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What Should I Consider When Looking for a Quality Landfill Compactor?

Landfill compactors are the most important piece of equipment in landfills. The right compactor with the correct configuration will be able to easily and efficiently compact waste materials and maximize your air space, but not every compactor comes with the same features or level of performance and compatibility.

As you search for the ideal landfill compactor for your application, it’s important to know what factors to consider as you do your research. The following are some of the specific elements to look for in a landfill compactor today.

Dependable Designs

The overall design of the landfill compactor must be reliable to provide you with the right solution. Different elements will combine to create the best compactor design, but each model has some differences to consider.

Here are some of the individual design components to consider as you assess each compactor in your search:

  • Drive Systems: Different types of landfill compactors come with varying drive system designs that greatly impact their performance, such as hydrostatic and power shift transmission systems. The main difference between these two is that hydrostatic systems provide fluid power to each planetary resulting in all-time four-wheel drive, providing higher gradability, and maintainability when compared to power shift transmissions.
  • The Cab: The operator cab should also be comfortable and include all necessary features for ease of operation and visibility. Everything from machine controls to ergonomic seating and safety features should factor into the compactor selection.
  • Compaction Volume: You should also consider the size of the compactor needed based on the daily volume of waste that needs to be processed. The weight and horsepower of the compactor are significant factors to consider, but even more importantly, the configuration and geometry of the wheel, the cleat design, cleat quantity, all of which contribute to optimum compaction ratios. 
  • Wheel Cleanability: A compactor must be designed with a system to ensure the wheels remain free of waste material. If the wheels get clogged with material, this will reduce the wheels’ efficiency, reducing the overall compactibility of the machine. 

Overall Ease of Maintenance

Ease of maintenance is important to ensure landfill personnel are able to keep the machine in safe and operating condition. Consider a compactor designed with access points to all service areas and compartments, which can greatly simplify routine maintenance, repairs, and parts replacement. Options such as auto lube systems, fire suppression, and quick drain features for ease and rapid maintenance are also beneficial to keeping your compactor well-maintained and in good operating condition. 

Determine What Kind Of Compactor You Need For Your Operations

Based on the nature of your application, you must take the time to find the best landfill compactors for your specific application. Like any other big investment, you must take care when choosing a compactor for your landfill, as this could help determine the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of your operations. Choosing the right compactor with the right design and wheel configuration will go a long way in helping you achieve optimal compaction ratios and maximum uptime levels.