Hello everyone, my name is Mike Day and I'm the owner of Day Concrete Floors located in Maine. Over the past couple years as I've gotten older, I've started to use a couple different vibrating concrete screeds when I pour concrete that I've grown to love. They not only get the job done faster and more efficiently, but they also take a lot of strain off your back!
How little I feel the vibration in the handles when I increase the throttle which makes it very easy for me to focus on making sure the concrete is level and not thinking about the power screed
How smoothly the throttle moves to increase or decrease the vibration (RPM's)
The handles can be adjusted to whomever is operating for maximum comfort just by loosening a bolt and re-tightening
The hand grips can also be adjusted for a wider or narrow grip
I like where the On/Off button is located (it really can't accidentally be hit and break)
I like the kick-stand for holding it up when you're not using it. It's conveniently located and rugged. This also make it easier to clean the machine once you are done using it
The motor is easily started within the first or second pull
The gas lasts a while
*I will say the most significant difference between the two is the SCREEDEMON is a bit lighter than the Shockwave which makes it easier to carry around while walking in the concrete. As of recently, I've been finding myself using the SCREEDEMON more than the Shockwave.
Here are some videos I made on my YouTube channel showing the difference:
my tips & tricks to using a power screed
I've used a Power Screed thousands of times while pouring concrete and have found tips and tricks that work for me to get the job done PERFECTLY! I'm going to share them with you:
Start the power screed right BEFORE you bring it over to use.
Make sure the handles are set in a position that is most comfortable to you. With both the Shockwave and the SCREEDEMON, you are able to adjust this easily.
Put the power screed about 1/2 to 3/4 throttle (the top of the blade needs to be off the concrete slightly so you are not digging into the concrete).
Pull the power screed back nice and slowly and watch your ends to make sure they are staying on the concrete, creating a line. If they are not touching the concrete, this can create a hump in the concrete which will not be fun to deal with later.
Let your rakers do most of the work- they need to make sure there is just the right amount of concrete being screeded (not too much or too little). They truly determine how level the concrete will be. With experienced rakers, the job will be easy!
Watch the video below to see my using these tips and tricks:
Honestly, what I feel is most important when choosing a vibrating screed is reliability. This thing needs to start within one or two pulls of the cord.
It also needs to be lightweight, easy to pick up and set down, have a smooth throttle control, and be easy to clean.
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