I've used a drum mixer for mortar, as I said before usually really dry stone mud and what I have to do is use a shovel and reach in every so often and pull the stuff off the sides. Not something for production work that's for sure, you need to baby sit it and on top of that you don't get much mud from a batch.
When I use a stow mixer (which will be soon again) I use this ice scraper (there is another one called the ice hog I think too) to clean the mixer. Stand right up on top of it and scrape the sides after each batch.Man I need to barrow your laborer for a day to hold a tutorial on keeping my equipment CLEAN!!
I use mine for mortar all the time, mostly because I'm cheap and don't want to pick up a paddle mixer yet.I have a drum, but all I mix is concrete. I tried mortar one time, didn't work so well
I just run water in it and scrape the sides with an old trowel (after it's shut off)When I use a stow mixer (which will be soon again) I use this ice scraper (there is another one called the ice hog I think too) to clean the mixer. Stand right up on top of it and scrape the sides after each batch.
It cant be used with the stone's because of the rubber seal being exposed inside the drum.
Anyhow, the sides and bottom stay clean without banging.
You guys got it good. We have ACOE and mortar testing agency viewing our process daily. We've come up with some very ingenious methods through the years. We're always under the microscope.I use shovels or sometimes pails. 20 heaping shovels of sand, if a labourer can count to 10 twice he's hired. Or 4.5 pails of sand if for whatever reason the sand and mixer aren't beside each other