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Sakai Unveils Light Compaction Equipment

Thu April 21, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

For the first time at ConExpo, Sakai displayed an entire line-up of light compaction products including plate compactors, rammers, walk-behind rollers, compact double drum rollers and forward-reverse plates. All models are practical for the busy contractor or rental house looking for a line of reliable and profitable compaction machines, according to the manufacturer.

The plate compactor line includes two high force models with plate sizes of 14 by 20.5 in. (35.6 by 52 cm) and 19.5 by 23 in. (49.5 by 58.4 cm). Centrifugal force outputs range from 2,645 lbs. (11.8 kN) to 3,640 lbs. (16.2 kN) designed to gain compaction fast.

These machines are practical for a wide range of applications, including rapid compaction of dirt around footings, foundations, posts and other obstacles, compaction of backfill in trenches as well as for numerous base compaction and paver setting on hardscaping projects. Both models are available with sprinkler systems for small asphalt paving jobs and patchwork.

Three additional models feature a forward-reverse function designed to move the compactor quickly in either direction while compacting. This feature is especially useful for trench applications, where tight trench walls and trench boxes make turning a forward-only plate compactor around an unsurmountable challenge.

Sakai’s rammers generate high impact forces up to 5,100 lbs. (22.7 kN) to make quick work of challenging compaction chores in tight spots. Well-designed shock isolation systems in these models reduce vibrations transmitted back to the handles, which are adjustable to the operator’s height.

At ConExpo, Sakai also displayed its steerable 1,590 lb. (721 kg) double drum walk-behind roller for compaction chores on numerous earthmoving projects. This machine features high compaction output, tight side frame clearances and increased maneuverability due to a steerable front drum. A built-in spray system makes this a valuable asset for asphalt compaction work on smaller jobs too, according to the manufacturer.

Sakai’s Light line is further enhanced by a series of compact double drum and tandem rollers that make quick work of smaller soil and asphalt jobs where tight quarters and high compaction needs are the orders of the day. A choice of double steel drum vibratories with 4000 vpm operating frequencies (like the company’s larger machines), combination steel vibratory/static pneumatic tire and cost-effective steel vibratory/steel static drum roller suit a wide range of asphalt jobs and mix conditions.

Sakai Light Equipment is now marketed directly through the company’s North American headquarters in Adairsville, Ga.

For more information, call 800/323-0535 or visit to

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