Power Trowel: Which is Best For You

Making the right choice in choosing a power trowel for your next concrete finishing job is extremely important, as it will save you both time and money.

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To decide about the best power trowel is perhaps not a simple task. However, breaking down the power trowel into its four major parts may help us a bit more to decide, whether it is best or not?

These four major parts include the engine, the gearbox and power takeoff, the handle, and the guard ring/spider.

  • Engine: First and foremost is the engine. An engine with the highest horsepower would be best but remember it might come heavily to your pocket.
  • Gearbox and power take-off: The next is the gearbox. A gearbox made of high strength steel shaft of sufficiently large diameter would be the best. This is will be best to survive a very rouge use. how to use it rightly
    Sometimes, gearboxes can also be made of aluminum and cast iron. In any case, durable material is always desirable. Regarding power take-offs, you must look for a good quality clutch box. Lastly, the process to check oil should also be convenient.
  • Handle and guard ring: Moving on to handle, you should be looking for something which cannot easily break off. Handles are important, as they transmit the entire force. Similar judgment can also be made for guard ring/spider.

In this article, we will explore the best power trowels for you to buy. We will be looking into their technical specification and prices. A recommendation from us is also given in the end.

MQ Whiteman is a US-based company producing concrete finishing equipment since 1939. The parent company is Multiquip Inc. Their power trowels are gasoline or LPG powered.

MQ Whiteman power trowel

They have a couple of options available for power trowels. Some of their models are following:

Walk-behind power trowels:

BH90C

  • 4-blade, 46″
  • Engine: Honda GX 270, 8.5
  • Min 60-130 Max RPM blade speed.

BH11C

  • 4-Blade,46″
  • Engine Honda GX340,10.7 HP
  • Min 60-130 Max RPM blade speed.

JH55C

  • 4-Blade,36″
  • Engine: Honda GX160,4.8 HP
  • Min 60-115 Max RPM blade speed.

JH90C

  • 4-Blade,36″
  • Engine Honda GX270,8.5 HP
  • Min 60-130 Max RPM blade speed.

Ride one power trowels:

PRX

  • 107-HP Ford Power Products
  • Gas/LPG, 12′ Non-overlap
  • twin 70″ rotors

LD6

  • 23-HP Briggs and Stratton V-Twin
  • 6′ Non-overlap
  • twin four-blade rotors

LD6SL

  • 23-HP Briggs and Stratton V-Twin
  • 6′ Non-overlap
  • twin four-blade rotors
  • spray/lights

STXDF

  • 84-HP Ford Power Products Gas/LPG
  • 10’Non-overlap
  • twin six-blade rotors

HTX6H

  • 70-HP Hatz Tier 4 Final Turbo Diesel
  • 8′ Non-overlap
  • twin six-blade rotors

HTXG6DF

  • 68-HP, PSI Gas-LPG Dual Fuel
  • 8′ Non-overlap
  • twin six-blade rotors

STX6H

  • 70-HP Hatz Tier 4 Final Turbo Diesel
  • 10′ Non-overlap
  • twin six-blade rotors

MBW Inc.

MBW Inc. is a US-based company producing small to medium scale construction equipment since 1967. MBW Inc. produces a range of soil compaction and concrete handling equipment.

MBW power trowel

Their power trowels are gasoline or LPG powered. They have a couple of options available for power trowels.

Some of their models are following:

Walk-behind power trowels:

F24

  • Honda GX120 (125 lb/57 kg), 3 HP Motor Single Phase, 220V Electric (126 lb/57 kg)
  • 24 in (61 cm) ring dia
  • 50-135 rpm

F36

  • Honda GX160 (183 lb/83 kg)/Honda GX270 (209 lb/95 kg)/Honda GX270 High Torque (216 lb/98 kg)
  • 5 in (95 cm) ring dia
  • 70-135 rpm

F46

  • Honda GX270 (246 lb/112 kg)/Honda GX390 (260 lb/118 kg)/Honda GX390
  • 6 in (121 cm) ring dia
  • 70-135 rpm

Ride-on power trowels:

MK8-75

  • Honda GX390 (460 lb/209 kg)
  • 63 in (161 cm) Troweling path
  • Dual rotor

MK8-91

  • Kohler Command Pro 23.5 (746 lb/338 kg)
  • 76 in (194 cm) Troweling path
  • Dual rotor

MK8-121

  • Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 35 High Speed (878 lb/398 kg)
  • 100 in (254 cm) Troweling path
  • Dual rotor

Wacker Neuson

Wacker Neuson is a German company producing small to medium scale construction equipment since 1848. It produces concrete technology, compaction equipment, worksite technology, and compact construction equipment, also offering a range of complementary services.

Wacker Neuson power trowels

Their power trowels are gasoline or electric powered. They have a couple of options available for power trowels.

Some of their models are following.

Walk behind power trowel

CT 36-400E 

  • kW Electric power motor with a frequency of 50 Hz
  • 50 to 100 rpm
  • 915 mm troweling diameter.

CT 24-4A

  • Troweling diameter 610 mm.
  • 90-141 rpm
  • Honda GX 120 Air-cooled single-cylinder four-cycle gasoline engine

CT 36

  • Troweling diameter 915 mm.
  • 25 to 200 rpm
  • Honda GX 240 Air-cooled single-cylinder four-cycle gasoline engine

Ride on power trowel

CRT36

  • Troweling diameter 914 mm
  • 3600 rpm
  • Air-cooled two-cylinder four-cycle gasoline engine by Honda or wacker Neuson.

Bartell

Bartell was founded by Art Bartell in 1946 as a machine tool and die shop. It is a Canadian company. Bartell began to manufacture concrete finishing power trowels for the local construction industry in the mid-1960s and quickly became the dominant supplier to the Canadian market.

Bartell power trowel

Their power trowels are gasoline-powered. They have a couple of options available for power trowels.

Some of their models are following.

Walk-behind power trowel

EDGER TROWELS

  • Honda GX160 4.8 Hp
  • 24 inches float pan

B436 PRO TROWEL

  • Honda GX160 4.8 / 8.5 hp
  • 5 inches flat pan

B446 PRO TROWEL

  • Honda GX270/340/390 11.7 hp
  • 5 inches flat pan

BC436 COMMERCIAL TROWEL

  • Honda GX160/270 4.8 / 8.5 hp
  • 5 inches flat pan

BC446 COMMERCIAL TROWEL

  • Honda GX270/340/390 8.7/10.7/11.7hp
  • 5 inches flat pan

MEGA-T PRO TROWEL

  • Honda GX340 / GX390 10.7 hp
  • 5 inches flat Pan

Ride on power trowel

TITAN 78

  • Kohler CH730 / Kohler 7CH40 / Kohler ECH749 23/25/26.5hp
  • 91 cm float pan

TITAN 88

  • Honda GX690 / Kohler CH740 / Kohler ECH749 23/25/26.5hp

TITAN 96

  • Gas/Petrol – Vanguard 35/37 EFI Propane – Vanguard 993cc
  • Gas/Petrol – 35/37hp Propane – 35hp
  • 180 rpm
  • 117cm float pan

TITAN 96 HYDRAULIC

  • Kubota V1505-T Turbo Diesel (Tier 4 Interm) 44 hp
  • 118 cm float pan

BXR836

  • Gas/Petrol – Honda GX690 Propane – Vanguard
  • 627cc Gas/Petrol – 22hp (16kw) Propane – 21hp (15.7kW)
  • 140 rpm
  • 93cm float cm

Allen

Allen Engineering Corp. (AEC) was founded in 1964 by Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen in Piggott, Arkansas USA as a Ready-Mix Concrete Operation. The company evolved and changed from a Ready Mix and Aggregate Producer (with six locations in Arkansas and Missouri) to a Concrete Pumping operation and eventually into a Concrete Contractor. In 1977, Dewayne manufactured Allen’s first piece of concrete equipment, the Razorback® Truss Screed, in an old Truck Repair Shop in Paragould, Arkansas.

Allen power trowel

Their power trowels are gasoline powered. They have couple of options available for power trowels.

Some of their models are following.

Walk behind power trowels:

PRO430 E

  • Kohler CH270
  • 30 in (76.2 cm) 4-blades
  • 120 rpm

PRO436

  • Honda™ GX160 (163 cc) Honda™ GX270(270 cc)
  • 36 in (92 cm) 4-blades
  • 120 rpm

PRO436 E

  • Honda™ GX270(270 cc)
  • 36 in (92 cm) 4-blades
  • 120 rpm

PRO436 P

  • Kohler CH395 (277 cc)
  • 36 in (92 cm) 4-blades
  • 120 rpm

PRO446

  • Honda™ GX270 (270 cc)
  • 46 in (117 cm) 4-Blades
  • 120 rpm

PRO446 TC

  • Honda™ GX390 Honda™ GX390 (389 cc)
  • 46 in (117 cm) 4-blades
  • 180 rpm

Prices Reference(36 inch)

  • MQ Whiteman 36 inches Power Trowel-2271.17 USD
  • MBW F36 36 inches power trowel-2781.80 USD
  • Bartell 36 inches power trowel price – 3155.13 USD
  • Wacker Neuson CT 36 power trowel-1500 USD
  • Allen pro series walk behind power trowel 36″ Pro 436 – 4255 USD.

Conclusion

To conclude, the best option available in the market is Wacker Neuson CT 36 power trowel, if you only consider the price. It has Troweling diameter of 915 mm, speed of 25 to 200 rpm and a good quality engine.