Wacker Neuson, maker of compaction equipment, is offering a new series of battery-powered and gasoline single-direction plates. The newly designed APS (battery) and BPS (gasoline) plates set a new standard in maneuverability and operator comfort and are suited for a variety of soil and asphalt compaction applications.
All of Wacker Neuson’s new models offer an optimized base plate design for efficient handling on soil and fresh asphalt. The angular side edges of the base plate provides smooth, clean asphalt finish along curbs and obstructions.
The responsive guide handle makes it easy and comfortable to operate, while also reducing hand-arm vibration. The large lifting eye and wide carrying handles make moving and loading the machine convenient.
All models come with or without a large capacity water tank for asphalt applications. A large, rotary knob allows for regulation of water flow, while the sprinkling system disperses water across the entire plate to reduce waste. Additionally, the modular design across all models offers spare parts commonality, reducing the number of parts needed for stocking.
The gasoline models, BPS1135A and BPS1340A are powered by Honda GX120 engines. The BPS1135A has a 13.8-inch wide baseplate and produces 2,473 pounds of centrifugal force. The BPS1340A comes with a 15.8-inch wide baseplate and produces 2,923 pounds of centrifugal force. The rugged V-belt and bearings with lifetime lubrication significantly reduces maintenance.
The new battery-powered models, APS1135e and APS1340e, utilize Wacker Neuson’s BP1000 lithium ion battery to offer quiet and zero-emission operation. The APS plates come in the same widths and produce the same centrifugal force as the conventional BPS gasoline models. The alternative battery-power source is ideal for indoor applications and job sites with noise and emission guidelines. The cordless APS battery plates are easy to start with the simple push of a button and the battery charge can last throughout a standard work day. They are essentially maintenance-free due to a direct drive with no V-belts and lifetime lubricated bearings.
With the addition of the APS plates, Wacker Neuson has expanded its zero-emission offering to include two rammers, four plates and an internal backpack vibrator that all use a common modular battery platform. One system, including battery and charger is designed to easily exchange between all products.
The BP1000 can be inserted into any product without the need of special tools. No cords and no fumes means the operator can move around the job site freely and is no longer exposed to heat, exhaust fumes and engine noise. The BP1000 provides constant power output over the entire discharge phase, providing full compaction from the first to last minute of work. Under typical working conditions, two batteries with a charger can fulfill the needs of a standard working day.