Vibratory plates need to be ready for a wide range of applications in garden construction and landscaping, as the tasks change on a daily basis. Today, the paved courtyard entrance needs compacting, while tomorrow it might be the drainage ditch and the day after the freshly laid asphalt path.
The Ammann APF 1240 Vibratory Plate is a light compactor suited for small to medium-sized surfaces. The petrol version has a compaction force adequate for a depth of up to 15 cm. The diesel version can even reach depths of up to 18 cm.
This plate is 40 cm wide and therefore compact and very easy to manoeuvre. Making it easier to use in very tight confines – for instance, when garden fences, curbs, house walls or flowerbeds restrict the path of movement. When an obstacle is encountered, the operator can easily compact up to and around the obsatcle before guiding it away. There is no need to try to manhandle the machine in a different direction.
An optionally available vibration reducing handle reduces hand-arm vibrations to 1.9 m/s2 so the vibratory plate is easier to guide with even less effort.
The area to be compacted is not always large. It is often the small areas a few metres apart that operators find particularly annoying. Anyone who has to strenuously drag a machine from left to right has only himself to blame. After all the APF 1240 comes with the option to add permanently installed wheel kit, where the operator can simply lower the two integrated wheels and conveniently push the plate from A to B.
Optional features extend the compact vibratory plate’s scope of use. For instance, fitting a Vulkollan foot improves efficiency when compacting paving stones and slabs. The hard-wearing plastic add-on protects the slabs and prevents the surface from cracking. The APF 1240 has an infinitely adjustable vibration frequency of up to 98 Hz for careful compaction.
An optional sprinkler system that includes a water tank is a very helpful tool when working on asphalt substrates. Keeping the base plate consistently wet prevents the asphalt from sticking. With a capacity of 10 litres, it is adequate for small- to medium-sized road repairs.
The compact vibratory plate has yet another convenient feature for when the work is done: simply fold the grip or take it off and load the APF 1240 into the boot of the car.
This plate, like all of the Ammann APF forward moving compaction plates is a very handy piece of equipment for all manner of areas. We often get told how there are more jobs than first imagined where a plate gets used.