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Old 07-02-2015, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm tired of mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow. I have a sub that digs holes and pours concrete but I can't use him on every job. I'd be using it maybe once every couple weeks.

Here is locally what I have available: Pretty sure they are all crap but, maybe one is better than the others:

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/adva...t-mixer/413663

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/35cu...t-mixer/825216

http://www.lowes.ca/concrete-mixers/...?ProductSlot=1

http://www.lowes.ca/concrete-mixers/...?ProductSlot=3

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/15...-0604050p.html

If someone around Toronto or Durham Region knows of somewhere else to buy a quality cement mixer, I would love to know!

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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Check out your local landscaping supplier or fireplace dealer, or masonry supplier. The ones from the box stores are complete junk.

I've had an Imer Minuteman for 6 or 7 years, and it has been outstanding.

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I have a Kushlan 3/4 hp wheelbarrow type which looks like the second one on your list except mine is orange and that one is blue. The Kushlan are what are at the Home Depot rentals around here carry and I bought mine new from HD about 7-8 years ago.

This machine has been great. I'm sure it has had 2,000+ bags of concrete through it and the only maintenance I've done is to grease it every time we use it. If the Bolten is made by the same company than I would buy it.
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I have a really cool MQ mixer (mix'N' Go) It can be pushed like a wheelbarrow or set on legs to dump into a wheelbarrow. They come with a plastic tub or metal. I've got the metal. It will mix 3 bags at a time
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I got an old one off craigs list a long time ago. still working for $125.00
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I have the 4.0 from Lowe's it's not crap, works fine job after job. Will mix about 4, 60 lb bags at a time. Good luck
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I have a really cool MQ mixer (mix'N' Go) It can be pushed like a wheelbarrow or set on legs to dump into a wheelbarrow. They come with a plastic tub or metal. I've got the metal. It will mix 3 bags at a time
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Allright thanks guys, I will look around when I have a chance. I rented one from HD today, forget the brand. It sits on a tripod, so you can pour into wheelbarrow, electric motor. I know I could do 3+ bags but just did 2 at a time. Put 59 bags through it today, worked great.

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I use two guys and a tarp, most of the time. The Imer Minuteman is a really nice mixer. That's what I rent when I don't have another guy, or a tarp.
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I use two guys and a tarp, most of the time. The Imer Minuteman is a really nice mixer. That's what I rent when I don't have another guy, or a tarp.
Two guys and a tarp? huh. How much can you mix with this and what size tarp? Is it fast? The collapsibility would be excellent. Clever, fold and go, Ha!
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One bag at a time. About one minute per bag including pour. It's an arm workout though. I still find it easier than loading bags in a mixer because you're just dropping the bag on the ground and slicing it.

Mostly I do it because we're done mixing in less time than it would take for me to rent the mixer and return it.
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I just order it pre mixed inside a concrete truck and use a wheelbarrow to put it where I want
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A local outfit has a 4 yard truck. A little smaller than the normal so it will get through most driveways. Sometimes I rent their Georgia Buggy if the HO wont sign off the drive.

I am all about not mixing creet at all. I am a Carpenter for crying out loud !!!!

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I can't say enough about the Imer Minuteman mixer. I've mixed thousands of bags in it.

The wheelbarrow mixers look cool, but in reality I don't think they work as well as you would think.
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We have 5 of the smaller kushland (spelling?) mixers. Once they moved to china the quality decreased, but all of the parts are orderable. We normally run at least 2 80lbs. bags at a time.
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I can't say enough about the Imer Minuteman mixer. I've mixed thousands of bags in it.

The wheelbarrow mixers look cool, but in reality I don't think they work as well as you would think.
They work great. Because they can also be attached to a tripod and dumped in the wheelbarrow.

When using them as a wheelbarrow they sit on the bar in front by themselves, then you just hit the button and it unloads itself into the flooting.
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I just order it pre mixed inside a concrete truck and use a wheelbarrow to put it where I want
So you've never mixed anything by hand?
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Did a 3.5 yd truck pour last weekend and that was soooo much easier than mixing, and less expensive than the bags would've been.
The key was that the truck could reach it.

I don't own a mixer but have rented some.
We usually rent 2 when doing a pad.
They say 3- 80# bags, but we find 2 bags is more real life.

I can actually mix in a wheel barrow faster than the mixer does it's thing....but for only so long...

edit: Remember doing one 2-3 years back that was 2 pallets of 80# bags.
That one hurt...

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Unless it's only a dozen or less bags I will gladly pay the short charge on a ready mix truck.

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