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How to use a cement mixer

How To Use a Mixer


Mixing concrete or cement by hand is very labour intensive and is only really suitable for small quantities, mixing with a mixer is much easier and quicker allowing larger quantities to be produced in a relatively short time. At Hire Station we only have Belle Mixers in our hire fleet which are built for durability and are the number one choice for mixers worldwide.

This article covers flowing: safety procedures, how to prepare the mixer, creating a concreate mix, emptying the mixer and cleaning the mixer. It has been created so you get the most out of the cement mixer.

how to use a cement mixer

Step 1

First of all it is important to make sure that the cement mixer is positioned on firm and level ground. This will help prevent the mixer from falling over whilst in use. It is also beneficial that your mixer is close to an uninterrupted water supply.

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

Step 2

Set the mixer so the drum is at a 45 degree angle with the mouth of the drum facing upwards. You can now plug the machine in and turn it on.

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

Step 3

The correct mixing ratio for concrete (cement, sand, stone and water) depends on the type of application you are using the concrete for. Harder concrete will require more cement whilst rough application concrete (such as that used in paths or areas requiring grip) you’ll need to add more aggregate.

Start by adding 7 litres (1.5 gallons) of water into the drum. You can add more or less if required depending on the mixture needed. Add a small amount of aggregate before adding your cement to avoid sticking. You should always work consistently to the ratio of ingredients needed for the project you are undertaking.

You should always work consistently to the ratio of ingredients needed for the project you are undertaking. Allow the mixer to turn for a few minutes (3-4 should be enough) before adding the rest of your required sand-ballast mixture.

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

Top Tip

Observe the mixture as it is agitated around the drum so see at which point in the 360 degree cycle it falls off the mixer. If the mixture reaches the top of the drum before falling your mixture is too dry, you need to add more water, if the mixture doesn’t reach the sides then it’s too wet and you’ll need to add more of the base compounds to absorb some of moisture. A good consistency will travel about half way up the side of the drum before falling, this is key as a dry mix won’t fill the required space and water saturated mixture will allow the mortar to simply flow away.

Once your mixture is ready to use position your wheelbarrow under the front of the mixer, if you don’t have a wheelbarrow don’t worry because here at Hire Station you can hire one of our Belle Warrior wheelbarrows! Simply add one to your basket with your other equipment.

Step 4

Next tilt the drum slowly to load the wheelbarrow, be careful not to overfill the wheelbarrow or over tip the cement mixer.

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

Step 5

Never allow your machine to run dry, dried concrete is incredibly hard and time consuming to remove from the drum.

To prevent this add a small amount of sand into the drum with plenty of water and leave the drum to turn for several minutes and then empty the contents.

Repeat this process as many times as you need with JUST water to fully clean the internals of the machine. After this you can switch the machine off and if any of the concrete mixture remains simply use a stiff brush to clean the drum blades.

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

How to use Cement Mixer

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