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Hand Floats
Hand tools for finishing concrete. The consist of a shaped base and a handle. They are made with different materials for different finishes. Steel, magnesium,wood,plastic and sponge etc.

concrete floats

The name float refers to a finishing tool that cement works and plasters use. it is sometimes called a trowel, but that is a different tool altogether.

The floats above from the top down are:

  • The steel float gives a hard smooth finish.
  • The magnesium alloy float is an intermediate finishing tool that brings up the fat to the surface and if left at that it give a sandy semi non slip surface.
  • The wood float does the same but costs a lot less but they do warp and twist.
a variety of steel float

A steel float that has very useful feature of a pointed end.

a steel float with a handle.

A steel float again, this time with a handle.

a flexible steel float

This particular float is a steel one used by a free form swimming pool builder. The rounded corners and it's flexibility make it useful when working on curved surfaces.

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