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Feb 8, Concrete Edging Tools – Don’t buy a concrete edger until you read this

Don’t buy a concrete edging tool until you read this! I’m going to tell you and show you the best kind of concrete edger to use if you’re finishing any kind of concrete patios, pool decks, driveways, or walkways. Not all concrete edgers are created equal, find out why!

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On this page I’m going to show you some concrete edging tools and tell you which one’s are my favorite and which one’s are not.

There’s so many different types of concrete edger’s for sale. My goal is to help you choose the right edging tool based on my real world experience using them.

I’m Mike Day and I own Day’s Concrete Floors, Inc.

My employee’s and I use concrete edging tools on concrete slabs, concrete sidewalks, concrete pool decks, and concrete driveways. 

We use them just about everyday, so we know which one’s are easier to use and which one’s are well made.

What’s the reason for using a concrete edger?

Using a concrete edger will give you a rounded edge along the outside edge of a slab, pool deck, sidewalk, or concrete driveway.

WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?

  1. By rounding off the edge of the concrete, it will be less susceptible to chipping.
  2. Leaving the tool mark from the edger gives your project a “picture frame” look, which in most cases looks more professional.





The Two Basic Types of Concrete Edgers

There’s basically two kinds of concrete edging tools. 

  1. FLAT DESIGN CONCRETE EDGER – Where the front and back edge are completely flat.
  2. TAPERED DESIGN CONCRETE EDGER – Where the front and back edges are slightly tapered upwards.
Flat Concrete edging toolFlat Concrete Edger
Concrete Edging ToolTapered Concrete Edger Tool

Both of these types of edger’s can be a handheld design like in the pictures above.

Or you can buy the walk behind edger with a handle attachment so you don’t have to bend over as much.

In my opinion, if you are in the concrete business, it’s a good idea to have both the handheld and walk behind styles.

The Type I Recommend and Why

Concrete edger tool

I personally like the concrete edger with the tapered front and back edges.

The reason for this is simple. When you move the edger back and forth, the tool doesn’t want to dig into the concrete. You can hold the edger quite flat and get very good results.

If your new to concrete or just learning, this is definitely the concrete edger for you to have.

Click HERE to get my personal favorite concrete edger on Amazon.

The flat edger tends to want to dig or scrape the concrete if you don’t hold it up high enough while you move it frontwards and backwards.

See the picture below:

Marshalltown Concrete Edger toolFlat Edger Can dig if not tipped up enough

The tapered edger will not do this and makes for easy use of the tool.

Here’s one I recommend getting if you going to buy an edger.

What are most concrete edger’s made of?

There’s a lot of different manufactures of concrete edges. And they make all those edger’s out of 3 basic materials:

  • Stainless Steel – These are lightweight and usually less expensive than the others.
  • Zinc – Heavy duty and long lasting, very good material for an edger.
  • Bronze – MY personal favorite, Heavy duty and long lasting. Excellent for every day use.

 

What brand of edger should I buy?

I have 2 personal favorites when it comes to using concrete edger’s.

The first is Marshalltown’s Concrete Edger’s. Marshalltown makes a very good commercial grade edger. I highly recommend them.

The second is Kraft Tool Company’s Concrete Edger’s. Again, they make an ex

For the big bronze edger I like the one below. It’s 9″ long and 4″ wide, this edger gives you a very nice picture frame look to patios, pool decks and driveways.

For a smaller edger I like this 6″ long by 2 3/4″ wide one for edging door openings and garage door entry’s.

What is a walking concrete edger used for?

A walking edger, sometimes referred to as a concrete edging trowel, is used for the same things as a handheld edger except it has a handle so you don’t have to bend over to perform the task.

Having a handle on the edger also allows you to edge the concrete in some harder to reach places like:

  • Around bushes & shrubs
  • Over and around fencing
  • Along tall knee walls

Walking edger’s are great for long straight runs on patios, slabs, and driveways.

The one pictured below is an excellent walking concrete edger you can get on Amazon. Don’t forget to get the handle also.

In conclusion: My thoughts about concrete edger’s

Look guys, there’s a lot of very good concrete edger’s out there. 

Which one is considered the best concrete edger? I can’t say for sure, I can only give you my preference’s based on my experience using the one’s we use every day.

Me and my crew like using the bronze concrete edges that have the tapered or flared front and back edges, plain and simple.

We use one size or the other depending on what kind of project we are doing that day.

If this is your first concrete edger purchase, you can’t go wrong with a bronze edger. Zinc is very good also, I have a couple of these as well.

Watch my video below to see how I use a concrete edger around a patio slab.

How to edge concrete: I show you how in this video


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How is Sand Used in the Construction Industry?

Contrary to popular belief, there are several different forms of sand on this earth.  Some are engineered for specific construction purposes, and others are completely natural.  Sand has been used for many different purposes since the beginning of time, and is especially useful to the construction industry for many reasons.  Sand uses in the construction
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3 Reasons to Use Concrete for Your Commercial Construction Project

Did you know that concrete is the most frequently used man-made material in the world? This material is extremely popular in commercial and industrial construction projects as well as residential renovations. If you’re starting a new commercial project or looking to revamp the appearance of your business, you’ll want to consider using concrete for the
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Feb 16, Concrete Yardage Calculators – How Much Do I Need For Any Type of Job

Find the perfect concrete calculator to figure cubic yardage (and cubic meters) for any type of concrete project. Floors, slabs, walls and much more.

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Calculate concrete cubic yardage for slabs, walls, footings, columns, stairs, blocks, curbs, and gutters using the many different concrete calculators on this page.

Estimate the volume and weight of concrete you’ll need for any given area.

Figure out how many cubic yards of concrete you need in both US units of measure (feet and inches) and International system of units or metric units (meters and centimeters) of measurement.

Concrete calculator

LEARN HOW TO INSTALL YOUR OWN CONCRETE SLAB HERE!

The best way (and fastest way) to calculate concrete yardage is using a concrete calculator.

These concrete calculators are very accurate and will help you determine the volume of concrete you need for the type of project you’re doing.

Always add a little extra to the quantity estimated just to be on the safe side. 

Rarely is any concrete project perfect and you don’t want to be left short on the amount you need.

You’ll be able to calculate concrete cubic yardage, weight, and how many bags you need for:

  • Concrete slabs
  • Concrete Walls
  • Concrete Footings
  • Circular slabs or Tubes
  • Columns or Sono-tubes
  • Concrete Curbs and Gutters
  • Concrete stairs

Concrete calculator formula for a slab or floor

If you want to use a formula to calculate concrete volume, I have a whole page like the picture above that shows you a written formula for:

  1. Square or Rectangular Slabs
  2. Round Slabs
  3. Concrete Walls
  4. Concrete Footers
  5. Square Columns
  6. Round Columns
  7. Concrete Stairs and Steps
  8. Concrete Curbs and Gutters

Concrete calculators for specific applications

Use the concrete calculators below to help you determine concrete yardage for your specific project.


Use the calculators above for estimating purposes only.

Always double check your calculations when you figure concrete for a project. Not having enough concrete to finish can be both frustrating and problematic.

Concrete is made from aggregate (stone), sand, cement, and water.

You can make your own concrete using the raw materials and my concrete mixing ratio formula or you can buy pre-mixed concrete in bags that you just add water to.

For large projects, ordering concrete from a ready mix concrete company is usually easier and faster. 

Learn how to do your own concrete slab by taking my concrete slab course.

The concrete calculator APP for the Iphone and Android smartphone is terrific! I use it daily. The free desktop download is courtesy of Meet-Mr-Concrete.

Learn how I check the sub-grade to find the average thickness of a concrete floor on either the floors or slabs calculator page.

When I order concrete from a ready mix company, I always add 1/2 to 1 yard more than what it says on the calculator.


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