Atlas Copco’s new BG245 and BG375 walk-behind trowels excel at finishing concrete in limited-access worksites, and close to walls due to their compact bodies and light weight. The upgraded trowels feature an adjustable clutch to enhance versatility; a maintenance stand to make servicing easy; and a centrifugal clutch for safe operations.
“We upgraded our BG240 and BG370 trowels to create the BG245 and BG375,” said Jim O’Brien, Atlas Copco business line manager of construction tools. “The new trowels replace the BG240 and BG370 and are excellent additions for anyone that works with concrete, from contractors to rental centers.”
The trowels’ relatively light weight and compact protection rings provide superior versatility on concrete slabs. The BG245 weighs 130 pounds and the BG375 weighs 185 pounds, making them easy to maneuver. Each unit features four blades that range from 23 to 37 inches long, which allows operators to tackle a wide range of projects, from sidewalks to driveways.The BG245 comes equipped with 24-inch-long blades and features a rubber edger to prevent damaging walls or concrete, which makes it idea for use on indoor worksites. The BG375 includes 37-inch-long blades for efficient operation on larger, outdoor applications, such as driveways.
Both trowels come standard with a gas-powered, high-capacity Honda or Vanguard engine. The trowels’ quick pitch controls minimize set-up times and enhance their versatility. Using the controls, operators can adjust the angle of the blades and speed easily without impacting productivity. This variable speed also means operators can perform either high speed burnishing or low speed, high torque floating. The trowels also enhance operator safety. The units’ centrifugal clutches, commonly referred to as the dead man’s grip, disconnect the drive train from the engine as soon as the operator releases the grip. This stops the blades within 180 degrees of rotation, which not only improves safety, but also minimizes costly damage to the concrete.
The BG245 and BG375 trowels’ carrying handles are welded to the protection rings and support the trowels when the machines are tilted forward for maintenance, such as cleaning or changing blades. Contractors can fold the units’ operating handles to save cargo space and load handling time during transport.The BG375 features a detachable throttle that can be moved from the left handle to the right, which enhances comfort and ease of use for left and right-handed operators. It also can be equipped with optional transportation wheels for fast and easy maneuverability around the jobsite.