Foundation, Concrete and Earthquake Engineering

Concrete Mixers: Basic Information

For all kinds of construction jobs a concrete mixer is needed. Also know as cement mixer, a concrete mixer is a devise where various materials like cement, sand, gravel and water are mixed to produce concrete which is used for paving, flooring, wall cladding and other construction work.

How does it works?

It consists of a revolving drum which is used to mix all the components. A cement mixer has a revolving drum, attached with a motor and all the mixing components are put inside the drum. When the motor starts, the materials spin inside the drum and get mixed together evenly. They remain soft for application and forming.

Types of Concrete Mixers
  • Concrete mixers without hopper
    Concrete mixers without hopper and Concrete mixers with mechanical hopper
       A)  Concrete mixers without hopper         B) Concrete mixers with mechanical hopper
  • Concrete mixers with mechanical hopper
  • Concrete mixers with hydraulic hopper
Sizes of Concrete Mixers
There are different sizes of concrete mixers ranging from the portable machine or mini mixer to the large sized commercial mixing truck. A portable mixer is used for smaller volume works where the concrete is produced at the construction site itself. On the other hand, the big concrete making trucks are used for large scale construction.
Concrete mixers with hydraulic hopper

Regular maintenance of concrete mixers is very essential for smooth functioning of the equipment. It is necessary to keep a constant check on the concrete mixer parts so that they are good working condition. They should be stored properly when not in use.

Buying Tips
  • First of all, check out why do you need the concrete mixer. For a job of small duration, you can get it for rent. For longer duration and regular usage, you can purchase one.
  • Next you have to know for what purpose you need the machine. For small construction or landscaping job, the best is to go for a portable cement mixer which can be electric powered or gas powered.
  • For large scale construction jobs like laying a driveway or paving a floor or other heavy construction work, go for a concrete mixer truck.
  • The price is an important factor to consider.
  • You can also opt for used concrete mixers if they are in good condition.
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  1. Great article with basic knowledge about concrete mixers. Readers can better understand with the help of the picture you have added here. Thanks for this informative blog.
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  2. Yes, I agree.
    We forget the importance of Maintenance; maintenance on truck and parts is as important as taking care of your body.
    I like that you should RENT if you are not doing a large job.
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  4. I want to build my own driveway. My kids need a smooth surface to ride their bikes on. How much would it cost ot rent a cement mixer and all the supplies?


  5. I'm looking for a concrete mixer. Right now I'm working on re paving my driveway. It's useful knowing what to look for when shopping for a mixer. It will be good to know the correct type and size I should buy.
    Paul O. Herman |

  6. It's kind of cool to see different kinds of concrete mixers. I really haven't seen the small ones around much, since all the construction in my area requires a large amount of concrete. It seems like there's a new mixing truck driving through every week.
    Keara Littner |

  7. Concrete mixers are used in small construction projects and are conveniently mobile. These Mixers can be applied to an area with no electricity. It has a suitable structure that increases reliability and evened mixing.

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