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Wacker Plates


What is a wacker plate?

A wacker plate is used to compact a variety of material such as sand, gravel or earth.


Why use a wacker plate?

A firm base is required to stop slippage and movement when laying anything on top e.g paving blocks.  


How does a wacker plate work?

A wacker plate is sometimes known as a vibration plate; it works by vibrating the heavy chassis over a plate to force out air and compact the layers below.


What size wacker plate do you need?

The size will vary from job to job. They come in small (plate size 300 x 480mm) and large sizes (plate size 460 x 510mm).The size you need will be based on the area to be compacted and the time restrictions to complete the job.


Different types


Standard wacker plate

A standard vibration plate will have different sized plates, compaction force (measured in kN) and a frequency of vibrations.

Reversible wacker plate

This wacker comes with wheels allowing you to easily maneuver the equipment.

Trench rammer

A trench rammer performs a similar job to standard wacker plates but is narrow allowing it to be placed in trenches and hard to get areas.  


How much does it cost to hire a wacker plate?

As well as the hire cost you’ll need to factor in delivery, insurance, VAT and a security deposit.

Typical Hire Costs

  • Small vibrating wacker plate: £54/week
  • Large vibrating wacker plate: £63/week
  • Reversible wacker plate: £140/week
  • Trench rammer: £63/week


Delivery charges can range from £25-45 each way. However, because of the size of this tool, it might be more cost effective to collect from the depot. Insurance is required by all quality hire companies. Short-term plant hire insurance can be purchased privately or be added to each order, costing 15% of the hire cost. A security deposit of £50 is taken when ordering from Yardlynk and is returned 2-5 working days after collection.


Can you use a wacker plate on grass or soil?

It is not suggested to use on grass. Soil can be compacted, but not recommended with high levels of standing water. If you are unsure, contact a qualified landscaper or builder for advice.


What to consider when hiring

  • The area to be compacted
  • Type of surface
  • Access (large area, e.g., driveway or narrow area such as a trench)
  • Budget
  • Time for completion

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