I bought a hefty cement mixer recently. An old one with lots of steel, even steel wheels. It needs a motor. The drum is pretty good sized, about twice or more what those little ones at HD are. Got the big solid steel ring gear teeth, not the CNC stamped ring.
What sized motor and type should I use? Should I get a reversible one? Thermal protected? Anyone got one laying around like that which would fit in a Priority Mail Flat Rate box?
IIRC, the guy said a one horse came off it. I'll post some pics, as it is a classy piece of iron. Heavy iron. I want to keep the steel wheels that are on there, but I also want to put a tongue on it, and some rubber wheels so I can move it around the property with the ATV.
"Steve B" wrote in news: email@example.com:
Steve, I would put a gas engine on it for a couple of reasons. First, variable speed is nice with a mixer as you can slow it down when adding mix ,(I do not enjoy inhaling concrete dust especially the aggregate as those rocks really hurt) Second, it is also nice to control the rotation speed when your are pouring as it helps prevent splashing the mix around. I tend to slow down the mixer when starting the pour and speeding it up as the drum gets empty.
Also, I have found that while I never intended to use the mixer away from a power source ... well you know how that goes.
I have a Stowe 6 yard mixer and it has an 8 horse Honda that seems to work fine.
About 20 years ago, I found an old Sears 1 bag mixer in a grove. It didn't have a motor. I put a 1/2 hp electric on it. With the mixer, my family and I, SWMBO, a 10 yr. old, a 7 year old and a 4 year old, poured a 2 car driveway, a sidewalk, and a sideyard patio. It worked so well we were lucky to have any grass left in the yard. I knew it was time to dial back when the 4 year old knew the recipe for concrete. These days, I've shaken the concrete addiction, but I still use it now and then to pour pads for AC units and such. The motor will run the mixer all day if necessary w/o overheating - I've sheaved it to about 370 rpm. The sizing was was not high tech - just tech: the mixer had a 14 inch sheave and I had a 3 inch in the junk box. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I mounted the motor on a piece of plywood. With a spring and a couple of pins, I can mount / remove it in seconds. The mixer sits outside and the motor and belt goes to the basement when not needed.
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