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!

THE Concrete Screed for Municipalities, School Districts & Other Govornment Entities

We have sold several of the TTI Screedright Pro concrete screeds to municipalities, school districts and other government entities over the years. If you are a director in one of these areas, it would make perfect sense for you to have one as well.
Here is a letter from Ray Alley, City Manager/Public Works Director for the town of Holbrook Arizona. He purchased two to use for their city needs.

Tom & Karen Gabriel,

-As you stated in your email the City of Holbrook purchased not one but 2 screedright pros power screeds from your company.

Let me explain why we had to buy 2….. The City of Holbrook took on a very aggressive street project where we are replacing asphalt with concrete roads. In doing so we ordered our first power screed from you and laid well over 2 miles of new concrete roads with the little screed. We were pulling 16 foot pulls even though you said it was made for 12 foot. After completing the 2 miles of road we thought we better order a backup screed from you in case the first one ever went down. Long story short we have done a few more miles of road and have still not had to even open the new one because the first one is still going strong. I have been doing concrete for 30 + years and have never had a more valuable tool than your little screed…

If you ever need a testimonial you are more than welcome to give out my name and number to any potential buyers.

Again thanks for such a wonderful product

Ray Alley
City Mgr./Public Works Director
City of Holbrook
928-524-622
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The TTI Screedright Pro can be utilized for many community projects a few include: Valley Pans, Sidewalks, Street Patches, Walking Paths, Floors, Patios, Park Pads, and Sports Courts. Money and time can be saved by doing these projects in house. The TTI Screedright Pro is the perfect machine to have on hand for all kinds of concrete jobs on your list.
Call or email today with questions or if you would like to order.

Concrete Screed Shipping Video

Tom and crew were working on boxing up a new run of concrete screeds recently. Karen grabbed the video camera and got a few shots.
The TTI Screedright Pro ships in one box and is lightweight enough to go UPS. Because this concrete screed utilizes a wooden 2 X 4 as a screed bar, there is no large expensive screed bar to ship.
The TTI Screedright Pro is usually shipped same day and takes anywhere from one to five business days to arrive.
Shipping outside the United States is optional as well.

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.

 

TTI Screed Map Update

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Just a quick update on my “election day” blog. We have added three more *new* states to the map. Of course… the offer still applies for those states who have not yet joined the TTI family! If we have not shipped a screed to your state yet; LA, MS, TN, WV, VT, ME & CT… give us a call and mention the blog… receive FREE shipping:)!

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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Tom and Karen Gabriel
Trade Tool Innovations

Election Day Hangover

Sorry all. Much has happened since the date of my last post. It has been a busier-than-ever summer for us here at Trade Tool Innovations. New building addition, lots of work from the University of Wyoming, several screeds sold.
I thought I’d focus on the last category today. I’ll catchya all up on our building addition and the projects at UW in later posts.
It seems to me that TTI has it’s own version of the “election day map”. You know, those techinicolor, interactive, creations of the mass media that every major network now sports on election night. They are computer generated visual aides for all of America to glue their eyes to as the election results began to pour in. My personal favorite was NBC’s Ann Curry “green room” experience. Fake charts, real results.
But back to the thought at hand.
As most of you know, Trade Tool Innovations is a tightly run ship. We like to keep our costs down so we can pass it on to our customers. Today, the day after election day ’08 and just 24 short months until we begin to hear rummblings of election day ’12, I will locate our own TTI “tracking map” on the toolsbytom website. The prototype model is hung in the corporate office/den at 21 Hidden Springs Rd.
The “shade” states represent those states where a TTI Screedright Pro was sold and sent from our shop. The states that are not colored in represent the places where we have not sent a TTI Screedright Pro, yet. If you live in one of the “non-red” states… give us a call, order a screed, and recieve free shipping (offer ends Jan 1, 2009, unless we decide to extend it).

I’m Karen Gabriel, and I endorse this blog message.

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.