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Plate Compactors for Rent

Experience the unmatched performance and reliability of United Rentals' plate compactors available for rent. Each piece of equipment is meticulously maintained and ready to deliver powerful compaction force for any project, big or small.

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

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

Vibratory Plate Compactor, 2,300 lbs., Impact, Gas Powered

  • Gas-powered unit
  • Vibration-isolated steering handles for operator comfort
  • Designed for easy turning
  • Unit enclosed in tubular steel frames with lift eyes
  • Uses: Ideal for compacting soil to release air pockets during concrete preparation work, trench work and more
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Yellow and silver Wacker-Neuson vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3100

Vibratory Plate Compactor, Gas-powered, Up to 4,500 lbs. Impact

  •  Vibration-isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • Maximum of 4,500 lbs. impact
  • Add this vibratory plate compactor to your cart
Gray Bomag Vibratory Plate Compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3300

Vibratory Plate Compactor, 5600 lbs. Impact

  • Fuel type dependent on model rented
  • Vibration isolated steering handles for operator comfort
  • Designed for easy turning
  • Unit enclosed in tubular steel frames with lift eyes
Yellow Wacker-Neuson reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3400

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 5,400 lbs. Impact, Gas Powered

  •  Vibration isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • 5,400 lbs. impact
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Yellow Wacker-Neuson reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3500

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 6,500 lbs. Impact, Gas Powered

  •  Vibration isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • 6,500 lbs. impact
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Orange Multiquip reversible vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3600

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 7,500 lbs. Impact, Gas Powered

  •  Vibration isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • 7,500 lbs. impact
  • Add this reversible vibratory plate compactor to your cart
Yellow Wacker Neuson vibratory plate compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3700

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 5 Ton Impact, Gas or Diesel Powered

  •  Vibration-isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • Maximum 5-ton impact
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Yellow Wacker Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3810

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 11,000 lbs. Impact, Gas Powered

  •  Vibration isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • 11,000 lbs. impact
  • Add this reversible vibratory plate compactor to your cart
Orange Multiquip Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor
Cat Class Code
150-3820

Reversible Vibratory Plate Compactor, 13,000 lbs. Impact, Diesel Power

  •  Vibration isolated steering handles for comfort
  • Steel frames with lift handles and/or lift eyes for easy transport
  • Units equipped with built-in water tanks are available for asphalt work
  • 13,000 lbs. impact
  • Uses: Ideal for compacting granular materials like gravel and asphalt in road construction and repair
Resources

FAQs About Plate Compactors

Vibratory plate compactors are designed for use on granular soil in trenches, parking lots and driveways. They have the power and durability for large, flat work areas such as repairing streets, backfilling trenches and preparing sites for asphalt or concrete. Plate compactors complete jobs fast and are ergonomic for increased productivity and operator comfort. United Rentals has a fleet of vibratory compactors with various weights and impact forces for your jobsite needs.

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

FAQs
What size plate compactor do I need?

Before choosing a compactor, you must know what soil type you will be compacting. Plate compactors work best on granular soils such as gravel, sand or light asphalt. If you are working with soil with clay or silt content, a compactor with higher-impact force will be more productive because those materials are not easily compacted with vibration. Even if you use a compactor with high-impact force for your site, you can experiment with lift thickness to ensure good compaction without cracking. Learn more in our article How to Choose a Plate Compactor.

What kind of soil can I use my plate compactor for?

Vibratory plate compactors are ideal for granular soils such as gravel, sand, stone, dust and 2A aggregates (sandy gravel). Their vibrations move the particles of soil together for higher-density compaction. They can also compact soil with some clay content or asphalt, perfect for finishing the top layer of backfilled trenches. However, a roller or jumping jack rammer compactor would be a better fit for deep compacting if you are working with a high-clay or high-silt content material.

What compacts better, a jumping jack rammer or plate compactor?

Jumping jack rammer compactors are narrower, and they have increased impact force. They are ideal for high-clay or high-silt (cohesive) soils and high-moisture soil. The rammer compactor is best if you need to compact the material in a narrow trench or around utility pipes. The plate compactor is the right choice if you need to compact a large, flat area with granular soil. Instead of relying on impact force, the plate compactor vibrates, moving the soil particles closer together, resulting in high-density compaction. However, the jumping jack and plate compactor work well together: Use the plate compactor to prep the area, the jumping jack to compact the cohesive soil and the plate compactor to finish. You can learn more about the different types of compacting solutions in our article, Choosing the Right Roller or Compactor for Your Project.