15 Tools Every Concrete Contractor Must Have

Must-Have Tools a Concrete Contractor Must Have

Every concrete contractor must have a unique set of tools that will allow them to perform even better. These tools are essential in order to reduce costs and avoid rental costs. Some of these tools are a bit expensive so in that case, I would recommend to make an assessment whether you can afford them or not. Remember these tools can make the difference between a poor and a successful concrete pour.

Concrete Tools: Screeds

Concrete Screed
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 Necessary tools to smooth concrete surfaces. They are available in different sizes and can even be project specific, like the ones used in concrete bridges. When screeds are not an option due to cost, a flat square tubing can also be used but be careful to have the right areas over which it will be pushed along the concrete surface.

Concrete Tools: Vibrators

Concrete vibrator
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 Whichever is your preferred style, vibrators are a must-have item if you are a concrete contractor. Choose from many options, sizes and types. More

Concrete Tools: Wheelbarrows

Ideal to move small amounts of concrete or to carry tools around the site. Wheelbarrows will also be used to take concrete samples.

Concrete Tools: Mixers

A portable mixer is always useful and by having this you are making sure that small amounts of concrete can be mixed at the job site.

Concrete Tools: Rubber gloves


 Rubber gloves are always needed when handling concrete. Chemicals, admixtures and even the concrete itself can cause irritation to exposed skin. More

Concrete Tools: Rubber Boots

 Be ready to step into the concrete with a pair of rubber boots. Rubber boots will allow you to work while standing in the concrete and at the same time, protecting you from skin irritations.

Concrete Tools: Vapor Barriers

Vapor Barrier
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 Vapor retarders can be used to control moisture from evaporating on concrete surfaces. They can also be placed before the concrete is pour, preventing water from getting all the way up to the finished surface. More


Concrete Joint
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 Joints can be cut when concrete is still setting. In addition, saws can also be used to cut wood forms, rebars or any other material affecting the concrete pour. More

Concrete Tools: Shovels

 Necessary to move small amounts of concrete in order to fill voids, depressions or areas that are difficult to reach. Try to use square ended shovels instead of rounded ones.

Concrete Tools: Floats

 Floats will help you fill those small voids once the screed has been pushed over the surface. They will help you complete a leveled concrete surface. A bullfloat will help you leveling the surface of the concrete immediately after you've screed it.

Groove Cutters

 Sometimes are used to prevent or induce cracking at a certain location. Shrinkage cracks are likely to happen, but with the help of the groove cutter, concrete will have a smooth finish. More

Concrete Tools: Laser Level

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 A laser level can provide you with the right elevations for you to complete and level the concrete pour. Before the pour make sure your forms are leveled and set the right elevation. If you have embedded pieces, make sure they are also set at the designed height. Once the pour has been completed double check the surface and verify that it has been completed and finished at the right elevation. More

Concrete Tools: Curing Compound

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 Curing compound needs to be placed directly over the concrete to reduce cracks and helping the concrete to set at the right rate. Curing can be sprayed or applied using different resources and tools. More

Concrete Tools:Pail and Bucket

 A pail or bucket with some water in it, is necessary when very dry or humid conditions are present. A hint of water added during the finishing process will make the concrete more manageable.

Concrete Tools: Pumps

Water Pump
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 Water can sometimes need to be pumped out before pouring concrete. A handy small water pump can be used for de-watering purposes. More