I am getting ready to build my drive and parking area to my new house. It will be a gravel drive and parking area. Everything I have read or seen on You tube about driveways indicates I should try and compact the material I am using between layers. I am considering renting a jumping jack compactor and have a couple of questions.
1. Do they produce the desired result or are they not worth using? I have a fairly large area for my parking area so...don't want to wear my arms out for not much gain. My soil is virtually all clay in the area that will be my parking area. I plan to use some clay-sand to fill in my soft spots and low areas before I start putting down gravel. I would like to pack down and level the area between layers of gravel. I see the guys around here who do driveways simply using their skid steers but I am using a JD 2210 so it doesn't have enough weight to pack in the material as I lay it down.
2. Speaking of wearing ones arms out, how bad do jumping jack compactors beat you up? It is going to make me triple up on my ibuprofen intake, I may just skip it. One has to know ones limits.