Listings for: Cement Mixer Hire

Mixing concrete and mortar by hand is fairly easy to do and offers a good amount of control over the consistency of the mix but a cement mixer will do a better job at making sure there are aren’t any parts of the mix with too much concrete. If you have a large amount of concrete or mortar to mix, it is often worth hiring a small cement mixer to make things easier. Cement mixers, both electric petrol-driven and mixers, are available to hire from most good tool hire companies and should not cost more than about £15 per day of hire, additional days hire are usually cheaper than the first. It’s worth shopping around to find the best deal and is a good place to start.

Preparing to Mix with your Cement Mixer

Planning, as ever with DIY, is the key. Set up your cement mixer as close to where you are working as possible but make sure it’s not too close to anything that might be damaged if it gets splashed with sand and cement. Be sensible here! You need room to work around the mixer and will need to be able to get a wheelbarrow easily to and from the mixer, so don’t sacrifice room to work for the sake of getting the mixer 5ft closer to your job. If you are mixing your mortar or concrete on the street it is a good idea to put down some tarp or similar to make cleaning up after the job easier. If you are using an electric mixer, make sure that cables are protected and not going to trip you or someone else up. Make sure any water buckets are tucked to side to prevent any one tripping over them.

Cement Mixer Safety

Make sure you know how to use the mixer before you begin and ask at the hire shop if you are unsure. Keep the mixer level and tilt slightly forward to bring any gear that hasn’t been mixed at the back of the drum to the front. Never put your hands or your shovel inside the drum while it is rotating. Don’t get too close to the drum when inspecting the mix as you might get splashed in the eye. If you do get splashed in the eye, rinse immediately with water and if needed seek professional advice.

Loading the Concrete Mixer

You should already know what type of mix you will be using for the DIY task at hand. A common concrete mix is one part cement, two parts sand and three parts coarse aggregate. If using combined aggregate, this mix would be 1:4, one part cement to four parts combined aggregate. A typical mix for render would be 3 parts sand to 1 part cement for the scratch coat and 4 parts sand and 1 part cement for the float coat. When mixing render or concrete it is important to make sure you are using the right sand and cement and if you are unsure, the staff at your local builder’s merchants should be able to advise you when buying your materials.

Load half the sand into the drum and give it a dry mix by running the mixer for a minute or two without adding any water. Always add the sand first to prevent the cement sticking to the back of the drum when you add the water. Now gradually add the cement, rest of the sand and water until the mix is looking like thick whipped cream. Let the mixer run for a few more minutes to make sure that all the limps are out and the mix is of an even consistency. If you need to, stop the drum and test your mix to see if it is as required. Position your wheelbarrow under the drum and tip the mix in while the drum is still turning. Be careful when tipping the mix into your wheel barrow as more could end up outside the barrow than inside if you tip the drum too fast. The wheel barrow could also tip over leaving a mess.

Cleaning the Mixer

You don’t have to clean the drum after each mix but you will have to clean it if you are not using the mixer for a long period of time as the mix will set inside the drum and will be difficult to remove. At the end of the day, use water and a couple of handfuls of course aggregate or rubble to scour the remaining cement, etc, from the drum. Then rinse out and scrub with a thick bristled dustpan brush or similar if needed. Returning a mixer with dry concrete or mortar in the drum would mean an additional charge from the hire company.

Concrete Mixer / Cement Mixer Hire York

This is the Cement Mixer Hire category page where you can browse through listings of Cement Mixers for hire from multiple hire companies throughout the UK.

Concrete Mixer / Cement Mixer Hire Birmingham

Hiring a cement mixer can make your life a lot easier when mixer motor or concrete and reduce fatigue compared to mixing on a board on in a wheel barrow. Using a Cement Mixer for hire also mixes render better than by hand and leaves you free to get on with something else of take a breather and rest your back.

Concrete Mixer / Cement Mixer Hire Leeds

After using your Cement Mixer hire you will need to clean out the barrel well with clean water and some rubble. This is because the render will harden and then break off into the mix when you use it again.

There are three power options when choosing your cement mixer for hire, 110v, 240v and petrol. If you are working where there is no power or the power supply is far away then the petrol option is the best.

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