Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 76
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hectoracuna Like a Cuisinart for the handyman.
It's okay if you feel like mixing 1200 pounds of concrete with a shovel and tub. I had such a chore to do on a weekend and chose instead to save my back an let this portable mixed do the hard work for me. Performed admirably. The unit is light enough to roll around, yet heavy enough to handle the load. Assembly was simple. As with your Cuisinart, you might have to scrape the sides of the tub to get all the dry stuff the sticks to the (in)sides. I used a small shovel for that. Not so apprehensive to do those concrete repairs or projects any more. Probably not the unit for a large construction site because of it's capacity, but a great tool for around the ranch.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Great bargain, Great mixer
I didn't know anything about this mixer when I bought it, but the online reviews really helped. I made washers from a water hose for the tub bolts and it doesn't leak. But the instructions are incorrect for the bracket that sets on the verticle pipe from the legs and that the handle bracket bolts to with the long bolt. The highest part of that bracket needs to be in front. This allows the tub to set farther back so that the cement in the back of the tub mixes. I have mixed 2 1/2-50 lb bags in one batch but I limit most of mine to 2-50 lb bags per batch and dump into a wheel barrow to get it to the job. The instructions say not to move the mixer while loaded and that is good advice. Use a wheel barrow. I have mixed 62 bags so far and it is working great. I will attach a pic of the proper orientation of the mounting bracket and a YouTube video of it in operation.
October 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JPA2014 don't hesitate to buy
This is an awesome little mixer. Setup took about 30 minutes max. I did follow advise from other reviews and put hose washers on the barrel bolts that hold the blades. The mixer is super quiet and seems to be well built. It easily handles two 80lb bags. I dumped the mix directly into a wheelbarrow. Not sure how well this mixer would work dumping directly into a form though. The other mixer that's shorter might be better for that. I've run about 40 bags through it so far without a single glitch.
A couple tips:
1) You do need to lift the handles up in order to get the blades fully engaged in mixing. I used a scrap 2X6 about 2ft long. Not a big deal.
2) Make sure you have some water in the barrel before dumping your mix to keep it from sticking.
3) elevate the back of the barrel as mentioned above before dumping mix into the barrel to make it easier on your back.
4) you might want to cover your arm dumping the mix into the barrel as it does get a bit messy.
May 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rich This is a great mixer that is efficient and durable
I have been redoing my back yard since I buried my swimming pool. I planned for a lot of planters, a retaining wall, a vault for a Spa and a concrete patio. The patio is a little beyond my abilities to finish but so far I have mixed and poured 150 60# bags of ready mix concrete and it has been a breeze.
The mixer went together in a snap. I used some rubber washers when installing the blades to prevent any leaking around the bolts and it works great. The mixer is easily moved around where I need it. The barrel position makes it easy to load and the tipping feature works very well for dumping into a wheelbarrow.
I was also able to position the mixer on the edge of my spa vault and simply fill, mix and dump directly into the site without having to transfer to a wheelbarrow. Mixing 3-4 60# bags at a time has really allowed my project to move along quickly.
I highly recommend this mixer.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mda1 Mount it on a tractor bucket.
I was very surprised as I put this mixer together at the high quality of all the components including bolts and clevis pin
Works great. I needed to work on a grade, so I mounted the mixer on the tractor bucket by bolting a 1-1/2" x 24" black iron pipe on the side of the bucked with 2 1/2" bolts. Cement bags in the bucket, and it worked like a dream.
Thanks for previous posts for the tip on putting washers on the mixer blade bolts. This is key
September 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Serg great mixer for the price
couldn't ask for a better mixer for the money spent. I've worked with concrete at work for almost 25 years and just wanted to do some work at home at my own pace without having to get the big truck in the driveway. I read some reviews and used the hose gaskets on the mixing blade bolts for no leaks and always have plenty of water in it before adding any cement/concrete.
June 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LoveDIY Great alternative to renting one
Bought this after reading several reviews and comparing to higher priced units. Had to pour 3 large cement pads for columns to support an elevated deck. Took 48 - 60lb bags of sakrete and about 5 hours. Mixer holds 5-6 60lb bags at a time. The mixer performed exactly as expected. No clogs or hiccups throughout the process. Used the rubber hose washers as suggested in previous reviews. We put them on both the inside and outside of the barrel where the large bolts hold the blades. Easy to assemble and good quality parts. We did have to stop it several times to loosen some dry mix at the bottom of the tub but other than that, no problem. The convenience of having this at our disposal anytime far outweighs the cost compared to renting. We have several separate concrete projects and this will really make planning easier. A previous review suggested elevating the back leg to expedite emptying the mixer completely. When tipped all the way, a small amount of cement is still in the mixer and the angle isn't enough to make it come out. We simply pulled it out with a hoe or our gloved hands. We couldn't get close enough to pour directly into the forms and had to use a chute. Otherwise, we could have elevated the back leg and dumped completed into the form. Great product, great performance. (having a tractor to lift the bags of concret was a real back saver)
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Great Mixer - Instructions are wrong
*** The bracket assembly instruction in the manual are wrong and is the reason some have mentioned the problem of having to lift the handle and poor mixing. If you look at the picture the tension bolt should be in the back as the picture correctly indicates. This is further proved by looking at the picture on the box as you can clearly see the slope of the bracket should go away from the wheels.
My first few bags did not mix well, see above, but after turning the bracket around this mixer performs wonderfully. I've already run ~60 x 60lb bags through and it performs like a champ. I am mixing 4 bags at a time and getting great results.
The only con I have is that it's a little tall for me at 5'7" I have to get on a stool to get a nice poor into the mixer but that's something I've dealt with my entire life. Also lifting the bags that high can get tedious.
February 27, 2014