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smooth drum roller

1. Makes and Models 

Equipment TypeEquipment ClassMakeModelNumber of Available UnitsLink
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessHYST Static Smooth Drum RollerC-330-B 1Spec Sheet C-330-B
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessDRESSERS4-6R 1
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessFERGUSON46A 2Spec Sheet 46A
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessINGERSOLL Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerDD-24 7Spec Sheet DD-24
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessINGERSOLL RANDDD-23 1Spec Sheet DD-23
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessINGERSOLL Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerDD-29 4Spec Sheet DD-29
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessBOMAG Static Smooth Drum RollerBW5AS 2Spec Sheet BW5AS
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessBOMAG Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerBW120AD-4 31Spec Sheet BW120AD-4
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessBOMAGBW120AD-S 7
CompacterROLLER Over 6 TonBOMAGBW141AD-4 1Spec Sheet BW141AD-4
CompacterROLLER Over 6 TonBOMAG Pneumatic RollerBW 11RH 1Spec Sheet BW 11RH
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessBOMAG Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerBW138AD 1Spec Sheet BW 138AD
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessHYPACC-747C 5Spec Sheet C-747C
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessDYNAPAC Double Drum Vibratory RollersCC900G 2Spec Sheet CC900G
CompacterROLLER 6 Ton or LessCATERPILLAR Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerCB24B 2Spec Sheet CB24B
CompacterRoller Over 6 TonCATERPILLAR Vibratory Smooth Drum RollerCB-534D 1Spec Sheet CB-534D
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2. What Are They

Compactors are used to increase the density of the material. Compaction can be achieved using pressure, vibration, kneading, impact, or a combination of these. Different types of rollers are used for compacting the soil. The roller and the technique used to depend on site conditions and soil types.

There exist four types of rollers, and each class can be further subdivided into size classifications. All rollers use static and/or dynamic forces to compact soil. Click on the names to see an example of each type of equipment.

1. Pneumatic Tire Roller

2. Steel Wheel Roller

3.  Smooth-Drum Vibrating Roller

4. Sheep’s Foot Roller


3. Common Uses

Pneumatic Tire Roller

  • These rollers work well in most types of compaction.
  • The tires function as compaction devices.
  • Offset rubber tires provides a kneading action.
  • The amount of ground contact pressure (GCP) is controlled by wheel loading and tire inflation pressure.

Steel Wheel Roller

These rollers have smooth, concentric rollers and are used primarily for pavement course rolling. There are three basic types:

  • Three-wheel with one wide roller and two narrow drive rollers
  • Two-wheel (tandem) with equal rollers
  • Single-wheel with one roller and rubber drive tires

A fog-spray system is used to wet the rollers.

 Smooth-Drum Vibrating Roller

  • These rollers combine static weight with generated cyclic force (vibration).
  • They work best in granular soils and are ineffective in silt and clay.
  • A vibratory compactor must be in motion when the vibrator is on.

Sheep’s Foot Roller

  • Also called a tamping roller or a segmented-pad roller.
  • Steel drums have projecting pads or feet—usually 7 to 9 inches long.
  • Segmented pads compact a little at the surface, a lot more under the feet.
  • Useful for compacting sub-grade layers – particularly silt and clay.
  • Not effective for loose or sandy soils.

4. Types of Jobs

  • Earthwork grading
  • Roadway paving (base and surface)

5. Safety

Safety of the operator:

  • Operators should wear appropriate clothing and follow the necessary safety procedures that apply to all occasions.
  • The operator’s PPE should include standard eye protection, work gloves, proper footwear, hearing protection, and hard hats.
  • Equipment should be mounted carefully, keeping three points of contact at all times, and the steps and cab interior should be kept clean.
  • Extreme caution should be applied around overhead power lines and underground utilities.

Safety of others:

  • Always keep others in sight and away from the equipment.
  • Establish a safe work zone.
  • Never allow riders on the equipment.

Equipment Safety:

  • Perform prestart inspection and lubrication daily.
  • Make sure equipment is performing correctly.
  • Check for obstacles and hazards in the area.
  • Obey rules about parking and operating on inclines.
  • Know the equipment and its limitations.

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