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Skid Steer Vibratory Roller Attachment

Discussion in 'Compact Equipment Attachments' started by Canuck Digger, May 18, 2020.

  1. Canuck Digger

    Canuck Digger Well-Known Member

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    Been reading some of the threads on different attachments everyone is running. One that I could put to use that doesn't seem to get mentioned is a vibratory roller attachment. I seem to be doing quite a few road base/crusher dust drive ways, trails etc. I usually end up renting a 1K lbs plate or rent/hire a vibratory roller. Does anyone run one? Wondering as to your thoughts on these units. Are they worth it? Some of the brands seem to advertise a pretty decent specs in terms of compaction ability.
     
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    Tags Senior Member

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    I had one years ago, it was a John Deere model, but I believe it was the same as a Bradco/Paladen, the operators manual on it was vague at best, it did do a good job compacting, but the I believe the seals failed, causing bearings to fail,and that ruined the exciter shaft. I took it apart and I took it to a machine shop, they rebuilt the exciter shaft and I put it back together and sent it down the road. I think I probably only put 10 hours on it at most before I had issues. I checked the oil for the bearings every time before I used it, the problem is when the seals fail the oil leaks to the inside of the drum so you have no idea the seals have failed. I really wanted to look into a plate compactor for the skid steer, because I think you can remove it from the wider skid steer plate and use on an excavator as well, but I’m not positive about that. I ended up finding a smaller Wacker RD 11 that works fine for what I do, but it just requires bring two pieces of equipment to one job…
     
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    63 caveman Well-Known Member

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    Have a bobcat roller that broke the motor shaft in less than 50 hours, replaced motor (expensive $1600) and is leaking out of front seal in less than 10 hours. It works good but not happy with problems.
     
  4. KSSS

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    These problems seem common. I have considered them before as well but they don't sound like they hold up. I researched them and I think MBW makes one of the best models https://www.mbw.com/products/compac...eel-attachments/skid-steer-roller-attachments

    Last time I checked they were around 12K, may be more now. I wanted it so I didn't have to hump a twin drum around all the time but that is a lot of money.

    Also Allied made a large plate compactor attachment that went on the front of a skid steer that looks interesting as well.
     
  5. Canuck Digger

    Canuck Digger Well-Known Member

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    Thx. to everyone for your thoughts on this. Sounds like this attachment could be a problem child. Would come in so handy! Probably why you don't see a lot of them around.
     
  6. Stickpro

    Stickpro New Member

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    We have the caterpillar cv18b have had it for 5 years now and have not had a problem yet. We run it on our 299d2, use it for compacting building pads and base rock on roads. We get 95% plus compaction on our building pads. Saves us from taking another piece of equipment to the jobs. Was a good purchase, they are up there on price.
     
  7. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Bought a Bobcat brand back in the early 2000's.

    It worked well for the first 30-40 hrs compacting heavy clay gravel mix then the bearings went out. Replaced the bearings for $1200 parts only and ran another 30-40 hrs. The 3rd time the bearings went out we tried some aftermarket and they didn't last an hour.

    Since buying trench rollers we have no reason for a skid steer roller anymore. For what we do and our soils a trench roller works great for compaction jobs that doesn't warrant bringing in our 84" padfoot. You can pick up a good used trench roller at auction for $5-7K. I have a Wacker I bought several years ago from Sunbelt for $2800 that is still rolling today for example.

    The Bobcat roller is sitting partially dismantled at our yard - it's for sale cheap...:D