Which vibratory plate for which purpose?

Which vibratory plate for which purpose?

Soils differ, and so do the requirements in soil compaction. The question is: which vibratory plate do I use for which purpose? Should it be remote-controlled? Equipped with forward travel or also reversing functions? To be well-equipped for the next application, here you’ll find an overview of the wide range of models by Wacker Neuson: from small to large vibratory plates.

No matter whether it’s road or path construction or landscaping – compacting soil properly makes a reliable foundation for whatever is to be created on it. The choice of vibratory plate should be well thought-out to ensure this base is appropriately durable and sturdy. Here, it’s not just the size of the area to be compacted that is crucial, but also the desired operating comfort and type of soil. Generally, the following applies: the smaller vibratory plates up to 200 kilograms are applied mainly in lighter compaction work; the heavier ones over 200 kg are particularly suitable for compacting large areas. Compaction performance is specified in kilonewtons (kN).


Table of contents:

All vibratory plates at a glance

Forward-traveling vibratory plates: for light soil compaction

Electric vibratory plates: work emission-free

Reversible vibratory plates: back and forth flexibly

Remote-controlled vibratory plates: relaxed and safe compacting

Concentrated power with coupling set: extreme operating width when compacting

Conclusion: which vibratory plate for which purpose?


All vibratory plates at a glance:

which vibratory plate for which purpose? Here, you’ll find an overview of the characteristics of the different models:

Forward-traveling vibratory plate Electric vibratory plate Reversible vibratory plate Remote-controlled vibratory plate Coupling set
gasoline powered vibratory plate battery powered vibratory plate reversible vibratory plate DPU6555 remote controlled vibratory plate coupled vibratory plates DPU110
    • Maneuverable
    • Easy to control
    • Easy handling
    • Ideal for smaller areas/gardening and landscaping application
    • Starts with the push of a button
    • Low maintenance and energy costs
    • Emission-free work
    • Ideal for application in trenches and sensitive environments
    • Flexible working with forward and reverse travel directions
    • Can be applied on a wide variety of subbases and area sizes
    • Operator is protected from dust, noise and hand-arm vibrations
    • Ideal for longer applications/larger areas
    • Easy coupling of three DPU110
    • extreme operating width of 3 meters
    • more than 4,300 m² per hour
    • ideal for crushed stone compaction in railway construction




Forward-traveling vibratory plates: for light soil compaction

The forward-traveling vibratory plate is small and maneuverable. Thus, it is perfect for use in compacting smaller areas. Fresh asphalt, paving stones and mixed soil are its preferred areas of application. Some models by Wacker Neuson are equipped with a water tank and sprinkling set for asphalt compaction. The maneuverability of the forward-traveling vibratory plates makes them easy to control and maneuver. In addition, they are easy to operate and leave no prints in the asphalt.

single direction vibratory plate

For more flexibility in application – forward-traveling vibratory plates

Electric vibratory plates: work emission-free

In the product range of the single direction vibratory plates, besides gasoline and diesel-powered vibratory plates, there are also models from the zero emission series with battery operated electric motors. These make emission-free work possible and are particularly low-maintenance. Their battery-powered and thus cable-free application make them flexible in use and are in no way inferior to conventional vibratory plates. To the question “Which vibratory plate for which purpose?”, the answer here is: battery-powered vibratory plates are ideal for soil compaction in sensitive environments or in trenches.

battery powered vibratory plate

Battery-powered vibratory plate for emission-free compacting.

Reversible vibratory plates: back and forth flexibly

These vibratory plates can go forward and in reverse and also have on the spot compaction. Changing the travel direction is infinitely variable without having to change the rpm of the motor. Reversible vibratory plates are – depending on weight – suitable for smaller, but also for major construction applications. The bandwidth of the model range extends from a 90-kilogram light vibratory plate to the strongest vibratory plate in the world, the model DPU130r, with a centrifugal force of 130 kilonewtons. With the various application weights, every subbase – whether it’s asphalt, soil or paving stones – can be adequately compacted. Heavy-duty vibratory plates can also be used as trench compactors.

reversible vibratory plate

Reversible vibratory plate with control handle for variable forward and reverse speed.

Remote-controlled vibratory plates: relaxed and safe compacting

Vibratory plates are particularly operator-friendly, as they can be controlled remotely during soil compaction. The operator is thus protected against hand-arm vibrations, noise and dust, and can work while fully relaxed. A built-in safety feature ensures maximum safety on the construction site. If a clear line of sight between the operator and vibratory plate is interrupted, the machine stays still. Only when the connection has been reestablished can work continue.

remote-controlled vibratory plate

Control at a distance: The DPU130 makes comfortable working possible.

Concentrated power in the coupling set: extreme operating width when compacting

If you want to count on concentrated power when compacting, couple together three vibratory plates of the Wacker Neuson DPU110 model. The coupling set created this way attains an extreme operating width of three meters when compacting soil and can compact more than 4,300 square meters per hour. Especially in railway construction, this triple combination is often used for crushed stone compaction. It is light enough so that it doesn’t sink into the track bed, completing compaction in a few passes. In a few simple steps, the vibratory plates can be uncoupled again accordingly for individual use.

coupled vibratory plates

For concentrated power in compaction: three coupled vibratory plates.

Conclusion: which vibratory plate for which purpose?

Before soil compaction, the purpose, the composition of the soil and the compaction performance required should be determined. Those with less experience should seek out advice or watch our instructional video:

Instructional video for vibratory plates DPU80(r), DPU90 and DPU110(r):

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