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    Platinum Member Pooh_Bear's Avatar
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    Default Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Here are some pictures of the Concrete Mixer I built
    using a 55 gallon polyethylene drum.

    Here is the mixer itself. You can also see the sand/gravel mix
    that I get from down at the river to make concrete with.



    Here is a front view of the mixer. The battery you see hanging there
    is a counterweight to help me dump the drum when it is full.



    Here is a close up view of one of the paddles inside the drum.



    Here is part of the drive system for the mixer.
    A 1725 RPM 1.5HP motor drives a 50:1 RA gearbox via a LoveJoy coupler
    and the gearbox has a 3 inch sprocket on it and drives a 4.5 inch
    sprocket on the drum shaft using a #50 roller chain.
    Gives me a final drum speed of about 23 RPM.



    Here are some of the paving block molds I have poured.
    They are 12inches by 12inches x 3.5 inches thick.



    And here is what I have been doing with them so far.
    Making a walkway from my parent's house front steps to their driveway.



    So far this thing works great.

    Pooh Bear

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    Super Member schmism's Avatar
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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    are those off the shelf replacement paddles for a simular type mixer?
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Elite Member DieselPower's Avatar
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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    That's a very ingenious and interesting setup you have there. How much do you estimate you can make at one time?

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    Platinum Member Pooh_Bear's Avatar
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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    The paddles were cut from a big piece of flat metal.
    They are bolted in place using L brackets from the hardware store.
    And they are not angled. Just straight with the drum.

    I mix about 1.5 cubic feet per batch.
    20 shovels of sand/gravel and 5 shovels of concrete.
    Just enough so that one batch makes 4 paving blocks.
    Any more than that and it gets too heavy to dump.
    If I was strong enough I could probably mix 3 cf per batch.
    Max capacity is just over 4 cubic feet.

    Those mixers you see at Lowes and Home Depot and Tractor Supply,
    they have 3.5 CF drums but will only mix about 1.5 CF of concrete.
    A CF of concrete is about 150# and it says on the box "will mix up to 220#."
    So don't be fooled by those 3.5 CF drums.

    My mixer is not very portable. Unless you have a forklift.
    The base of it is made out of old pallets.
    I can use the tractor to drag it around the yard by a chain.
    I figured for just making paving blocks it can just sit in one place.

    Pooh Bear

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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Afternoon Pooh Bear,
    Very ingenious ! And budget oriented also ! Thanks.
    scotty

    ,,,course,,it is gas,and gas is,,well,gas,,so,,but it kills the @#$$ oughta them yellow jackets,,,thingy

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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Holy smokes that's a great idea! I've been thinking about some way to mix potting soil easily...I think I just found it!

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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Pooh_Bear

    Pooh Bear

    Neat! Step aside MacGyver, Pooh Bear's taking over !

    What could you make with a pack of bubble gum, a soda can and the spring from a ballpoint pen ?

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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    That's a great setup you engineered there Pooh. Impressed with you utilization of resources..... You are a thinking man!

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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by DMF
    Holy smokes that's a great idea! I've been thinking about some way to mix potting soil easily...I think I just found it!
    DMF for potting soil.

    Get your self a snap ring drumb and put the matieral in it, then lock the lid, lay it on its side and push it around for a few minutes till it is mixed. I mean push it with your tractor.
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    Default Re: Home Made Concrete Mixer Pictures

    Pooh, I really dig the battery counterweight! I think rednecks just got themselves a new king! Very ingenious.

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