Power Trowel/Float

SKU: 31005 Category:

Description

Product Description

A power trowel is used to create a smooth finish on a large, flat area of concrete, such as an interior floor, or a poured patio slab for a deck.

They use multiple blades that rotate in a safety cage.

Product Specifications

  • Weight: 80Kg
  • Engine Type: Honda GX200 Petrol
  • Path: 1000mm
  • Engine Speed: 3600rpm

Consumables sold and other equipment normally on hire with this product

  • Petrol

Operating Instructions

  • Have the concrete poured a few hours before using the power trowel. Make sure it is firm enough to support you and the power trowel by doing a footprint test; step onto the slab and measure the imprint depth. If the imprint is 3mm deep or less, the concrete is ready for troweling.
  • Use the trowel with float blades to level the concrete on your first pass. Floating reduces bumps (hills) and fills in the hollows (valleys).
  • Run the machine at 3/4 speed with the blades flat to keep the weight of the machine evenly distributed and avoids digging into the concrete. This speed of rotation will also prevent splatters of still-damp concrete being thrown forward into the machine's path. Overlap each pass by 1/2 the length of the trowel blades as you traverse the poured plate.
  • When you finish floating the entire slab once, turn the power trowel at 90 degrees to your first rows. This crossover floating technique enables you to finish missed spots.
  • Then run the power trowel at its top speed this time with the blades fully pitched downward onto the concrete. This will give the highest pressure on the slab. Make as many passes at right angles as desired to get a matte, light gloss or gleaming finish.
  • When operating the power trowel, reduce speed when turning corners to avoid tipping the machine. Also, cordon off the area, for safety and to prevent marring the concrete.

Safety Equipment suggested:

 Eye Protection

All round protection: grade 1 goggles
Less hazardous work: grade 2 spectacles

 Ear Defenders
Protection against high noise levels. Earplugs are suitable for short-term work.

 Safety Footwear
Wear safety footwear for toe protection.

 Protective Gloves
Gauntlets, PVC, cotton or rigger gloves for hand protection.

Safety Helmets
Protect against falling objects. Compulsory on site. Bump caps protect from overhead obstacles.