project with our selection of vibratory plate compactors from United Rentals. Commonly used in construction foundation preparation, asphalt repair and landscaping applications, our lineup of plate compactors can efficiently compact soil, sand, gravel and more in spaces where rollers can’t reach. We offer both standard and reversible plates, along with gas and diesel-powered options. Reversible vibratory compactors can move forward and backward, ideal for compacting trenches and backfilling around foundations, while single-direction vibratory compactors only move forward. Our compactors feature a range of centrifugal forces, from 2,300 pounds to 16,000 pounds, allowing you to customize your compaction force to meet your project requirements. Manufacturers include leading brands like Wacker Neuson.

Learn more about vibratory plate compactors in our FAQ section below.

FAQs
How does a vibratory plate compactor work?

A vibratory plate compactor vibrates up and down at high speeds, using centrifugal force to compact granular substances, like sand, gravel and sometimes asphalt. Doing so results in denser materials, creating a stronger base that’s ideal for construction, infrastructure and landscaping projects.

What size plate compactor do I need?

It's important to choose the right size plate compactor based on your project requirements. For smaller projects, like garden walkways or small patios, a plate with a compaction force of around 3,000 pounds is ideal. Alternatively, larger projects, like driveways, road construction and commercial paths, require a heavier compaction force between 5,000 to 7,000 pounds. This higher level of force ensures a stable foundation that can handle heavier loads.

Can I use a plate compactor on pavers?

Yes, a plate compactor can be used on pavers. However, you must make sure to install a protective pad on the compactor to avoid damaging or scuffing the pavers. Once the base is established and the pavers are properly placed, a plate compactor can efficiently compact them to fully settle the pavers. Need more help? Contact one of our equipment experts for more guidance.