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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.
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.