If you work with cement on a regular basis, the time will come when it will become necessary to purchase a new cement mixer. You may be taking on larger jobs and need a new one to keep up with your needs or maybe just need a replacement for an older model but, whatever the reason, you will need to know how to find the best mixer for you. Keeping that in mind, here are some things you should look for in a concrete mixer as well as some recommended models.
What Should I Look for In a Concrete Mixer?
When looking for a concrete mixer, here are some available features you will need to choose from to find the model that is best for you.
Portable or Stationary: To answer this question, you will have to decide whether most of you concrete will be mixed on site or whether you will have to take it with you from site to site. A smaller portable mixer should be light and easy to carry. If you need a larger one, a trailer mounted unit is probably best.
Batch Output: Although a smaller mixer is probably fine for most jobs, it’s good to have a bit of wiggle room if larger jobs come up. A larger mixer will also mix batches more quickly.
Gas or Electric? There are a number of factors to consider here. If you are working outside with an electric mixer, you will have to be near an outlet. Gas cement mixers also tend to be less expensive when you consider up-front costs, but electric mixers can be easier and cheaper to maintain.
Side Dump or End Dump? This can vary depending on the type of job you will be using the mixer for. End dump mixers can be good because they can stay attached to your truck and will easily pour into curbs or tight areas. Be sure to look at the dimensions of your mixer to make sure you don’t have any spatial issues at the job site.
Poly Drum Mixer or Steel Drum Mixer: Poly drum mixers may be your best option since they are lighter weight and easier to maintain. However, they tend to only be available for light to medium duty mixers.
What Concrete Mixer Should I Purchase?
We can’t tell you which mixer would be right for you, but here are some recommended options for you to consider.
Grizzly T10095 Cement Mixer: This mixer is known for its ability to be extremely mobile so that it can be used anywhere at any time. It is also highly efficient when it comes to mixing cement and mortar. It features a ½ HP electric motor which combines with an oil bathed gearbox to turn the drum at 1680 RPM. It has a 2.5 cu ft. drum capacity making it the perfect mixer for premixed concrete and single bags or mortar. Its low-profile design makes it extremely easy to use.
Generic 8 CU FT Cement Concrete Mixer: This cement/concrete mixer is convenient and designed to make mixing easy. Its compact design makes it easy to transport and store. Its ½ HP motor delivers 1440 RPM for optimal performance and it’s two wheels and handles make it easy to move. Its 8 cu. Ft. drum capacity allows it to accommodate huge loads of premixed concrete.
Pro-series CME35 3.5 Cubic Feet Cement Mixer: This is a reliable mixer for DIY jobs. Its versatility makes it perfect for mixing stucco, mortar, plaster, concrete and drywall. It’s 180 pound dry mix capacity allows you to mix huge loads of concrete. It’s double insulated steel drum and frame are durable enough for farm and construction use.
Finding the right cement mixer is not an easy task and not every mixer will be right for what you are trying to accomplish. It’s a good idea to take your time and read plenty of reviews before making a purchasing decision. Good luck finding the perfect mixer for your application.