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How to Use a Yard Compactor

A yard compactor packs down gravel and soil. It has a heavy steel plate on the bottom that causes the vibration that packs down the dirt or gravel. These instructions show how to use the tool.

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yard compactor packs down gravel and soil
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Check the Machine, and Adjust the Choke

Check the oil level before using the machine.

Put the fuel lever in the "on" position and adjust the choke. Flip the power switch to the "on" position.

Step 2: Set the Throttle, and Start Compacting

Set the throttle halfway between tortoise and hare to start, then pull the cord to start the machine.

Set the throttle all the way to hare and push the machine to start compacting.

Water-powered compactors can also be rented. Remove the plug and fill the tank with water. The weight of the water compacts soil. A bracket on the end of the compactor fits on riding lawn mowers so it can be pulled around the yard. A scraper bar knocks off clumps of dirt that become attached to the compactor.

remove plug and fill tank with water

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