Compaction attachments are attached to an excavator and used to compact soil. Each attachment has a different purpose and is suited for specific circumstances. There are five different compaction attachments to consider for your projects, including:
- Sheep’s Foot Attachment: This is the ideal choice for deep trenches when using an excavator on site for other purposes. It is often used by construction crews who are working on new construction or pipeline repairs. This is similar to a smooth drum roller, but it has knots and bumps. Some models also vibrate for increased compaction.
- Vibrating Plate Attachment: This attachment is a vibrating plate that delivers a high frequency vibration. This is a plate compactor version of an excavator attachment, so it is best for granular soil compaction.
- Skid Steer Roller Attachment: This is an attachment for a skid steer roller. They are available in smooth drum (ATS) or padded drum (ATP) models. These vibrating frames are isolated from the frame to minimize vibration transmission to the excavator. These offer a cost-effective and low maintenance alternative to self-contained rollers.
- Stick Mounted Static & Vibratory Compaction Wheels: These are best suited to trenching operations because they remove the compaction bottle neck to make the work go faster. This is also a good option for slope compaction and irrigation canals.
- Mini Vibratory Wheel Attachment: Mini vibratory wheel attachments are designed to work with mini excavators that have an operating weight that falls between 7,000 and 14,000 pounds, or 3.5 to 7 tons. These work well with soil, sand, gravel, mixed soils, and clays. Using something like this can eliminate the need to use manually operated rammers with many applications.