The Ultimate Guide to LUMAG COMPACTOR PLATES: How to Choose the Right One for Your Project

Compactor Plates

Firstly, what is a plate compactor?

A plate compactor serves as a widely utilized construction tool adopted by both DIY enthusiasts and industry experts for consolidating materials and soil, ensuring a sturdy foundation. Functioning through sizable steel plates, typically forged, these machines induce rapid vibrations. These vibrations compel particles within the material or soil to shift closer together, effectively eliminating air gaps and moisture. Plate compactors find extensive use across various soil compositions commonly encountered in the UK, as well as with materials like type 1 or 2 MOT/hardcore, gravel, sand, and asphalt.

So how to choose the right one for you and your project?

Choosing the right compactor plate (also known as a plate compactor or Wacker plate) depends on several factors, including the type of work you’ll be doing, the surface you’ll be compacting, and your budget. Lumag offers a range of compactor plates suitable for different applications. Here are some considerations to help you select the right one.

Plate size

Our compactor plates come in a range of sizes to suit different applications and job requirements. These plates vary in width, typically measured in inches or centimeters. The size of the plate determines the coverage area and the amount of compaction force exerted. We offer compactor with plate sizes ranging from smaller, more maneuverable options to larger plates designed for heavy-duty applications. Smaller plate sizes are suitable for compacting smaller areas or for work in tight spaces where maneuverability is essential. On the other hand, larger plate sizes are capable of covering more ground with each pass, making them more efficient for larger projects. You will need to consider the size of the area you’ll be compacting and the level of compaction force required when choosing the appropriate plate size for your needs.

Engine Size

Our compactor plates are equipped with engines of various sizes to provide the power needed for efficient compaction. The engine size refers to the displacement of the engine, typically measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or horsepower (HP). A larger engine size generally indicates more power and capability to handle tougher materials and larger areas. Smaller engines are suitable for lighter-duty tasks and compacting smaller areas, while larger engines are better suited for heavy-duty work and larger projects. When selecting a Lumag compactor plate, it’s essential to consider the type of materials you’ll be compacting, the size of the area, and the frequency of use. You’ll need to make sure the compactor plate engine size ensures that you have enough power to achieve the desired compaction results efficiently.

Plate Weight

The weight of a compactor plate is a crucial factor in determining its effectiveness in compacting different types of materials and surfaces. Generally, a heavier compactor plate applies more compaction force to the ground, resulting in better compaction of the soil, aggregates, or asphalt. Lighter compactor plates are more maneuverable and easier to transport, making them suitable for smaller projects or areas with limited access. On the other hand, heavier compactor plates provide greater compaction force, making them ideal for larger projects or compacting thicker layers of materials.

The weight of our compactor plates can range from relatively light models designed for residential use to heavier-duty models intended for professional construction and landscaping applications. When selecting one of our compactor plates, it’s essential to consider factors such as the type of material being compacted, the size of the area, and the required compaction force.

Vibration Frequency

The vibration frequency of a compactor plate refers to the rate at which the plate vibrates during operation. This vibration is a key factor in achieving effective compaction of various materials, including soil, aggregates, and asphalt. Higher vibration frequencies generally result in more efficient compaction by causing the particles within the material to settle closer together, reducing air voids and increasing density. Lumag compactor plates are designed to vibrate at frequencies optimized for the specific tasks they are intended for, ensuring optimal compaction results.


The speed of a compactor plate refers to the rate at which it moves forward during operation. This forward speed determines how quickly the compactor plate can cover a given area and exert compaction force on the material being compacted. Lumag compactor plates may offer variable forward speeds, allowing operators to adjust the pace according to the requirements of the job. Some of our compactor plates have both forward and reverse speeds to facilitate efficient and precise operation during compaction tasks. The reverse speed dictates the rate of backward movement, allowing for enhanced maneuverability and adjustments in tight spaces or during intricate compaction processes. This flexibility enables precise control over the compaction process, ensuring optimal results across various materials and surface conditions. Additionally, variable speed settings can enhance efficiency and productivity, especially when working on projects with different compaction needs or in varying terrain.

Type of Surface

Our compactor plates are designed to effectively compact a variety of surfaces commonly encountered in construction, landscaping, and roadwork projects. These surfaces include soil, aggregates such as type 1 or 2 MOT/hardcore, gravel, sand, and asphalt. Whether preparing a foundation, laying paving stones, or compacting road surfaces, Lumag compactor plates are versatile tools capable of providing the necessary compaction force to achieve optimal results. With their ability to tackle different surface types, Lumag compactor plates offer versatility and efficiency, making them essential equipment for a wide range of applications in the construction and landscaping industries.

Frequency of Use

The frequency of use of can vary depending on the specific needs and scale of construction or landscaping projects. In our range you will find compactor plates that are suitable for both occasional DIY tasks and heavy-duty professional applications. All of our compactor plates offer durability, reliability, and consistent performance. Additionally, for occasional users or homeowners undertaking smaller projects, Lumag provides compactors that are easy to operate and maintain, ensuring reliable performance whenever needed. Whether used daily on large-scale construction projects or intermittently for smaller landscaping tasks, Lumag compactor plates are built to meet the demands of diverse users and usage frequencies.


When considering the budget for a Lumag compactor plate, various factors come into play, including the specific model, features, and intended application. We offer a range of compactor plates tailored to different budget constraints, ensuring there are options available for both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts. While higher-end models may come with advanced features and greater durability suited for intensive use, more budget-friendly options still provide reliable performance for occasional or smaller-scale projects.

Other Features to Consider:

Other Features to Consider

Water Tank – some of our plate compactors feature a built-in water reservoir and spraying mechanism, aiding in dust suppression and maintaining material moisture levels during compaction, particularly beneficial for asphalt or similar materials requiring moisture control.

All of our compactor plates come with a free rubber mat and transport wheels. Incorporating mobility wheels can enhance the maneuverability of your plate compactor, particularly advantageous for larger-scale projects, facilitating effortless movement around the work area and saving valuable time and energy. Using a rubber mat on a compactor plate can contribute to more efficient and effective compaction while minimizing the risk of damage to both the equipment and the surfaces being worked on.

Check out our range of compactor plates here: Compactor Plates • Lumag Distribution (

Should you need further assistance on helping decide which compactor plate is for your please call our office on 01837 811749 and one of our Sales Team will happily assist you.