The NEW ScreeDemon M-18 lithium battery powered concrete screed is the first of it's kind vibratory concrete screed to use electric battery power instead of a gas powered motor.
The Battery powered ScreeDemon uses Milwaukee's M18 Redlithium batteries.
MBW Inc. sent me this new Screedemon to try out and wanted to know my honest opinion after using it to screed a concrete floor.
My company, Day's Concrete Floors, Inc. specializes in pouring and finishing concrete floors and slabs. We pour new concrete floors pretty much every day, so we have to screed a lot of concrete.
Over the years I've either owned or had the chance to use a lot of different vibratory screeds.
I have to say, after using the battery powered ScreeDemon, I was very impressed.
The first thing I noticed, compared to most power screeds, was how lightweight it is (about 30 lbs).
If you've ever used a gas motor powered screed, you know that walking in wet concrete and carrying a 40lb screed can get tiresome really fast.
The second thing I really liked was how quiet it was compared to all the other vibratory screeds I've used.
The electric motor had almost no sound. You could literally talk to someone and not have to raise your voice. All the gas powered screeds I've used are quite loud like any gas powered motor is (that's why they have a muffler).
This electric ScreeDemon felt like it had a smoother, softer vibration when you screed with it versus the gas powered vibrating screeds.
Even on high throttle, the vibration doesn't overwhelm the screed board and make it "sink" into the wet concrete.
Too much vibration, like on most power screeds, could leave you with "low" and "high" areas in your newly screeded concrete floor.
I feel that's much less likely happen with this one, which makes it a great screed for "newbies", "beginners", and veteran concrete guys who haven't used a vibratory screed before.
Some other things I liked was if you use this inside an "already built" structure like a house basement, there's not going to be any fumes (no carbon monoxide).
The electric battery motor is "sealed" so there's virtually no maintenance.
To adjust the handles higher or lower, all you need to do is loosen the orange clamp then re-tighten it.
The wrench used for tightening the bolts that secure the screed board is stored inside the battery box.
The Milwaukee M18 battery slides in and out of the battery box very easily when you need to remove it.
You've seen a lot of tools and power equipment change to battery power over the last few years.
This is the first power screed I've seen, and used, that's powered by a battery.
I think MBW Inc. got it right. The screed is really easy to use and performed great. (plus, a concrete screed that's powered by a M18 lithium battery is really cool thing too).
And the fact it works so good is a testament to MBW and the work they put into designing and developing this for us contractors says a lot about them.
I feel like if a company takes on a risk like this, trying to make my job easier for me, and then they do it. I have to give them props for that. Great job MBW!
Loosening the two bolts removes the head unit from the screed board, just like the gas powered ScreeDemon.
This one also fit behind the seat in my truck better than others, it's just not as bulky with the electric motor.
After using this to screed my concrete floor, I can honestly say I would recommend this for anyone looking for a vibratory screed.
MBW's gas motor ScreeDemon is very nice too. But for me, the lighter weight and how quiet this is, were two things I liked a lot.