Contractors have been perfecting the art of concrete pours for many years, combining new technology with tried-and-true methods. Roller screeds combine the time-tested process of using something flat to smooth out concrete with the addition of a spinning tube attached to a power source.
Roller screeds broadly consist of a detachable pipe connected to a drive head with an extended handle for upright, ergonomic operation. These screeds are known for their minimal setup, low learning curve and the consistent, quality results they provide, with less reliance on the operator’s skill level. Roller screeds use a spinning motion to move concrete, a method that reduces operator fatigue and allows for improved integration of aggregate throughout the pour compared to vibratory methods that cause the aggregate to settle. Because of their detachable design, roller screeds are a highly portable option when compared to bulkier and heavier screeds like a laser screed. Roller screeds are versatile and can be used for a variety of pours, often up to 22-30 feet wide, depending on the power source.
While multiple power source options are available, many contractors take advantage of battery-powered roller screeds that give crews more mobility when moving between projects. Battery-powered roller screeds are easily maneuverable and can handle pours up to 22 feet wide. These versatile machines can be especially useful for contractors working in basements or factory settings indoors, on farms, or communities in remote locations.
Depending on the slump and pipe length, a contractor can screed off 1,800 to 2,500 square feet of concrete with just one fully charged battery. Since the battery operation provides fume-free screeding for those working in any closed off environment where fumes may be a concern, no additional power source such as gasoline, hydraulics, or a generator is required. That means fewer transportation needs, reduced setup time, and no cords or hoses in the way. Some battery-powered roller screeds can also provide cross-platform use by utilizing the same rechargeable 60-volt lithium-ion battery that is found in common handheld power tools.
For special projects such as circular pours, battery-powered roller screeds provide a convenient single push-button directional change. This allows contractors to easily change their screeding direction to avoid cold joints or other structural flaws that can occur when concrete cures unevenly. Other screed types may require a complete disassembly, drive head rotation, and reassembly of the screed to reverse direction.
Roller screeds meet the market’s demand to make concrete more attainable for workers of all skill levels. And with battery-powered roller screeds that are adjustable, convenient and easy to operate, contractors can take on more jobs and projects than they may have previously. By incorporating these user-friendly machines into their lineup, contractors can lay concrete more easily than ever.
About the Author:
Seth Ulmer is the sales manager at Curb Roller Manufacturing. Ulmer joined Curb Roller Manufacturing after spending over a decade in the concrete and construction industries. Curb Roller Manufacturing has been the world leader in shaped concrete roller screeds for more than 10 years. With high-quality products for everyday concrete work, Curb Roller’s ergonomic machines not only make it easy to shape standard curb, gutter, and sidewalks, but also flume, v-gutter, swale, and other unique shapes. For more, visit www.curbroller.com.
Modern Contractor Solutions, September 2022
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