Orzechowski says sometimes less is more. "Choosing a trowel should not be based on just the purchase price and the bells and whistles," he says, "but rather the decision should take into consideration safety features, and the other costs associated with equipment, such as repair and maintenance costs. Sometimes the simplest trowel with minimum features can be the best one. It requires less training, has fewer things to break and is less complicated to repair and maintain."
Lisa Cleaver is the managing editor of Rental Product News and Asphalt Contractor magazines, sister publications of Concrete Contractor.
Ingersoll Rand Rapid Screed
The Ingersoll Rand RS-15 Rapid Screed has adjustable, offset handlebars for ease of operation and balanced maneuverability.
- Weight of 1.5 hp, four-cycle Honda engine is carried by the screed board, minimizing operator fatigue and vibration
- Enclosed bearing and power transfer systems, coupled with no-lube shaft and bearings is virtually maintenance free
LR Tools Power Pole Finisher
The Power Pole Finisher from LR-Tools Inc. is a 24-lb. concrete finishing trowel that has the ability to start finishing on wet concrete.
- Extension poles allow finisher to stand outside the formed area
- Works on flatwork, decorative concrete, and stamping
- 7-lb, 25cc four-cycle engine meets EPA and California standards
Lindley VibraStrike II
The VibraStrike II power screed features a four-stroke engine.
- One-piece design of the two-in-one float eliminates more than 60 nuts, bolts, studs, washers, tensioning rods and brackets for improved overall functionality
- Unique geometric shape of the float allows use as both a float and curl edge when screeding from the top of forms
Allen vibratory truss screeds
Allen Engineering manufactures 12 models of vibratory truss screeds.
- Lightweight auminum for industrial, commercial and residential pours
- Heavy-duty steel for high-tolerance concrete floors
- Super heavy-duty paving style for large paving projects
Crown Screed King
Crown Construction Equipment introduces the next generation Screed King.
- 75 percent less vibration to operator's hands
- No tools required to remove the Mag-Flo board
- Better concrete consolidation
- Improved board integrity
- Simplified handle bar adjustment
Wacker power trowels
The CT 36-8A-V, CT 36-9-V and CT 48-13A-V offer a variable transmission system that provides a 20- to 200-rpm speed range for low speed, high-torque floating through high-speed burnishing.
- Two 36-in.-diameter models with 8-hp Honda or 9-hp Wacker engines, and one 48-in. model with a 13-hp Honda engine
- Dynamically balanced design
- Feature a Gyroscopic safety sensor, gearbox brake and engine limiter
- Pro-Shift pitch control with 0- to 30-degree pitch control range
The Spin Screed power roller screed is powered by a heavy-duty right angle electric drill.
- 4-in. diameter pipe up to 20 ft. long spins opposite the direction being advanced, evening out high and low spots
- Works quickly on sidewalks, bike paths and driveways
- Easy to store, load and move
Terex power trowels
Terex Light Construction offers the Bartell HS90 overlapping, high-speed finishing trowel and the Bartell LP95 non-overlapping, lightweight panning trowel.
- 35-hp air-cooled Briggs & Stratton V-Twin engines
- Drivetrain comes with continuously variable transmission primary reduction, stock "Powergrip" secondary reduction and heavy-duty worm gear final reduction
- HS90 has dual five blade trowels and offers a 240-rpm maximum operating speed
- LP95 has dual four blade trowels and achieves speeds up to 180 rpm
EDCO power trowels
EDCO power trowels are available in 24- to 46-in. models.
- Twist pitch control knob adjusts blade angle
- Multiple guard rings for safety and stability
- Gearbox features Timken bearings and double-lip seals
- Heavy-duty welded steel construction
- Quick-change blades
- Centrifugal clutch drive belt system