Ever wondered about some of the specialised tools a concrete contractor needs to complete their work?
In this post, I’m going to run through each of the specialised tools that are typically needed on a concrete installation, along with their pricing for each tool to give you an idea of just how valuable our trailers are at any given time.
Used to cut through existing concrete before demolishing, also used to cut out the concrete kerbing if required. A steel blade is put on to cut through heavy re-bar. Also used at the end of the job to complete the control joint cuts.
A Hammer Drill is used to drill into the existing concrete where our new concrete is going to meet, to install starter dowels.
Impact driver drill is used to install the screws the hold the formwork to our star pickets..
Use to cut our formwork to make everything fit.
Laser Levels are setup and used to install our formwork to exact levels to make pouring of the concrete easier. It is also used during the concrete pour to make sure everything is being installed to the heights required.
Trowel Machines are use during the finishing stages of the concrete surface. A large machine that is counter balanced across the surface, compressing the matrix of sand and cement and smoothing out the top.
A screed is used to level the sub-grade prior to pouring, also leveling the concrete of course. They come in a range of lengths to suit every situation and you’ll often find at least 6 on the back of a concreters truck.
Used to vibrate the concrete during installation, it is important to compress especially the internal and edge beams to make sure the concrete is at it’s strongest.
Plate compactors are used to compress the underlying sub-grade of the new concrete installation. It’s basically run across the ground to make sure there is little movement underneath the concrete weight after it is poured.
What I have listed here are only the specialised tools that a concreter may carry at any given time. Whilst not all used at the same time, all the time, they are all very necessary to a contractors arsenal.
There are many other smaller tools required to complete works from rakes, to shovels and hammer and everything in between. If you ever get the chance, take a sneak peak into a concreters trailer / truck, you’ll be surprised with the amount of equipment required.