We are here to help guide you through how to use a cement mixer properly, with a series of simple steps. We promise it’s not as tough as it looks.
How To Use A Cement Mixer
Pour approximately one gallon of water into the concrete mixer. We pour the water in first to ensure the mix does not stick to the sides of the machine. Make sure that you use the correct amount of water for the cement mix, as specified in the instructions. If you are struggling to find the right concrete mix ratio for your job, you can find our helpful blog on cement mix ratios here. If you add too much water, the cement mix will become too thin and unmanageable. If you do not add enough water to the mix, the concrete will become too thick and will not combine thoroughly. Ultimately, if you use the wrong proportions, the cement mix will end up in the bin.
Open the cement mix bag from the top and pour the entire contents into the cement mixer.
Plug the concrete mixer in and turn it on. The machine will begin mixing the powdered cement mix and water together. If you are working in an area that does not provide power outlets, you can use a generator to run your electrical equipment. Allow the mixer a few minutes to fully mix the contents. You want to ensure that there is no visible powder left. A cement mixers drum continually rotates until it is turned off so that the mixture is constantly moving. This prevents the mix from settling and drying. Leave the cement mixer running for as long as you need it to keep the contents moist and manageable.
Turn the concrete mixer off before pouring out the contents or leaving it unaided.
Pour the fresh cement into a wheelbarrow for easy transportation. Most cement mixers will tip and turn so you can pour the contents out with ease.
Use a shovel to remove the cement from the wheelbarrow to wherever it is needed.
Continue to repeat all of the previous steps to mix enough cement to finish the job.
We told you it was going to be easy! Now you are geared up to operate a cement mixer and know how to mix concrete effectively and with confidence. With practice, you will soon be an expert.
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