How to Assemble and Start Up a 36" and 46" Concrete Power Trowel

Powered by Honda and Kohler engines, Tomahawk Concrete Power Trowels are perfect concrete finishing projects including foundations, warehouses, parking lots, and more. Master your next job with the trowel’s 4 Combo hardened, steel blades to achieve a matte, light gloss, or gleaming finish! Watch this quick assembly guide to get you started today! 


The handle assembly for both Honda and Kohler model Tomahawk trowels are similar, follow these steps to get it started: 


  • To begin the handle assembly, insert the end of the handle bar column into the base of the trowel.

  • Next, align and insert the bolts and washers through the holes in the trowel and handle bar column.

  • Then, fasten a nut to the bottom of each bolt.
  • Tighten each of the bolts with a 17mm wrench and adjustable wrench.

  • Next, unscrew the nut from the pin and insert the pin through the base of the trowel.

  • Fit the screw through the pin and fasten the nut on the top and bottom to keep it in place.

  • Next, fit the handle bars around the eye towards the top of the handle bar column.

  • Place the bolt through the base of the handlebars and then screw a nut on the end.
  • Using a 17mm wrench and adjustable wrench, tighten the bolt to fasten the handles in place.

  • To attach the throttle cable, first remove the air filter and its cover from the trowel’s engine.

  • Feed the throttle cable through the pivot nut and then through the swivel stop on top of the engine’s throttle lever.

  • Using a pair of pliers and a Phillips head screwdriver, fasten the throttle cable in place.

  • Then replace the air filter and its cover. 
  • To attach the engine’s safety shut-off wire, bring the kill switch wire to the front of the engine.
  • Next, unwrap the engine’s safety shut-off wire on the front of the engine.
  • Disconnect the shut-off switch wires, add the splitter, and then connect the kill switch wire.

  • Then wrap all of the wires back up neatly.
  • Tomahawk Trowels with Honda or Kohler engines require 89 Octane Gasoline and SAE10W-30 4 Stroke Motor Oil for proper operation and maintenance.

  • To start the engine, turn the engine switch to ON, close the choke, and set the fuel valve to ON.

  • Make sure the Kill Switch is set to ON. The engine will not start if the switch is not fully set or even halfway.

  • Before starting, make sure the throttle is set to the right, closest to the TURTLE icon.
  • Pull the recoil cord firmly. Once the engine is started, quickly turn the choke to the right.


Your trowel is now ready for use! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! From checkout to your job-site, Tomahawk is on call to answer questions, provide tips, and supply superior customer service. 


We understand to keep a job-site running smoothly, the proper equipment and spare parts are needed at the drop of a hat. With same day shipping and faster delivery times, you can count on Tomahawk to help reduce your job-site down time and make sure your next project goes off without a hitch!

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