Leveling Concrete Trowels

Trowels help in smoothing concrete surfaces for their finish coats before being allowed to dry. For smaller slabs, hand-troweling is commonly used but power trowels are usually preferred for large slabs. There are different types of trowels for specific concrete work.

Groove Cutter/Jointer Tool

For some job types, grooving the surface helps to prevent excess damage from shrinkage or cracking as the concrete dries or even during use.

Float Blades and Troweling Blades

There are different types of blade available for floats and power trowels, and each is designed to carry out different finishes. However, during the troweling stage, some care must be taken so as not to burnish the surface and prolong drying time.

Edger

This is a tool designed to round exposed concrete edges for a smooth finish. Using the compact walk-behind edger, you can grind concrete floors along wall edges and in other tight spots in an upright position comfortably, in lesser time than doing the work by hand. This machine is even more advantageous it used on large projects that requires a lot of edging work.

Brooms

Broom finish is a traditional finish for a concrete slab.  It involves the drawing of a broom across the surface of the almost-dried concrete slab to make the surface slip-resistant. The finished look can be a smooth draw or a more artistic pattern.

Grinders

Grinding can be used for artistic effects like a distressed finish. It is sometimes necessary if a slab surface has been over-trowelled causing excess moisture to be sealed inside the slab. Also, the concrete grinder when combined with a variety of blades, can be used like an artist’s brush for decorative concrete contractors. You can create different variety of freehand designs and intricate patterns.

Polishers

After the slab has had enough time to dry, you can use polishers to produce a surface finish effect, such as a gentle smoothing of the surface  and a mirror-like shine for an aesthetic finish.

Dust Collection Systems

When polishing, grinding, drilling or sawing concrete, a dust collection system helps in clearing the work area, thereby protecting the health of the onsite workers

Gauge rake and smoothing paddles

You shouldn’t be without a gauge rake and smoothing paddle if you are working with concrete overlays. The gauge rake helps in laying down a cementitious material at a uniform thickness and the smoothing paddle is used to smooth out the overlay’s surface to get a flawless finish.

Those are the basic tools for carrying out concrete work. I’ve noticed most dealers of concrete in St. Louis always recommend them for effective project execution.