THIS WEEK'S FIELD TIP
When it comes to tamping, you CAN increase the power of your tamping strokes without physically working harder. How? By decreasing the size of the tamp head on your tamp. When you exert energy from your body on your downward stroke with the tamp, the larger the tamp head the more you spread out the energy or decrease the pounds per square inch of force applied at the plate head. So in order to get the same amount of downward pressure of a 4" x 6" tamp head with an 8" x 8" tamp head, you will have to exert 2.5 times more energy in your downward stroke for the same level of compaction.