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Old 08-08-2009, 11:54 AM
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I have used the wheel barrow for all the small to medium batches of mortar, and used a small mixer for larger pours. Found out the hard way a few years prior while building a water feature in the back yard. I could not keep up with tooling and mixing by myself. I had to enlist my neighbor (unwillingly) to keep the mixer going while I worked the batches. I did purchase a small mixer from Home Depot for around $300. and I think I have more than gotten my monies worth out of it. Only problem is the storage of it, but it is really handy when you are working alone. One tip I read in the forum when mixing the refractory mortar and setting the hearth, I used a tablespoon of sugar in the mix which did slow down the cure time and gave me plenty of working time. The Masons mix for the brick setting was plenty creamy and had a long working time as long as it stayed cool in the shade.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:26 PM
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just mixed up 15 80# bags of concrete... in an Odd Job bucket... with my son... in 100 degree heat! Everything went great!!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:40 PM
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100 degree heat! ouch! I used my easy up canopy from my kart racing stuff to tent over the oven and work area and it kept things pretty cool.
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:09 AM
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This is my first post to Forno Bravo, does anyone know how to change your user ID? Anyway, I purchased a yard of concrete from my local landscape supply place for $90/yrd and pulled in their trailer behind my truck. With my son's help we purchased, poured, and finished the base in 2 1/2 hours. That's got to beat hand mixing and probably about the same price. I did it again to pour the block cores (Asked for them to mix it wet) and the hearth slab. It was a little harder when you have to shovel to the top of the slab. This was a huge time saver for me.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:03 PM
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We have mini mix in Australia. I needed 0.4 of a meter (about half a yard) for a concrete hearth. I was going to mix it in my mixer that I own, but it was almost as cheap after buying the stuff to make the concrete and less of a hassle. It cost me $184.00 and I didnt have to spend the time mixing it and it drying out in the mean time.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:56 AM
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By a 2-3 cubic foot electric cement mixer for $250 or so.

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Old 09-25-2009, 09:57 AM
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I'm ready to purchase an electric concrete mixer and have looked at a few models, on-line and in stores ($400-$700). In addition to my planned oven build I have several on-going projects around the house where the mixer will definitely come in handy. I've been mixing concrete in the wheelbarrow for many years and now I'm tired.
I've looked at tri-support mixers and the low profiled ones on large wheels that can be wheelbarrowed. I am unsure as to which type is more practical for general residential use. Thoughts?

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:21 AM
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I am looking at the Lowe's unit. It is about $300.00 here. I have other projects coming as well. I think Harbor Freight has them also, but the Lowe's unit is about the same price and has long legs. I am thinkning a few blocks under the frame will raise it up enough to mix and pour rignt into the hearth form... Labor savings sounds like it will make the unit worth buying
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:27 PM
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I am looking at the Lowe's unit. It is about $300.00 here. I have other projects coming as well. I think Harbor Freight has them also, but the Lowe's unit is about the same price and has long legs. I am thinkning a few blocks under the frame will raise it up enough to mix and pour rignt into the hearth form... Labor savings sounds like it will make the unit worth buying
Hi,

I have not seen the Lowe's unit.....planning on looking at it this weekend. It is not on their website although I called my local Lowe's and they said they have some in stock.
Is the one you looked at come with the poly drum? Is it a wheelbarrow type?

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Old 10-09-2009, 11:13 AM
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Although it's a little more than I wanted to spend I just ordered a Kushlan 600W mixer from Home Depot. I originally scratched this mixer off my list due to the high shipping cost (almost $200). I had just planned on picking up a generic mixer locally.
Home Depot is currently running free shipping deals on web orders so I decided to pull the trigger on this extra capacity, wheelbarrow styled Kushlan mixer.

I've got lots of slabs to pour in sections for my current patio project so this mixer should come in handy.
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