Mike's Favorite Vibrating Concrete Screed

I've used a couple different vibrating concrete screeds over the years.

The one you see in the picture below is the Vibra-Strike II.

This is the first power screed I bought and still have. I've had it for about 20 years.

On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being awesome) I would give this screed an 8.

It's been a good reliable tool for us. I've only had to replace the throttle cable and the starter pull cord on it. 

It weighs about 45 pounds with the 12 foot board on it.

The only thing I'd change on this would be the handle grips. Where you grip the handles is not adjustable. The handle bar will adjust up and down, but where you grip the handles, it stays fixed.

This can cause some fatigue in your wrists and forearms on larger floors.

Vibrating concrete screed

In the picture below, we are using the Magic Screed power screeds.

These vibrating screeds are my favorite. On a scale of 1 - 10 I'd give them a 9. 

They feel lighter than the Vibra-Strike (about 40 pounds) and more balanced when you pick them up.

In my opinion, being lighter and more balanced makes it easier to set the tool down on fresh concrete and start screeding.

I also like that you can adjust the handle grips to an angle that's comfortable to you. If you use these a lot, this is a very important feature.

Vibrating concrete screed
Another vibrating concrete screed I would recommend is the Tomahawk power screed.

It has all the same features as the Magic Screed, lightweight, adjustable handle grips, honda motor, and you can get it shipped right to you from Amazon.

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Honestly, what I feel is most important when choosing a vibrating screed is reliability. This thing needs to start with one pull of the cord. (you get that with a Honda motor)

It also needs to be lightweight, easy to pick up and set down, have a smooth throttle control, and be easy to clean.

You get all these things with a Magic Screed and/or a Tomahawk.

If you want to see us in action, check out the video I made where I talk about how to get a flat (level) floor using a vibrating power screed.

If you would like to see more of my videos you can check out my channel HERE.

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