2 1/2 years ago I picked up a De Walt spade handle at a pawn shop (date code put at 1999) it is a strait 450 rpm and i have yet to burn it out i mix around 250 # of mortar a week. so that one works pretty well.
I tried my dewalt 2 speed drill on slow and it was turning the mud no problem, started smelling burnt plastic after 10 seconds so i had to shut it down. Hah. I picked up a Dewalt 970 Hammerdrill to try. Though someone on Ebay has dewalt tools 10% off and have the spade handled mixer for $120 I guess i should just grab that
My 14V dewalt battery drill on low with a 3/8 mixer spins mud like a son of a bi*ch. Sometimes you can almost light a cigar off of it when you're done. Even though the poor little brushies are almost all gone, it still works like a champ.
QEP makes one of the best mixers I've ever seen. A hole hawg on low makes a good one too. Today I have two I could use. One's a Chicago Electric, only this one is gray steel instead of orange plastic and says made in USA on the side... I have a Milwaukee hole shooter too. Both turn a mixer pretty well.
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