By Heather Burlingame, Senior Production Editor | September 28, 2010

BomagRedesigned remote controls for the company's BPH80/65S reversible plate and BMP851 multi-purpose compactors weigh only 3.5 pounds (versus previous remote designs that weigh up to 6 pounds). The controls are secured to the operator with a waist belt, an improvement over the previous neck-strap harness. Dual-purpose controls—cable/radio and cable/infrared—offer two operational formats in one unit. The controls provide up to 100 hours of operation on a single charge. Functions include ignition, travel direction and speed, vibration, exciter system control and an emergency stop switch.