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Choosing The Correct Concrete Tools For You Job

At Trade Smart we offer a wide range of concrete tool supplies including PowerTrowels. PowerTrowels are the main piece of equipment needed when finishing concrete.


In this blog, we will highlight the benefits of both, to see which one will best suit your needs. 


The Size Of The Job Is The Number One Factor  

One of the most important factors to think about when choosing between a Walk-behind or a Ride-on Trowel is how large the job is that you are undertaking. This will help you determine which one is most suited. If the work is for a larger space such as a warehouse space, then you would require both a Ride-on Trowel and the Walk-behind Trowels. A Ride-on Trowel will allow you to cover enough space efficiently. Combine this with the walk-behind Trowel to finish the space around beams and other the harder-to-reach areas. 


If you are working on bigger areas, then a Ride-on Trowel is the way to go as you will need to cover as much ground as quickly as possible. Because of the extra weight of a rider these will greatly improve your finished result. All our riders can be fitte with Allen Pan to improve the finish and flatness even more. This will also reduce the time the job takes compared to just using a Walk-behind Trowel, making sure you stay ahead of the setting concrete.


If your jobs are more custom and residential, then you won’t need a Ride-on Trowel as much as a Walk-behind. The Walk-behind will make it much easier getting in and out of smaller areas due to its size and weight. 


The Best Ride-On Trowel For All Your Needs

One popular size is the Allen Pro MSP455 or MSP445 Rider Trowels. Featuring your choice of joystick power or manual lever steering and the power of a 37hp Kohler gasoline engines, the Mechanical-Drive Super Pro (MSP) Series is our most popular series of riders with larger contractors. These riding trowels are powerful and responsive due their weight-to-horsepower ratio.


Click here to view the rest of our Ride-on range of Trowels. 


The Best Walk-Behind For All Your Needs

Allen Pro-Series Walkers feature precision-engineered gearboxes for a long, trouble-free life. We use cast-iron spiders, pressure plates, and lift levers for long wear and continuous service, and Allen precision machine the trowel arms and spiders to such close tolerances that our trowels do not require bushing. This all comes with a full 2 Year Warranty.


Click here to view the rest of our Walk-behind Trowels. 


Why Tradesmart?


Trade Smart is the exclusive supplier of Allen Engineering in New Zealand. Allen Engineering are known as a leading innovator in the concrete industry, manufacturing a premier line of concrete placing, finishing and paving equipment. Allen equipment is specifically designed to help improve concrete floor flatness, measured by F-Numbers, and improve daily production. Each piece of Allen Equipment is designed and built to be "contractor tough" so it can stand up to the most challenging job-site conditions created by concrete contractors.


Contact Us Today

At Tradesmart we deliver efficient and reliable solutions through our friendly support team. Our sole focus is customer satisfaction and supplying proven quality products. 


To find out more about our range of trowels head to our contact page online or contact us on

09 283 9658

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