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Whacker Or Plate Compactor

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#1 Barney12


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:04 PM

Hi there, I've got so much general ground works to do that I'm considering buying one.
Has anyone got any experience of the cheaper units sold in the likes of Machine Mart or eBay?
Or should I bright the bullet and go for something like the Belle minipac unit?
I've been holding out for a second hand one locally but nothing has come up.

#2 tonyshouse


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:05 PM

Hire, only a professional would buy one, get plenty ready at once and make best use of it.

#3 ProDave


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:05 PM

I got one from ebay, a little one with a Honda engine. Paid £125 for it and SWMBO collected if from Glasgow on one of her trips down south.

I've already hired it out 3 times and recvovered half the purchase price, shich is why I probably won't sell it when I am finished as it has "income potential"

You will find having your own, it will get used more and you don't have to save jobs up to make it worthwhile for a hire, and no inconvenience of collecting or a time limit to get it back by.

Edited by ProDave, 21 February 2016 - 07:07 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:10 PM

DON'T buy the Evolution electric one if you've lots to do outside is my thought. It's OK and worked fine for my bathroom but it's got only about half the "whack" aka compaction force of the smallest petrol ones.

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 10:16 PM

Buy a used one.
Small and petrol would be my reccomendation. The larger, heavier ones with bigger engines do whack a larger area faster, but are more cumbersome.

Well worth it if doing any amount of whacking.

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 10:21 PM

Buy one you can lift on your own. Impossible with the larger ones.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:18 AM

+1 with prodave. Ours was a cheap one from ebay. So long as the engine is good you should be ok. Ours has a Honda engine and its never had any problems.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:28 PM

Some of those small Honda engines are pretty tough. I have one in a rotary mower that's nearly 20 years old and never been serviced. The deck has rusted through but the motor still starts and runs well.