5.5HP HONDA GX160 ENGINE
Durable and tough, this plate compactor is built to last, making it perfect for professionals, construction equipment rental, and do-it-yourselfers alike.
COMPACTION FORCE OF 3,000 LBS/FT
Achieve 100% Compaction Ratings at 6,400 blows/min, required for nuclear density testing and field compaction tests.
17" X 21" BASE PLATE
Designed to maneuver narrow, cramped spaces at 79 ft/min - this plate compactor is a contractor's first choice for sidewalks, driveways, and repair work.
COMPACT SOILS UP TO 22"
Compact granular soils such as gravel, based, and mixed soils in preparation for retaining walls, foundations, trenchwork, and more.
Featuring a 17” x 21” cast iron base plate, the TPC80H Forward Plate Compactor delivers an incredible force of 3,000 lbs. per square ft. at 6,400VPM. Powered by the incredible 5.5 HP Honda Engine, this vibratory plate is perfect for jobsites, households, and rental fleets. Designed specifically to maneuver narrow, cramped spaces, the TPC80H compacts cohesive and granular soils up to 22 inches. Ideal for compacting landscapes, hardscapes, roadways, and asphalt, this vibratory plate is perfect for professionals, construction equipment rental, and do-it-yourselfers alike. Durable and tough, the TPC80H Forward Plate Compactor is built to last and is backed by a 3 year engine warranty and 1 year product warranty, making it perfect for those tackling projects including walkways, patios, driveways, or paver installation.
- 5.5 HP Honda Engine
- Achieve 100% compaction ratings on field density tests and nuclear densometers
- Compaction force of 3000 lbs. per square ft. at 6400 blows per minute
- Compaction of cohesive and granular soils and clays up to 22 in.
- Travel speed of 79 ft. per minute
- The compact 17 x 21 in. plate works around cramped and narrow spaces
- A full 2 dBA quieter than competitive models
- Large 1 Gal. fuel
- 3-year engine warranty and 1-year product warranty
- CARB and EPA compliant
Engine: 5.5HP Honda
- Power: 5.5HP
- Weight: 176 lbs
- Plate Size (LxW): 17 x 21 in
- Centrifugal Force: 13 Kn
- Vibration Frequency: 100 hz
- Travel Speed: 79 ft/min
- TPC80H 5.5HP Plate Compactor
- NSK Bearings
- Honda Engine with 3 Year Warranty
- Retaining Walls
- Footings and Foundation Projects
- Landscapes and hardscapes
- Patchwork on Asphalt
- Pipeline Applications
- Road Repair and Trenchwork
- Cohesive Soils and Granular Soils
- Sticky soils - such as clay or clayey silt
- Gravel, sand, silt, clay, or mixed soils
- Base, Subbase, Subgrade, Subsoil
- Backfill Pools, Parks, Cemeteries, and Golf Courses
What Compactor Do I Need?
A compactor is an essential tool for preparing a solid base for structures such as patios, retaining walls, concrete slabs, and more. Tamping rammers and compactors are used to increase the density of soil by reducing air voids, which help to improve soil stability, support structures, and prevent settling. With so many options on the market, choosing the right plate compactor can be a daunting task.
If you are installing artificial turf, building dirt pathways, or need to improve soil stability - but do not need to adhere to a minimum compaction rating you can use a compactor in the 110 lbs (50 kilo) range. These are great for anyone looking to get a job done by themselves with little headache.
If your project involves building a retaining wall, patio, driveway, sidewalk, or concrete slab you will need a bit more muscle. Rammers and compactors in the 130-200 lbs (60-90 kilo) range that can achieve a compaction force above 3,000 lbs²/ft are best. You will achieve 98-100% compaction ratings needed for proper compaction to prevent soil settling and foundation damage.
Equipment needed for large compaction projects should also be able to achieve a minimum compaction force of 3,000 lbs²/ft to reach 98-100% compaction ratings needed for proper compaction. Where this equipment differs from medium range equipment is it's efficiency. Large jobs are typically performed by professional contractors where speed and jobsite efficiency are critical to their success. Compactors that help jobsite efficiency may feature reverse control, hydraulic drive, and the ability to compact asphalt. If you are not too worried about the time it takes to complete a project, you can save a few bucks and invest in equipment in the medium range.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERSAsk a Question
Where can I get replacement parts?
Replacement parts can be found through Tomahawk Power directly or the engine manufacturer (Honda or Kohler). Spare parts are available through Ground or Expedited shipping directly to your doorstep or the service center you are working with.
What kind of gasoline and oil does the plate compactor take?
Tomahawk Plate Compactors run on 4 Stroke SAE 10W-30 oil and 89 octane gasoline.
What is the RPM on the TPC80 engine?
The Kohler CH260 engine has a certified RPM of 4000.
What is the engine on the TPC80 plate compactor?
The engine on the TPC80 plate compactor is a 6HP Kohler CH260 engine.
Do you sell paver poly pads for the TPC80 plate compactor?
Poly pads for brick pavers are not available for the TPC80 model plate compactor. Our TPC90H plate compactor is compatible with poly pads for paver compaction.
Where are Tomahawk Plate Compactors Made?
Our plate compactor parts are sourced globally in the United States, Czech Republic, Japan, and China with assembly completed overseas, except for our TPC80H model, which is assembled in the United States.
What options do I need for my plate compactor?
Options to consider when researching plate compactor
Wheel kits for easy maneuverability Lifting bars are excellent for lifting heavy plate compactors into a truck Water tanks are crucial for using plate compactors on asphalt and edging Poly-urethane pads are always important for compacting bricks and developing hardscapes
What kind of soil can I use my plate compactor for?
Typically plate compactors can be used for aggregate soils (gravel, pea gravel, sand, and stones). In other cases you can use plate compactors for cohesive soils, but a vibratory rammer or jumping jack, such as the Tomahawk TR68H, is best suited for this.
What size plate compactor do I need?
The size of plate compactor needed may vary depending on what you are looking to compact. If you need heavy compaction, Tomahawk recommends a large reverse plate compactor, preferably 300lbs plus. If it is a small job we recommend our TPC80 forward plate compactor. Before purchasing a plate compactor, definitely consider how often you will be utilizing it.
My plate compactor engine starts but does not compact?
The most common reason for this is the exciter box on the plate compactor is typically not functioning or it is broken. Bring the plate compactor to a service center and change the exciter box. Email email@example.com for more information or find an explosion diagram in our Manuals Page and locate the part.
My plate compactor engine will not start. How do I fix this?
Many engines such as Honda, Subaru, Tomahawk, and Kohler have low oil sensors. To protect your engine from damaging itself without oil, the low oil sensor will disable the engines from starting until a suitable amount of oil is added. Other features on the engine to check might be:
Is the spark plug working? Has the fuel gone bad? Have you changed the oil filter?
Some plate compactors now use Chinese engines which cannot handle the high frequency of vibration and break very quickly. It is worthwhile investing in a plate compactor with a proper compression ratio, torque, and durability, typical of American or Japanese small engines.
What do I need to do before compacting?
Make sure you have the correct moisture and soil you intend to compact. Typically when compacting you only want to make a few passes so thinking this through will help you a lot. Soil Drop Test: Soil preparedness refers to the “wetness” of the dirt or soil. Soil needs to be 50% dry and 50% wet, before starting compaction. A simple “hand test” can determine this. Pick up a handful of soil with your hand and squeeze the dirt. Observe whether the soil is powdery or if it breaks apart when dropped. If the soil does break apart, it means that it is too dry. If the soil keeps together in one piece when dropped, it is ready for compaction. Soil Testing: Testing: The function of this step is to measure the density of an aggregate material to ensure the increase of density when driving out air. At a low moisture content level, there are more soil particles assembling together. In order to determine if the soil is compacted properly, there are several methods. Test strips are useful to determine the method of compaction and understand how many passes of your plate compactor are needed to achieve the optimum compaction. Every layer of compacted soil meets a specific percentage on the proctor curve. Through soil testing, it is possible to identify optimum moisture. Soil testing measures the soil density compared to the degree of compaction specifications, as well as the effect of the moisture.
How do I start my plate compactor?
To start a plate compactor engine add the recommended amount oil (10W-30) and fuel, preferably above 87 octane. Make sure the fuel valve is open and the choke is closed. Then give the recoil starter several pulls until the engine starts. Once started, move the choke to the open position and begin compacting.