How to Use a Small Cement Mixer

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How to Use a Small Cement Mixer
Using a cement mixer is better than mixing cement by hand. (cement mixer image by Joann Cooper from

Mixing cement is not the most difficult thing, but you will definitely want to use a cement mixer rather than do it by hand. The mixers come in various shapes and sizes, but smaller mixers are easier to handle. You can purchase or rent the cement mixer, making sure you understand the instructions for its use. One main thing to keep in mind is the amount of cement you will be mixing. If it is too large or too small of an amount, it will not mix properly.

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Things you need

  • Cement mixer
  • Goggles
  • Measuring cup
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Portland cement
  • Water
  • Wheelbarrow

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    Plug the cement mixer in, tilt the drum at an upward 45-degree angle and then turn on the machine. The angle allows you to easily pour in the cement ingredients and watch as they mix. Put on safety goggles to keep sand and cement out of your eyes.

  2. 2

    Measure out 4 cups of sand and 4 cups of gravel and add them to the mixer. Add a small amount of Portland cement to the mix to begin softening it up and turning it into a paste.

  3. 3

    Add only a few drops of water to moisten the mixture. Keep an eye on the mixer as it combines all of the elements. Add more water if you see the cement sticking to the inside of the drum. If the cement does not move up the side of the drum as it continues to mix, it is too wet and you will need to add more sand and gravel to even it out.

  4. 4

    Turn the mixer off once the mixture is fully combined, and then place a wheelbarrow underneath the drum opening. Pour the cement into the wheelbarrow, and tilt the wheelbarrow toward the area you will be covering with cement.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the mixer stands on firm and steady ground for full support so it will work properly and not tip over.
  • Never place tools or body parts into the drum while the mixer is turned on and in motion.

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