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hand vs power compactor

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Does a hand compactor (tamper) do as good/better/worse a job than a power compactor?

I could rent a small loader and a compactor to do a small garage project but then I could do it by hand and get the exercise. Our local building materials suppliers go on vacation leaving noone in the store during the summer months (go figure) so I might as well take advantage of the time and get some honest exercise. But, am I doing as good a job as if I hand a power compactor?

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The plate compactor would do a far better job than hand tamping. It would also be much more evenly compacted and it makes compacting in layers more realistic. If you really need the workout consider pushing the plate compactor from and back to the rental company. Any hills will give you all the workout you'll need for days.

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