A concrete mixer is something that not all home improvement projects need. That being said, some do call for this type of machinery and choosing the right one is critical.
When Might You Need a Concrete Mixer?
As most people know not all projects call for a concrete mixer but there are certainly some that do. The key is to determine which projects need a mixer then move on to find the right mixer for your particular project. Some projects that do not require a mixer that you might think do are things like laying brick or working on your driveway. While the scope of the project certainly does affect the need for a mixer, these are both projects that can be completed without one.
A project that certainly needs a concrete mixer would be something like laying a patio, repairing major cracks and faults in a driveway, or any sort of concrete work that is larger in scope than what a bucket of concrete or a wheel barrow of concrete can handle. Thinking about your project and the size of your project prior to starting work will help you determine if you need a mixer or if you are just going to need a mixing vessel.
Determining the Need for a Mixer
The first step in determining if you need a mixer is to look at how large your project is and how long it will take to complete. If you are just fixing a crack here or there or are just going to be setting a few stones, you may not need a mixer. Similarly, if you are going to be working fast and expect to have the project done in an hour or so, the need for a mixer is minimal. For large scope projects however like a patio that are going to take a large volume of concrete and a long time to complete, a mixer is a requirement.
So what does a concrete mixer do for your project? First off it helps to keep the concrete moving so that it stays in a pliable, liquid state while you work so that you can get the best results possible. It is also going to help keep your concrete contained so that you can use it as needed.
Choosing Your Mixer
The main thing you need to consider when choosing your mixer is the size of the mixer itself. There are industrial size mixers for very large projects like pouring concrete pads or foundations for homes and other structures. There are residential size mixers for home projects, and there are mini, portable mixers for smaller projects that are done around the home that are quick and may not require as much work and as much mixing. These are all going to be easy and fast mixers to use.
If you are not sure if you need a mixer or if you need a much larger amount of cement, you can always hire a concrete or cement company to come with a truck to deliver the amount that you need. When choosing your mixer you need to keep your project in mind and choose the right size according to the project that you have to complete.
Your mixer needs are going to be the main thing that dictate what type of mixer you need to either buy or rent. For most projects, a home size or residential mixer is going to be all you need to get your project done and to get your home looking great. If you have trouble choosing the right mixer, contact our team at BN Products today.