An alternative to floating with the combination blade with the added benefit of giving a flatter floor, this allows fast and easy movement from wet to dry areas.
Pan floats are circular metal disks that clip on to the blades of either a walk-behind or a ride-on power trowel. Pan floats make floors flatter by generating and moving “cream” or surface mortar. Pans easily remove surface imperfections, cut humps and fill in holes and low spots — that’s why power floating with pans is so important. Expect a 10- to 25-point increase in F numbers when floating with pans instead of float blades. Pan floats are wider and flatter than float blades, pans cause less dishing and troughing due to the reduced contact pressure compared to float blades, and pans minimize surface variations due to bent arms and float blades.