Boise-based Rhin-O-Tuff Power Trowels has engineered a rotating ring for its line of walk-behind power trowels that allows operators to finish concrete within 1/8th inch of walls and columns. Designed and manufactured in the U.S., Rhin-O-Tuff's newest model-RE35H5-also has sufficient power to finish concrete effectively, with its 5.5 HP Honda motor, four blades, and 35-inch diameter rotating ring that allows the operator to run the trowel along walls and other surfaces for an "up-to-the-edge" finish.
This new Rhin-O-Tuff edging trowel is everything I had hoped for in an edging trowel
"Rhin-O-Tuff's walk-behind power trowels quickly became my finishers' trowel of choice," says Sid Crookston of Crookston Construction in Utah, who uses both 10-ft. ride-on trowels and a fleet of walk-behinds in his business. Sid suggested to Rhin-O-Tuff that it look into designing an edging trowel. In his opinion, other edging trowels on the market are "too light" to effectively finish concrete and have repeated maintenance issues.
Rhin-O-Tuff's team of engineers, Marvin Whiteman Jr. and Tim Jaszkowiak, set immediately to work on designing one that would stand up to the needs of Crookston and others. Crookston tested the prototype six months later. "This new Rhin-O-Tuff edging trowel is everything I had hoped for in an edging trowel," says Crookston, who is currently in the process of replacing all of his other walk-behind power trowels with Rhin-O-Tuff products.
The RE35H5 edging trowel comes with a standard twist pitch handle (SPH) along with Rhin-O-Tuff's unique vibration-dampening handle, which improves operator comfort, extends operating time, and reduces the risk of repetitive stress injuries. The RE35H5 and other Rhin-O-Tuff power trowels can be seen at the upcoming World of Concrete Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nv. January 22-26, 2007 at booths N2517 and O3049.