There is not too much in the way of plastering tools and equipment needed for the job. The main issue with plastering is knowing how too apply the product and when to make sure it has set. There are however a few things that a person will need to pick up to make sure that the job is done correctly. Of course these are things that not everyone has laying around and you will need to find the right place that carries these particular items. Most of the tools that are associated with this kind of work are readily available at most of the larger home improvement stores, but you should be careful about what you purchase. If you are looking to save money the tools and equipment that you are buying should not be the place to be looking. If you purchase tools that are not above par then you will end up spending even more money heading back to the store to purchase new tools. So to counteract this problem you should purchase quality tools the first time around and not worry about saving a couple of dollars on junk tools.
A trowel is the most important tool that any plasterer has. These units come in many shapes and sizes and are normally sized and shaped for a specific task. So if you are looking at trowels then you will notice that some are larger then others. This is due to the fact that not every job is the same size. If you have a large open area where you are planning to apply plaster then you will be best suited with one of the larger trowels. But, if you are looking at the area and it has many areas that will be hard to get to with a large trowel then you should go with the smaller versions. It is all a matter of how fast you are wanting to get the job done when it comes to the size of the trowel.
Then there is the matter of the type of trowel that you will be using. There are two main types. Application trowels are for the roughing out of the plaster or just simply applying the plaster to the walls or ceilings. This is not for the final product that you wish to achieve but simply to get the plaster applied. A finishing trowel is the type that you would use to smooth out the plaster and make it look appealing. These types are most likely very small and thin. The bottom of a finishing trowel is very smooth and contains no bores at all. This is for the final product and will give the plaster a smooth and wonderful appearance.
As for other equipment you will need to look into a texture gun if you are looking to have a textured area. These guns are those that are attached to sprayer tanks and used to create the lumpy textured look that is very popular with the plaster community these days.