Any experience with those $300 3.5 cubic ft cement mixers?


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Old 07-19-04, 09:23 AM
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Any experience with those $300 3.5 cubic ft cement mixers?

I'm planning on buying a plastic tub 3.5 cu ft cement mixers. They range from $200 to $300.

1. How well do they work?

I'm planning on making a backyard patio with permanent 2x4 forms/borders. I'd have to pour 5 80# bags into 16 rectangles. This is roughly 150 sq ft. I should probably rent but I don't have the time or the man power to do it in one to two days. I figure that if I had my own mixer, I could do it over a couple of weekends.

2. How fast could I mix 5 80# bags in a 3.5 cu ft mixer?

3. If I made 9 sq ft rectangles at 4 inches thick, do I still need rebar? I hope not.

Thanks for any help!
 
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Old 07-19-04, 10:01 AM
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How fast could I mix 5 80# bags in a 3.5 cu ft mixer?
They would fit in one load. 5x.666cf=3.333cf, all other things being equal.

If I made 9 sq ft rectangles at 4 inches thick, do I still need rebar?
If they don't support a load, probably not.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 07-19-04, 07:51 PM
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I just bought one of those $249 mixers at Lowe's and I'm using it to mix mortar for adding a couple of extra courses to my block walls.

So far it works pretty well. It's not as good as a big old gas-driven one, but it does the job.

Max capacity seems to be about two 94# bags before it starts to struggle.

HTH

Matt
 
 

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