What is a mandatory concrete mixer

Concrete mixer comparison 2021

If you take a look at a concrete mixer test, you will notice that many tests differ according to the type of mixer. So that you know which concrete mixer is the right one for you, we have explained the different types in detail below in the text. With the right item, you can mix your own concrete without the help of a company based in the market.

When choosing a particular model, pay particular attention to the drum volume in l and a suitable motor power in w, so that it is ensured that the mixer can move the full drum without any problems. For a large mixer with one Capacity of 165 liters the cement mixer motor should have a Power of at least 800 watts exhibit. Depending on the capacity and size of the concrete mixer, the weight in kg is between 40 and 80.

Safety first! Safety shoes, work gloves, protective goggles and the mandatory construction site helmet should also be part of the standard equipment on the private construction site. Also note that cement and screed can cause severe burns to the skin.

The protection class (IP) shows how well the concrete mixer can handle spray water and grains of sand. A protection class of at least IP 44 is recommended for use on private construction sites.

The agitator and wheels of the concrete mixer must be secured when not in use.

The size of the pouring wheel determines how comfortably the concrete mixer drum can be emptied. A good workmanship of the wheels however, it ensures a high level of mobility in the long term. But also pay attention to the size of the footplate, because this ensures a secure stand even on soft ground.

1.1. The different types of concrete mixers at a glance

Free-fall mixers, also known as drum mixers, dominate in concrete mixer tests. Popular models are, for example, the Atika concrete mixer Dynamic 165 or the Lescha concrete mixer LIV MLS 165 NG FU.

Concrete mixers for tractors or concrete mixers with pumps, on the other hand, are only used in agriculture and in the professional sector.

To make the distinction easier, we have the three main concrete mixer types briefly described in the following table.

Concrete mixer typedescription
Free-fall mixer
  • well suited for private use
  • Capacity: 63 to 165 liters
  • easy handling and easy cleaning
  • small models available from around € 150
Compulsory mixer
  • for professional use on construction sites
  • Capacity: 100 to 200 liters
  • perfect mixing result - also very good for mortar, plaster, etc.
  • refurbished mixers available from around € 1,300
Truck mixer
  • Concrete mixer truck for use on (large) construction sites
  • delivers large quantities of concrete to order
  • very fast filling of large areas
  • there is no need for manual mixing and filling

1.2. Is there also a cement mixer for children?

Children on the construction site

When a house is built, the little ones want to be there too. A construction site is exciting and dangerous at the same time. Therefore, children must be constantly supervised on the construction site - even if the little ones seem to be busy with their toy cement mixer.

A wide variety of toy concrete mixers are offered so that even small construction workers get their money's worth and can mix like the big ones.

The offer rich of the small Concrete mixer for children made of plastic from the toy concrete mixer truck to the fully functional toy concrete mixer in which sand and mud can be mixed and dumped to your heart's content.

1.3. Rent a cement mixer: advantages and disadvantages in comparison

If you have already decided on a model from a current concrete mixer test, but are afraid of it, for a one-time project Alternatively, to buy a cement mixer, you can borrow a cement mixer.

This service is often from hardware stores and construction machinery rental companies offered. We have briefly summarized the advantages and disadvantages you should expect when renting a cement mixer in the following table.

  • no long-term storage space required
  • The device can be returned after the work has been completed
  • Maintenance and repairs are carried out by the rental company
  • cheaper than buying a cement mixer for short projects
  • with a longer rental period it quickly becomes expensive
  • As a rule, the renter is liable for damage to the device
  • Concrete mixer must be picked up / returned
  • Device selection mostly limited to a few models
  • under certain circumstances no mixer available in the requested period