Tips for Operating a Rented Power Trowel Safely
Heed the following tips to help ensure that you safely operate your rented power trowel. Your ARA-affiliated rental store professional also can instruct you on the proper operation of your rented power trowel.
Safety tips
  • Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using your rented power trowel.
  • Follow safe lifting practices when loading and unloading rented power trowel.
  • Properly secure rented power trowel when you transport it.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a dust mask or respirator, safety glasses, hearing protection and protective boots.
  • Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on the rented power trowel during use.
  • Connect rented, electric power trowel to a grounded outlet only.
  • Only operate rented, gas-powered power trowels in a well-ventilated area.
  • Ensure feet stay clear of the rented power trowel’s path during operation.
  • Do not put hands or feet between rings when using the rented power trowel.
  • Keep onlookers at an appropriate distance from the worksite.
  • Do not allow anyone to ride, other than the operator, on ride-on power trowels.
Usage tips
  • Rent the appropriate power trowel from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Power Trowel Rental Options and Possible Features on Rented Power Trowels for more information.
  • Check and, if needed, service fluid levels in rented, gas-powered power trowels before use.
  • Select a blade — approved by the manufacturer of the rented power trowel — that suits your intended application. Make sure to secure it to the rented power trowel and adjust it properly. Position the trowel blades horizontally when performing floating operations and at a slight tilt for finishing operations.
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for starting and shutting off the rented power trowel.
  • Use the rented power trowel for floating when the concrete has cured enough that the equipment operator barely leaves an impression when standing on the surface. Move a walk-behind power trowel backwards when floating to level any footprints made by the operator.
  • Use the rented power trowel for finishing when the concrete nearly has cured.
  • After finishing, roughen the surface a bit if you desire a non-skid surface.
  • Be sure to clean the rented power trowel before returning it.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your power trowel needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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