Different Types of Concrete Finishing Equipment
Both concrete and finishing equipment, are used to create the finishing of a concrete surface, with either a rough, smooth, broom, stipple or textured finish. This is done while the concrete is still in a plastic state. The equipment required for the finishing process, are all used differently, depending on the requirements, as well as the intended aesthetical appearance.
4 Different Types of Concrete finishing equipment
#1 Long handle float concrete
This type of equipment has a standard size of 7” and gets raised up to 5 feet. It provides a smoother finish than other equipment. It also has a handle attached, to complete the finishing works, especially on larger concrete surfaces. Long handle float concrete is also made from flexible steel. The blade features round ends, which prevents marking, along with gouging, to create an even smoother surface.
#2 Trowel blades
A trowel blade is a concrete finishing tool, that gets held in your hands, and is used to complete smaller type of duties, such as plastering.
It is generally made of wood, steel or plastic, and can be bought in various sizes, depending on the area surface you need to cover with it.
This type of equipment provides a harder, more polished finish, and eliminates any risk of leaving marks on the concrete.
#3 Mechanical tube finisher
This piece of equipment consists of either a single or multiple rotating finish tube setting.
The length of the tubes is required with a concrete surface to be finished and is used in pavement finishing works.
#4 Power Trowels
Power trowels are light pieces of concrete finishing equipment, which is used to finish off concrete surfaces. The powerful motor rotates at a high speed, on the surface, which allows for a smooth finish.
There are two different types of power trowels. The one is a ride-on power trowel, which is operated while sitting on the machine, to create a smooth finishing of the concrete.
The other is a walk-behind power trowel, which has the same function as the ride-on power trowel, except you must manage it by walking while holding it, and it’s also a lot smaller in size. These are generally used on smaller construction sites, whereas the ride-on power trowels are used on a bigger site, to cover larger area surfaces.