Power trowel

A power trowel (also known as a "power float") is a piece of light construction equipment used by construction companies and contractors to apply a smooth finish to concrete slabs.[1]


Power trowels differ in the way they are controlled:

  • Ride-on power trowels are used by an operator sitting on a seat upon the machinery, controlling the power trowel with the necessary buttons.[2]
  • Walk-behind power trowels are used by an operator walking behind the machine.[3][4]

A hand tool for the same task is called a concrete float.[5]

See also


  1. FCS Construction Materials L2. Pearson South Africa. 2009. pp. 284–. ISBN 978-1-77025-609-5.
  2. M. Anson; J.M. Ko; E.S.S. Lam (14 November 2002). Advances in Building Technology. Elsevier. pp. 682–. ISBN 978-0-08-052663-8.
  3. Kevin Wright Carney (21 September 2015). Securing the Outdoor Construction Site: Strategy, Prevention, and Mitigation. Elsevier Science. pp. 144–. ISBN 978-0-12-802602-1.
  4. David A. Madsen (6 July 2017). Modern Residential Construction Practices. Taylor & Francis. pp. 168–. ISBN 978-1-351-97840-8.
  5. American Concrete Institute (2005). Specifications for Structural Concrete, ACI 301-05, with Selected ACI References: Field Reference Manual. American Concrete Institute. pp. 328–. ISBN 978-0-87031-194-9.
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