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Concrete Screed Visit

Tom had a chance to visit with a new TTI Screedright Pro customer last fall. Dean is a small business owner who needed to do some quick concrete flat work in a mobile home park. The Screedright Pro was just the tool he needed to do the job. Dean formed up and poured several driveway aprons. He was able to simplify the job by screeding off the 12 X 24 foot slab with the Screedright Pro.  One man running the screed is a lot easier than having two on the screed bar.  Each slab was poured in a matter of minutes. The TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2 X 4 to screed off wet concrete. There are no expensive aluminum screed bars to purchase. The all steel frame is light weight and easy to move from job to job. The TTI Screedright Pro is manufactured and shipped from Trade Tool Innovations in Wyoming. The screed arrives via UPS in one box and is easy to assemble and begin use. Please visit www.toolsbytom.com for more information. Call 307-745-9488 if you have questions or would like to purchase!

 

 

Concrete Screed Review

Jim ordered a TTI Screedright Pro early last summer and here is a short review of his experience with the one man power concrete screed.

Tom,

I used the TTI power Screedright Pro to work 6500 sq ft of concrete. We tried to keep the concrete 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the bottom edge of the 2×4. We laid 8 ft x 83 ft and 10 ft x 83 ft strips inside the Morton Bldg. On the outside the door slabs were 20 ft x 30 ft. A 10 ft x 60 ft sidewalk was added to one side of the building. Their were three people and the Screedright that did the concrete work. The Screedright packed the concrete very well. A few times their were areas that we had to go over twice because the concrete was high in areas. Plastic tips were fabricated to fit on the ends of the 2×4’s used to decrease the ware on them. The Subaru engine worked great and started on the first pull. The throttle cable worked, but could be better. It would stick and needed to be adjusted quite often. The Screedright packed the concrete at 1/3 throttle speed very well and did a very nice job with all the concrete we had to pour. Working with concrete is a very hard job and you need that extra helping hand. The TTI Screedright Pro was a very good investment and it saved us time and labor hours. It was easy for one person to handle. Doing the work ourselves saved us thousands of dollars! Tom, I would like to see you develop an aluminum adjustable edge (length wise) besides using a 2×4. I am sending you pictures of the concrete work we did with your machine.

Regards,
Jim K. South Dakota

Thanks for the pictures Jim… great building project!

Newest Concrete Screed Video

This video was sent in by Norman from Puerto Rico. Norman purchased two screeds a few months ago to use on a large road project his company was pouring in central Puerto Rico. We were excited to receive this video and loved how we were able to check out the TTI Screedright Pro in action thousands of miles away. It looks as if the concrete company formed up two very long strips of road and then poured each side in one long concrete pour. No doubt the concrete screed quickened the process along and alleviated wear and tear on the crew.
Because the TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2 X 4, it can be easily shipped to most locations. Aluminum screed bars are costly to ship and often require special truck shipping. The TTI Screedright Pro ships in one box and comes ready to go. The operator has to attach the handle bar, add a wooden screed bar and add gas.
Another reason that the TTI Screedright Pro is a popular choice is that the owner can cut the screed bar to his desired length for each project. No need to carry around various sizes of screed bars. Thanks for sending in this video Norman!

Aluminum Screed Bar on the Concrete Screed

The TTI Screedright Pro utilizes a wooden 2X4 as a screed bar. Every so often Tom gets the question: “Can I use an aluminum bar on your screed?” Sometimes concrete guys like to use a metal tube as a screed bar or they have purchased several sizes of aluminum screed bars and want to use them.
While the TTI Screedright Pro was originally designed to accept a wooden 2″ X 4″, it is possible to use an aluminum screed bar as long as the width is 1 1/2 inches. The ears on the concrete screed are designed to saddle over a 2″ X 4″ , which is actually 1 1/2″ wide.

Trade Tool Innovations is currently looking into offering a Screedright Pro that accepts a magnesium screed bar.  The new screed owner would have the option of using a 2″ wide magnesium screed bar or a wooden 2″ X 4″ by simply adding a 1/2″ plywood shim.

Concrete people around the world… let us know what you prefer!  Are you a 2″ X 4″ guy or a magnesium only guy?  If you like the idea of using an aluminum screed bar, let us know and tell us why!  We will toss in free shipping when we get the new screed design up and running.

We will always offer the 2″ X 4″ design.  We have noticed that some concrete professionals and hobbyist prefer the ease of cutting the screed bar to fit the job.

 

Sealed Stamped Concrete

Here is an update to my previous post on stamped concrete. The concrete contractor added a colored seal to the edging of the new concrete driveway for a new construction home. The contractor also included a little landscaping in the new home package.

The first thing to consider when looking for a concrete sealer is to examine weather the sealer will be applied indoors or outdoors.  For this project, the contractor was looking for a product specific for outdoor use.  Your product should have good UV resistance and also be waterproof.    Usually an area like this gets a lot of foot and vehicle traffic and the new homeowner should consider applying a new coating every couple of years or so.

Trade Tool Innovations visits Triton Marine Construction

I finally put a video together of our stop-in to see Steve at Triton Marine Construction in Oahu Hawaii. Triton Marine purchased two concrete screeds to use for their company. After shipping them UPS to Hawaii, Steve and crew retrofitted the screed to meet their need. They work on the famous “Cam Highway” on Oahu by repairing the concrete decking. Steve told us that they use a fast drying quick lay concrete to patch up spots on the highway and then use the TTI Screedright Pro to strike off the wet concrete. The concrete screed is a big help in expediting fast, flat concrete pours like the highway decking repair in Hawaii.
Triton Marine extended the handle bars on the TTI Screedright Pro to reach across the highway. Triton Marine also modified the screed to accept a true 2″ X 4″ magnesium screed bar.
The damaged highway decking is first sprayed with a high power stream of water that leaves the steel reinforcement exposed. The area is then filled with concrete and struck off with the concrete screed. The process is so efficient that the repaired stretch of highway is ready for traffic in a matter of hours.
We had a great trip and one of the highlights was certainly seeing the screed on the job site! Mahalo Steve and Triton Marine!

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The TTI Screedright Pro is now on facebook! The TTI Screedright Pro can be found all over the United States and several countries around the world. Sign in and post questions, comments, and photo’s of your company and projects. We are looking forward to hearing from all of our great customers!
Tom and Karen Gabriel
Trade Tool Innovations

You May Never Own a Lamborghini…

Lamborghini. The ultimate name in luxury and success. The company began in the 1960’s by Ferruccio Lamborghini, a profitable tractor company owner. He debuted his first car in 1963 at the Turin Auto Show. Legend indicates that Lamborghini had a “falling out” with his friend Enzo Farrari and vowed never to drive a Ferrari again. The rest, as they say, is history.
While the company has ebbed and flowed throughout the past 40 sum years, they have survived because they turn out cars individually and with great care. A few websites I visited noted that just a hair over 2,000 Lamborghini’s were sold in 2006. That’s world wide. One site said that 2007 numbers looked like they may reach 2400. That’s world wide. And those are “record-breaking” numbers.
Each car means something. Each car is carefully and meticulously, built, detailed, delivered, and presented to it’s new owner. Each car will require a six figure check! Doing another simple “google” of “Lamborghini prices” leaves ones mouth open. For the price of a house… you too can own a Lamborghini… did I mention they were “sold out” for ’08?
If you are the type who really would rather not LIVE in your car… (although, we are talking about a Lamborghini here)… maybe you ought to consider your options.
Trade Tool Innovations would like to think of its self as “The Lamborghini of the Concrete Screed World.” While we didn’t get into the business due to a dispute with anyone… let alone swear off Ferrari’s… we had in mind the same business model as Lamborghini when we rolled out our first prototype concrete screed in 2004. It was blue, and was demoed right here in our hometown. The first one we sold went to New Jersey!
Since then, we continue to manufacture, box and ship each one from our shop. If you want one then you’ll have to call us. While we probably didn’t sell as many concrete tools as the “big guys” last year (just a note… we had our own “record breaking year as well) each one we sell has a name and location associated with it.
We only make so many per year. That’s the way it is. Concrete season is just around the corner. I suppose you could either look into buying a car you’d have to live in… or buying a tool you could make a living with.
Consider it your personal “Lamborghini” of sorts.

Why Housewives Need Concrete

Concrete IS the housewives new best friend!  As any wife, mother or female married to her house knows… there is a lot to take care of.  Why worry about extraneous things like counter tops and floors.

Most new homes and upgraded additions include concrete floors and counter tops. It is both a simple and worry free way to have that “designer look” with out paying the big price…

Renee is in the middle of adding a living room/master suite onto her house.  She has wisely chosen to use concrete as a basic medium for each room. She loves the versatility and durability that concrete provides. She has also discovered the rich  beauty of concrete.  Her entire living room floor is made of concrete formed to look like natural color marble.  She has carried that look up sweeping circular stairs that lead into the existing front room and dining area.

The master suite includes a large sleeping area, private office, and an outdoor inspired master bath. The overall plan includes a large concrete counter top to accent the sink.

We’ll keep tabs (and more photos) on the project as it continues to unfold!
Why not consider decorative concrete on your next home project!

Beauty’s got to start somewhere!


Concrete is used as a decorating accent in many of today’s homes and yards.  From flooring to outdoor art work, the unique qualities of concrete add to the homeowners experience.  It seems that decorative concrete is everywhere these days. It is no wonder that the concrete industry is leaning more and more into the “fashion” world! 

 Just try searching for a concrete contractor in your favorite search engine.  A whole host of companies pop up specializing in concrete decoration.  Let’s just call this type of work “Cinderella Concrete”… well… beauty has got to start somewhere!  I admire all of those “Fairy Godmother” contractors out there who can work their wonders with the slushy grey stuff! Have you ever seen concrete come out of a truck?

Of course you have, your reading this blog aren’t you:)!  At any rate, even Cinderella got her start by hanging out with the Step Sisters.  This blog will attempt to explore all aspects of the concrete industry.  My interest is peaked MOST by all of the media that is being generated toward contractors, homeowners and the like.  Websites, magazines, direct mailings, concrete training seminars (or as one guy calls it: demonars… I like that one). How is a guy (or a concrete gal) suppose to sift through all that “noise”?

 Well, like I said, beauty’s got to start somewhere! If you are the concrete contractor, it most certainly starts with the pulsing beep… beep… beep… and then, well, you know, out comes the slush!