Eliminate surface irregularities on a wet concrete surface or apply and smooth grout when tiling a wall or floor with these floats and darbies. These tools have a flat, rectangular face with one or more handles on the back and a layer of material, such as wood, rubber, plastic, foam, or magnesium, on the front for use in specific applications.
Tile Grouting Hand Floats
These floats have a hard, non-abrasive pad on the face of the tool that evenly distributes grout into the spaces between tiles, smooths the surface of the grout, and removes any excess material from the tiles for a finished look.
Concrete Hand Floats
Small handheld concrete floats are lightly pushed, or floated, across the surface of a wet concrete slab to smooth or add texture to the surface and to even out any remaining surface irregularities before or after troweling. They can also be used to smooth the edges of a large slab after it has been floated with a bull float or darby or to smooth plaster onto walls. Hand floats are used while kneeling next to the wet slab.
Concrete Darby Floats
Typically smaller than a bull float but larger than a hand float, darbies are used in a kneeling position and can float large areas more quickly than a hand float. Darbies are typically glided along the surface of the wet concrete after it has been screeded to push larger aggregate down into the concrete and allow smoother concrete paste to rise to the surface.
Concrete Push Floats
Larger than a hand float or darby, bull floats are typically glided along the surface of a wet concrete slab after it has been screeded to push larger aggregate down into the concrete and allow smoother concrete paste to rise to the surface. Bull floats have a long, detachable handle that provides more reach than a hand float and allows the operator to use the tool while standing.