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    Cheaper than a plate compactor


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    nice

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    Not if you have to buy them all lunch afterwards!

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    If you shoot a time lapse video of them doing that it will look hilarious!

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    Not sure if I could have gotten this with my feet though
    Going to hit it one more time to get rid of the ridges. It was just slightly too wet when I did this, but that really makes it compact well.
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    We do that all the time when rebuilding tread by hand on existing narrow trail that we don’t want to drag or drive machines down.

    For a bit larger scale look, check out Sam Reynolds’ channel with the rebuild out at Darkfest 2020.

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    lol. This is actually during their lunch. They thought this was more fun than playing soccer or basketball

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    Quote Originally Posted by karthur View Post
    If you shoot a time lapse video of them doing that it will look hilarious!


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    Not sure if I could have gotten this with my feet though
    Now that looks slick. Trying to do the side slopes is so difficult with the plate compactor. I tried the rope trick that someone here suggested and it works great, but requires two people.

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    https://www.instagram.com/p/B6yRVDEH9Pr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

    not sure why you can't click on it, but if you copy and paste it works....

    I'm usually working solo at the house but had my brother and nephew give me some help when they were in town for Christmas. Check out the third picture for a video of us running the compactor on a berm on the pump track. I also have some time lapses of foot compacting, watching them always makes me laugh and think of MC Hammer.

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    giant metal roller filled with concrete....hand dragged

    killed myself dragging it through the woods, but dang if those trails we built don't just stay put right there and today 15 years later they are moss-lined uber mystery fairytail singletrack heaven
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    giant metal roller filled with concrete...
    So I've been thinking along those lines, but water filled for a little more mobility when moving around. Was it a cylinder shape? I've been thinking hourglass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ki5ka View Post




    Now that looks slick. Trying to do the side slopes is so difficult with the plate compactor. I tried the rope trick that someone here suggested and it works great, but requires two people.
    The trick is to angle the compactor diagonally so that each 'bump' that normally propels it forward propels it a little forward (in line with the berm) and a little up (perpendicular to the) berm. Once you find the right angle you can keep it moving along even at the very top of the berm, it's just a lot slower than normal operation (and can make some ridges since the plate is moving sideways a bit, but it's not hard to figure out the process to eliminate those on the next pass).

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    Cheaper than a plate compactor, and more effective too. The vast majority of times I've seen a plate compactor used for trail building it's the wrong tool for the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ki5ka View Post
    So I've been thinking along those lines, but water filled for a little more mobility when moving around. Was it a cylinder shape? I've been thinking hourglass.
    24 inch wide cylinder with giant iron bars as handles. I don't see the benefit of hourglass in any way, other than it won't pack the trail down as much....

    go perpendicular to trail, back and forth, and zig zag your way sideways along path. it pounds the trail down a boatload.

    I guess water is OK but you get more of a workout dragging the beast in the woods a few times, concrete is heavier...then you get better at using it.

    [and throwing the bike around on trail improved greatly....win win...]

    gotta work yourself up to using big old skool tools, not for someone who just wants to use it once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    ... I don't see the benefit of hourglass...
    Not sure it makes sense either, but my features are in the middle of a schoolyard and sees a great deal of foot traffic on the backsides of the berms. The clay/soil mix holds up really well under bike tires, but not so much under middleschool feet.

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