Information on Scabblers

In the world of construction, having the right tool makes all the difference and scabblers play a critical role in the world of masonry. Professionals who lay concrete or work with concrete block use a variety of special tools to perform their work. They range from small hand tools to large motorized machines and all are extremely specialized to produce specific results.

Extra information about scabblers


What is a Scabbler?


A scabbler is a motorized electrical machine used for breaking down, scoring, or cutting concrete. Design varies from model to model but typically a scabbler is a few feet tall with two handles for the operator. There are various speed and height settings on the device as well as functionality for cooling and dust control.


What is a scabbler used for?


Whilst the basic idea is always the same, there are different reasons for the need to manipulate concrete. A scabbler can be used to remove deteriorated concrete that has broken down. For instance if a work crew needs to seal or paint concrete, any deteriorated or soiled concrete will need to be removed for sealant to adhere.


Scabblers may also be used to level out uneven concrete. Sometimes when it is poured, concrete has rough spots or areas where there is a slight incline. Scabblers can shave these spots down making the entire slab even.


These machines can also be used to texturize concrete such as putting lines in roadways or parking garages so that they are slip resistant. A less common use for a scabbler is to break up ceramic tile.


How has the scabbler impacted the masonry industry?


Scabblers have enabled masons to make higher quality finished products as well as increased the flexibility with which jobs can be performed. In the past, some imperfections such as uneven spots or workers who had neglected to perform certain tasks before concrete was dry had to be left as-is. Now these types of oversights can be remedied even after concrete has hardened.


Masons also have the flexibility of waiting until concrete has dried to perform certain tasks like contouring and texturing (which previously had to be done before concrete had cured).


Another positive impact the scabbler has had is the ergonomic impact on masonry work. What used to take hours of back breaking labour can now be done in less time with less effort. Just like other forms of machinery making work easier, the scabbler has transformed the way masons operate.