Vibratory rollers are a type of earthmoving machinery regularly used in the construction of roads and can be used in a wide variety of applications. These rollers are the perfect machines for the construction site, yet we rarely ever hear about them. If you’re unfamiliar with vibratory rollers, we’re here to tell you everything that you need to know about them:

 

What are they?

Vibratory rollers are earthmoving machines that are fitted with a smooth drum-like feature that is suitable for compacting a range of granular materials including sand. These rollers are much more effective than other rollers at compacting soil at a deeper level due to the vibrations and pressure sent through the drum, having an effect between 0.3 to 0.8 metres deep. These rollers do however move very slowly, reaching a maximum of 6 kilometres per hour.

 

How do they work?

The drum features on these rollers perform compacting through vibrations. This vibration occurs due to weights that are attached to the motor’s shaft within the drum. These rollers each have two drums that are able to cover a large surface area, quickly and efficiently compacting the ground by arranging the particles with pressure and vibrations. One great thing about these machines is that, when they are in reverse the vibrations from the drum are turned off to avoid the risk of disturbing the area that has just been compacted.

 

Maintenance tips

Vibratory rollers are low maintenance machines, but it is important to note that they still need check-ups and maintenance at regular intervals. It is important to check vibratory rollers every day, taking note of any wear and tear, engine oil levels, coolant levels, hydraulic filters and more. These regular checks will ensure your vibratory roller operates appropriately each day.