You be the Judge

Ligchine International introduced the World’s first “Compact Boom Screed” in 2008 and it remains the only compact boom screed available to the market.  Somero® offers a wide variety of “Drive-in” compact screeds including the Copperhead®, S-485, S-840 and S-940. When it comes to slab on grade placement the ScreedSaver II offers many advantages over Somero’s® fleet of Drive-in machines including efficiency, accuracy and price.

Compact sized screeds are commonly used on smaller, very cut up job sites and spaces. The ScreedSaver II™ is an extremely efficient machine due to its “zero turn” drive capability.

Screed head design is critical to accuracy. Somero® drive-in screeds have screed heads ranging in size from 6’ (1.8m) to 10’ (3.05m); some include an auger; none include a paver/roller; all have floating finish blades. ScreedSaver II™ has a standard 10’6” (3.2m) screed head with a double flight steel auger and a 1,000 lb. (453kg) down pressure screed head with an extruded non-floating finish blade. Ligchine™ also offers you an interchangeable “paver/roller” head that is perfect for paving applications, pervious concrete and world class FF/FL numbers that only a boom operated machine can achieve.

In addition to the many features and advantages offered with a ScreedSaver II, the best news is that the ScreedSaver II is priced below Somero’s® S-485, S-840 and S-940 screeds. Furthermore, Ligchine will never recommend the additional purchase cost of a pre-rake machine to assist our already powerful ScreedSaver II™ machine.

Ligchine International™ chooses not to manufacture Drive-in screeds for the following reasons:

  • Boom machine placement rates are much faster
  • Boom machines FF / FL numbers are superior to a constantly moving drive-in machine  
  • Boom machines easily handle low slump (high quality) mix with their power (start finishing earlier)
  • Booms’ screed head down pressure means better consolidation than Drive-in screed’s floating heads
  • Drive-in screeds displace aggregate with tire tracks/foot traffic and backfill with crème
  • Drive-in screeds can cause issues for polished concrete due to crème filled tracks
  • Drive-in screeds can collapse wire mesh, rebar & towers and you can’t see or repair the damage
  • Booms stay out of the mud meaning less clean-up time, reduced maintenance & fewer repairs

SS II Extended

Compact Size Boom Operated Screeds
Specifications ScreedSaver IITM  Somero®
Engine Size Honda GX630 20hp Gas  
Machine Size – Transport (USA W x L x H) 4’6″ x 10’11” x 4’6″  
Machine Size – Transport (Metric W x L x H) 1.4m x 3.3m x 1.4m  
Machine Weight 2,840 lbs (1,288 kg)  
Drive System Independent Hydraulic Front Wheel Drive  
Zero Turn Drive System Yes  
Machine Operation Control Wireless Remote Control  NOT OFFERED
Coverage per screed pass (no overlap) 130 sq. ft. (12.1m2)  
Standard Screed head width 10’6″ (3.2m)  
Boom Reach 12’6″ (3.8m)  
Standard Screed Head Weight 255 lbs (116 kg)  
Alternate Screed Head Options Paver, Pervious, Various Widths  
Grade/Slope/Dual Slope control (Standard) Trimble LR30 Eyes (included)  
Contoured Slope 3D control (Optional)  Choice of Topcon 3D LPS or 3D GPS Systems  


Somero® Specifications for Compact Drive-In Screeds
Specifications Copperhead® S-485 S-840 S-940
Engine size Robin 14hp Honda 20.8hp Robin 20.5hp Subaru 22hp / Kubota Diesel
Machine Size – Transport (USA W x L x H) 3′ x 9′ x 3’8″ 8’5″ x 9′ x 4′ 4’7″ x 9’7″ x 4’7″ 4’9″ x 11′ x 5′
Machine Size – Transport (Metric W x L x H) .9m x 2.7m x 1.1m 2.6m x 2.7m x 1.2m 1.4m x 2.9m x 1.4m 1.5m x 3.4m 1.5m
Standard Screed Head Width 10 ft. (3.05m) 8 ft. (2.44m)  8 ft. (2.44m)  10 ft. (3.05m)
Auger excess concrete to side No No Yes Yes
Paver (roller) head option No No No No
Finish blade design Floating Floating Floating Floating
Wheels 2 Wheels 4 Wheels 4 Wheels 4 Wheels
Screed direction of drive Screed in reverse Screed in reverse Screed in reverse Screed in reverse
Operator Control Walk behind Standing Platform Standing Platform Standing Platform
Weight 850 lbs (386 kg) 1,107 lbs (502 kg) 1,548 lbs (702 kg) 1,653 lbs (750 kg)