Posted: 20/01/2015 at 09:19
I have Acers and clay soil. They need moist soil, so as long as you improve the soil before planting - mixing in compost, bark and the like to make it loose then they will be fine. They do fine in full sun as long as the roots are damp.
It is wind damage that causes most problems for Acers, so pick a sheltered spot.
As to cultivator then what you like is what you should but. I would say Atropupureum is a strong type and one that I would recommend.
If I was to add an Acer then I would go for 'Bi Ho' which has an interesting trunk and stem in winter.