Boels welcomes first Vanguard-powered Ammann vibratory plate compactors into its rental fleet

Freienbach Switzerland, 19 February 2020 – Boels Rental is introducing a new brand of compactors in its construction rental fleet: the Ammann APF 15/40 forward-moving vibratory plate compactor. On Boels’ request, Ammann replaced the unit’s standard engine with a Vanguard® 200 single-cylinder, 4.9 Gross kW*, generating more power and halving service intervals, resulting in reduced oil wastage and recycling. The first batch of compactors is expected to be delivered early March 2020.

Easy handling, for challenging materials and environments
The Ammann APF 15/40 forward-moving vibratory plate compactor is ideal for rental companies and their customers. Easy to operate, it offers a perfect allrounder for soil, asphalt and paving stone compaction. The compactor’s high-technology exciter unit provides the forward-moving power needed to handle challenging materials and steep grades, while requiring no maintenance. State of the art guide handles with low hand-arm vibration protect the operator from unwanted vibrations and enables precise machine control.

Boels' Ammann compactors with Vanguard engine

Boels Rental will soon take delivery of the first batch of Ammann’s APF 15/40 vibratory plate compactors, fitted with Vanguard® 200 single-cylinder, 4.9 Gross kW* engines.

Higher productivity, with low vibration and reduced TCO
The request from Boels to fit Vanguard in the proven compactor model provided a perfect opportunity for Ammann to evaluate the engines in a real context. “This customer request has given us the opportunity to test the new Vanguard 200 engine and put it through its paces,” comments Patrick Stellwag, Key Account Manager - Rental of Ammann Group. “The Ammann/Vanguard package offers Boels many benefits including a lower TCO. Based on these successful results, we will consider using Vanguard engines in more of our construction equipment.”

Guy Cremer, Boels’ Director of Fleet Operations, looks forward to introducing the Ammann APF 15/40 compactors to the rental fleet, and its customers. “Making the best quality, user-friendly equipment accessible to our customers remains a key goal for us. Ammann products are a good fit for our rental fleet because they are both easy to operate and durable. The new Vanguard powered plate compactors offer customers an enhanced user experience by way of an easier simplified starting process, lower vibration and provide powerful compaction. The extended service intervals of the engine also allows us to reduce our oil waste and recycling.”

Paul Bramhall, Senior Manager Marketing – commercial engines at Briggs & Stratton, highlights: “We are grateful for the continued confidence that Boels shows in our brand and are pleased to have the opportunity to prove the value of our engines to construction equipment market leaders such as Ammann. We look forward to supporting both companies in achieving their complementary goals.”

In addition to the APF 15/40 plate compactors, Ammann will also deliver a smaller model, the APF 10/33, to Boels Rental.


*All power levels are stated gross horsepower per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.
**Lower TCO than the industry standard based on 200hr oil change intervals vs industry standard 100hr and 600hr air cleaner change vs industry standard 300hr.



Hester Regoort, Two Rivers Marketing, +32 3 298 4948,

Paul Bramhall, Briggs & Stratton, +41 55 415 1254,

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:

Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®,  Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit and

About Boels Rental:

Boels Rental was founded in 1977 and has become one of the main rental companies for machines, tools and catering and event equipment. Boels has more than 400 branches in Europe and over 4,000 employees.

About Ammann Group:

Ammann is a world-leading supplier of mixing plants, machines and services to the construction industry with core expertise in road building and transportation infrastructure.