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The term concrete mixer can be used to describe a wide variety of equipment. At the light end of the market is the humble rotating barrel which can have a drum capacity of as little as 30 litres (or 0.03m3), is normally electric powered and comes with its own stand. As the drum capacities rise past about 100 litres (0.1m3) petrol engine versions start to make their mark and allow the mixer to be totally self-contained. As drum capacities reach 150 – 200 litres (0.15 – 0.2m3) diesel engine versions start to appear and this size of machine is usually mounted on a wheeled stand.

The mixer drums have a hard life because on-site, set concrete is often removed with a club hammer. This has prompted some manufacturers to make the drums in plastic in preference to metal.
At around 250 litres capacity (0.25m3) the work of loading and unloading the mixer can become quite demanding so pan mixers start to be more acceptable as their ‘drum’ is easier to load by mechanical means. The production capacity of these machines means they are also used for mixing other materials such as plaster.

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As the capacity rises still further the concrete mixing system is usually mounted onto a truck or purpose-built chassis. Of late ‘volumetric’ mixers have become popular. These truck mounted units have separate hoppers for sand, aggregate and cement and mix the required volume and proportions once they have arrived on the site. 
Some of the better known companies in this market include: Belle, Baromix, Imer, Winget, MBW, Sicoma, Pemat, Teka, Liebherr, Utranazz, Cemen Tech, Nurock and Zimmerman.

Choosing a Concrete Mixer

Today's market for used concrete mixers is wide, with sizes and designs to suit almost any requirement. Construction sites offer many different environments, and there are concrete mixers to cater for all situations. These might include a 4x4 concrete mixer for work on rough terrain, which is often found on many construction sites. You could also go for a hand-fed machine if you are looking at smaller jobs to mix on site. Getting it right is important for efficiency and budgets, so here are some areas to consider when choosing a second-hand concrete mixer.

What Volume of Concrete Will You Require?

This is an obvious but important question. You will find a large choice of capacities available, and selecting the largest one does not always make sense. If you mostly work on smaller jobs, it may be better to opt for a smaller machine so that you can mix smaller batches and reduce waste of concrete to a minimum. Clearly, large contractors may be looking for high-capacity machines that can keep up with demand on the site. Remember, though, that too much spare capacity will cost money, and it may be better to size the machine to cope with the majority of workloads and opt to hire a machine for the odd job that needs a greater capacity.

Should You Go for a Batch Machine or Continuous Supply?

The two basic types of concrete mixer are that of batch mixer or continuous mixer. When you are working on large sites with constant concrete demand, then a continuous concrete mixer is the best option. These are sometimes also called volumetric mixers. With this type of mixer, the concrete constituents of aggregate, cement and sand are continuously fed into the machine in the correct proportions to offer a steady supply of available concrete. A batch concrete mixer, on the other hand, offers the flexibility of producing concrete just when you need it, albeit at usually smaller volumes than the continuous machine.

Think About the Location of the Site

Clearly, the concrete mixer needs to be accommodated on the site. If it is a site with rough or unfinished ground, then a 4x4 machine is probably the best bet. Also, if you are just looking for quick local production, then a self-loading concrete mixer could be the right choice. The market also includes standard transit concrete mixers, self-loading concrete truck mixers and dry concrete batching plants. There are also a number of accessories to consider, such as cement silos, truck-mounted concrete pumps, reversible drum mixers, trailer-mounted concrete pumps, remixer agitators, weigh hoppers, pan mixers and boom pumps.

For many contractors, the concrete mixer is a key piece of plant. It allows the job to progress at the speed required and is vital in meeting all of those deadlines. Sizing the unit properly will help greatly with budgeting and achieving competitive quotes, which are so important in securing business. The concrete mixer itself is generally a simple and hard-wearing piece of plant, requiring only fairly basic maintenance. However, budgeting for a service agreement is always a good idea.

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