Hamm roller 3520 P is more efficient and economic in comparative studies done with other three brands

In order to study the excellence of the equipment available in the market for soil compaction, Terram, Engenharia e Infraestrutura, Pillar Group and Consórcio Encalso - S.A. Paulista – with the support of Ciber Equipamentos Rodoviários – tested four different brands of rollers available in the market for this purpose, being three different models (of two different brands) and the fourth is a Hamm 3520 P.

The comparative study was carried out in two construction sites, one of them on Avenida Dr. Antônio João Abdalla, in Cajamar, and the other on Rodovia dos Tamoios, in Paraibuna, both in the countryside of São Paulo, in the month of July, 2013.

According to Juliano Gewehr, product specialist at the Wirtgen Group, the purpose of doing the test was to show how much more productivity 20 ton rollers can bring to the consolidation step. “In the case of a recycling job, it is fundamental to have this type of heavy equipment, because the recycler has high productivity and 11 ton rollers cannot keep up with the speed of the recycler. In addition, a 20 ton roller saves approximately 40% fuel when compared to two 11 ton rollers”, Juliano explains.



To compare the performance of the vibrating compacting one drum Hamm 3520 P rollers and other two models of other brands.



Material: Cohesive soil whose deposits are on average 39% silt, 26% sand, and 35% clay (silt-sand-clay soil). These are well graduated soils with broad variation of the particle dimensions and with a thick fraction maintaining the original shape given the small transportation distance.

Length: 80 m

Width: 12 m

Ramp: 0 %

Thickness of the layer: 30 cm and 40 cm

Optimum humidity: 13.2%


The equipment was placed side by side and the evaluation of performance of the equipment was done through the compaction performance criteria, fuel consumption, and superficial closure in the compaction process. Compaction control was done through Hilf method and the trials were carried out by laboratory professionals from Alpha Eng. Consultoria Ltda. The closing was registered by photographs, verifying the aspect of the pass and the superficial finishing of the padfoot on the basis of the lane for each piece of equipment.


(Model A and Model B are models from other brands)


Compacting: In this section, the study demonstrates that in normal working conditions the performance of the compacting roller by Hamm had the highest compaction degree, with the smallest number of passes compared to the other brands tested. It was possible to see that, in relation to model A and to model B, Hamm 3520 P has 15% and 7% more in the number of padfoot, respectively. Thus, it guarantees a largest area of contact with the soil, enhancing compaction.

Closing comparative with one pass: left Hamm 3520 P, center Model A , right Model B.

Consumption: (data obtained during operation):
Model A consumed 11.8% and model B 9.1% more than Hamm 3520 P.


In this section, equipment of models A and B (of other brands) were not tested because they do not operate in such conditions, which does not meet the demand. Therefore, compaction trials were done to test the number of passes for the 3520 P roller.



To compare the performance of the vibrating compacting one drum Hamm 3520 P rollers and one model of another brand.


On Rodovia dos Tamoios (which connects São José dos Campos to Caraguatatuba, on the coast of São Paulo)


Material: Crushed stone soil on subgrade with addition of water in 30 cm depth. With addition of binding agents (cement)

Length: 180 m (stakes 2171 to 2180)

Width: 12 m

Ramp: 3%

Thickness of the layer: 30 cm

Optimum humidity: 16.1%


The equipment was placed in parallel on the right external edge and lane axis, and the evaluation criteria were the compaction performance and fuel consumption. The practical tests were done with verification of the density of the samples collected by the bottle in the sand method. The compaction trials were done by laboratory professionals of Consórcio Encaso - S.A. Paulista.
At the closing, photographs were taken to register the aspect of the two passes to verify the superficial finishing of the padfoot on the basis of the lane for each piece of equipment.


(Model C is from a different brand)


Compaction: The study showed that the Hamm roller model 3520 P had a superior performance in comparison to the competitor model, reaching a 20% performance of superior compaction, in addition to the economy of 4 passes when compared to the model C on the same section of the lane. Hamm roller did 10 complete passes – 20 passes – and model C 12 complete passes – 24 passes.

Closing comparative with two passes (to the left Hamm 3520 P and to the right Model C).

Consumption (data obtained during operation):

Model C consumes 21% more diesel in comparison to Hamm 3520 P

Comparative of other characteristics

Hamm 3520 P Model C
Support and drum Large thickness of the front support
150 X padfoot on the drum
152 cm² of padfoot area
Small thickness of the front support
130 X padfoot on the drum
146 cm² of padfoot area
Safety for maneuvering 4 x headlights
2 x side arrows
2 x rearview mirrors
Rear windshield wiper
Rear flashlights
2 x headlights
No side arrows
No rearview mirrors
No rear windshield wiper
No rear flashlights
Engine Completely sealed engine - protection against dust
Lower noise despite the 207.7 HP
Internal separator filter in the hood
Open engine – subject to dust intake
Loud noise even with only 175 HP
Separator filter external to the hood
Easiness of maintenance Easy access to the engine (hood opens 90º)
Quick stops for preventive maintenance
Difficult access to the engine
More time used for maintenance
Stability 3 points articulation with benefits:
Equal weight distribution
Excellent directional stability
Shock cushioning on difficult terrain
More safety against tipping
Conventional articulation
There is not the possibility of complete change of the articulation because there are no bolts on the front support
Bad operation in unlevelled areas Risk of tipping in curves
Easiness for the operator Access to the cabin from both sides
Fully adjustable operator seat
Fully adjustable operator steering wheel
Modern and compact operation dash with universal symbols
Access to the cabin from one side only
Fixed operator seat
Fixed steering wheel to the operator
Operation dash with different local elements: Hourmeter inside the engine hood
Safety for the operator in case of tipping The hammer for emergency exit does not exist, because there are exits on the two sides of the machine (in the case the machine tips) Hammer for emergency exit on the right, in case the machine tips left because there is only one way out of the cabin