Compaction is an essential step in many construction jobs. It removes the air pockets within the soil through force, which offers benefits such as:
To get the exact compaction your work requires, you must choose the right equipment. Here are our tips for how to decide which machinery options to use.
There are a few tips for choosing the right compaction rental, including:
There are two types of compactable soil — granular and cohesive. The particles in granular soil vary in size from fine sand to medium gravel. Cohesive soil particles are very small silts and clays that are bound together.
Knowing the soil type at your job site will determine the way you compact it, as the two soil types vary on what kind of compacting works best for them. Granular soil needs vibratory compaction and cohesive soils require impact force.
Compaction equipment needs may vary between job sites. The primary limit is the physical space — is there sufficient room to operate the machine? If the site is spacious, you may need a larger unit so you can accomplish more in fewer passes. You should also consider the terrain — if it is steep, your machinery needs to be able to operate properly at an angle.
The types of compaction equipment differ in how they pack the soil. The three main types are:
The type you need will depend on the soil type and your desired depth and density requirements.
The Cat® Rental Store has many kinds of compaction equipment available for rent, including:
Do you need to rent compaction equipment for your construction work? The Cat Rental Store has just the machinery you need — browse our equipment online. Schedule a rental quote or learn more about our products by calling 1-800-RENT-CAT.