A Complete Guide to Different Trowel Sizes

There are many different types of trowel on the market. Almost anything that can assist in brick laying or plastering is classed as a trowel so in the confusion, how does somebody actually know which trowel they'll need? Whatever the project, there is a trowel size to match it.

1 – Large Sized Flooring Trowel

This looks a lot like a boat bottom. It has a curved tip but does not come to a sharp point. This edges of this trowel are flat so that it can be used for laying floor adhesive. It does not have a serrated edge like tiling trowels.

2 – Medium Sized Brick Trowel

This is a medium sized trowel which as an arrowhead point. It is used for bricklaying to allow for accuracy. The edge of the trowel is used to tap the bricks level during the laying process.

3 – Small Sized Pointing Trowel

This type of trowel is the same in appearance as a brick trowel but slightly thinner and a little more pointed. It is used at the end of a brick laying job for pointing the mortise accurately to leave a uniform level surface. .

4 – Medium Sized Bucket Trowel

This sort of trowel is perfect for grabbing wet cement or adhesive from a bucket. It has a flat front edge with no point and it will scrape easily against the side of a bucket for minimum loss of cement.

5 – Large Sized Plastering Trowel

This is constructed of a flat square of steel with a handle on the top. This flat surface is used by a plasterer to grab and flip the plaster onto walls. Its smooth, non-serrated edge promotes the clean and flat application of plaster.

6 – Medium Sized Gauging Trowel

This sort of trowel is a round nosed trowel. It is mainly used for mixing and applying small amounts of cement or mortar in confined areas. It is also used for replacing crumbled mortar and patching up concrete cracks.

7 – Small Sized Corner Trowel

Corner trowels are used in corners when assembling new buildings or walls. Their main use is for shaping concrete in corners. The handle is at the middle of a 90degree bend in the blade to help with balance. It offers the ability to apply even pressure on both sides of a corner.

8 – Medium Sized Grouting Trowel

This is not usually recognized as a trowel because it's appearance is different and it is made from a soft rubber compound. The tool is ideal for grouting tiles and it is still classed as a trowel, despite its look.

9 – Small Sized Margin trowel

A margin trowel is a flat nosed trowel. Its main use is to work mortar in tighter areas and corners where a larger pointed trowel might not fit into.

10 – Medium Sized Edging Trowel

An edging trowel looks more like a chisel but is flat and blade-less. It is used in creating clean edges during plastering and concrete wall building.

11 – Large Sized Adhesive Trowel

This is one of the types of trowel that has a serrated edge. It is used in the application and laying of adhesive such as laying tiles on floors or walls. The serrated edge can be of different sizes and lengths according to the type of tiles being laid.