Concrete Bull Float

Concrete Bull Float

When to Use a Concrete Bull Float

Once concrete has been poured and levelled it, it needs to be floated. This refers to the process of smoothing the concrete in order to push the aggregate in the mix down, allowing the moisture to rise. The key benefits of a concrete bull float are that the concrete dries more quickly and the surface has a smooth finish.

There are all kinds of floats which are designed for use on a range of different jobs. Concrete bull floats are ideal for floating large areas, whilst hand floats are designed to finish the edges, or reach more inaccessible spots. In this article Burman Plant Hire takes a look at the bull float and consider its design, benefits, and operation.

The Design of the Concrete Bull Float

The bull float, also called an ‘easy float’, has a long handle which is pushed or pulled across the concrete. The blade is what gives it the distinctive name, in that it’s ‘bull-nosed’ to stop the ends impacting the smooth surface. These rounded ends make the float an excellent solution for tight corners.

The design of bull floats is such that the operator can achieve optimum reach onto a slab without using knee boards. This is as a result of its long handle attached to the metal float. The angle of the float can be adjusted to achieve the best results. These floats come in a range of lengths and widths dependent on the area that has to be covered.

Floating Concrete

Prior to floating concrete, a beam screed, or manual screeding board is used to level it as part of the finishing process. The concrete bull float is then pushed backwards and forwards to refine the surface further and draw up the moisture.

Operating a bull float affords you a good deal of control. There’s a small link between the rear of the float and the handle, which allows you to lift or lower the edge. Early strokes are best made with the edge lifted slightly. Once the surface begins to level out, the edge can be flattened to encourage the moisture to the top and the aggregate to the bottom.

Working the surface two or three times is enough. More than that runs the risk of overworking the concrete. This leaves it weaker because too much sand and cement has been drawn to the surface.

Floating Concrete

Prior to floating concrete, a beam screed, or manual screeding board is used to level it as part of the finishing process. The concrete bull float is then pushed backwards and forwards to refine the surface further and draw up the moisture.

Operating a bull float affords you a good deal of control. There’s a small link between the rear of the float and the handle, which allows you to lift or lower the edge. Early strokes are best made with the edge lifted slightly. Once the surface begins to level out, the edge can be flattened to encourage the moisture to the top and the aggregate to the bottom.

Working the surface two or three times is enough. More than that runs the risk of overworking the concrete. This leaves it weaker because too much sand and cement has been drawn to the surface.

Benefits of Using the Burman Plant Concrete Bull Float

Creating a smooth, professional finish is made simple with our concrete bull float (to buy or hire):

  • Easy to operate.
  • Our floats incorporate a knucklehead gear, making the pulling and pushing motion effortless.
  • The lightweight design makes it easy to transport.
  • Rounded ends allow for use in tight corners.

About Burman Plant Hire

Burman Plant Hire has over twenty years’ experience as a provider of hire services in Bedford. We have built a reputation for providing top-quality concrete finishing tools, including beam screeds, Texas placers and the Electric ScreeDemon™Burman provides machine and operator hire, or a full installation service, if your contract requires it.

Need reliable, high-quality equipment for your construction project? Buy or hire your concrete bull float from Burman Plant Hire – 01525 621180

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