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 10-05-2005, 16:12 Post: 117430
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Has anyone here had any experience with the 1/3 yard PTO mount concrete mixers? I've got a little electric 1.5 cf mixer, and it is fine for smaller projects, but I've got a lot of 'mid size' (1-2 yards max) projects around the backside of my house, meaning I either need to mix it back there or pump it. I think I could cover the cost of the mixer in saved pump fees, while the concrete cost is about the same (if you count my back) Smile. The advantage is that I can do these 2 yard projects without having to stack up 3-4 of them and pour them all at once, with the additional manpower that requires. Right now, concrete is rationed here, but I can buy bagged cement all day. Homeowners pretty much can't buy concrete, only the bigger concrete contractors are getting on the waiting list. Plus you pretty much can't get a pump truck here and out for less than $350.00. (That was for a 12 minute footings pour!).

How well do they work? Any recommendations (there appears to be 2 'main' models. I would need a remote for raising the bucket back up, is there a simple setup I could plug into my BH90 connector ports to give me a valve that I could hook up the single action cylinder to?

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 10-05-2005, 16:57 Post: 117434
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Not sure if these are too big for what you want but Nick over on "The Smart Farmer" has them for $850. I have never used one but sure does look like it could make pouring cement a LOT easier. My last cement job I mixed up 20 100lb. bags myself with a wheelborrow, shovel, and garden hose. I may consider a cement truck next time. You are definitely right about the back saving part. ;O)






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 10-05-2005, 17:10 Post: 117436
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I have been lusting over the years but not bought one yet. I like the idea of the spiral mixers as they have a higher dump height. I posted information about a model made in NA a little while back.
They make a PTO cement pump also depending on the size of the job.






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 10-05-2005, 17:25 Post: 117437
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That is exactly what I'm thinking of - At about the right price I think. Mixing 1.5 cubic feet at a time get's old, and it's impossible to pour anything other than a tiny porch stoop without getting a cold joint. I think with a buddy we could pour a yard or two mixing in in 1/3 yard batches pretty quick.

Perhaps Art can help me figure out the cheap way to add a remote to my BH90 hookups to run this? Smile

This board is well worth the price.

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 10-05-2005, 20:39 Post: 117446
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There is something a miss with the smartfarm add. The mixer is not likely 12 cu. ft. unless they are talking the full volume of the drum. You would likely only be able to mix 4.5 to 5 cu. ft. I added a similar design from a different manufacturer. The one from the smartfarmer looks like the worksaver one.






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 10-05-2005, 20:44 Post: 117447
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On an ad for a similar one (with an 11.3 CF drum) they indicated that you'd get say 70% of what the volume was in in the drum in concrete, and that a 12cf would produce 8cf of concrete, as the sand/cement filled in the voids between aggregates. The 12CF size making 8 cf of cement would work out pretty good, since that will be close( exactly?) one 92lb sack of cement per mixer run. Only have to meaure sand and aggregate.

That explains a lot, like why my 3cf mixer really only does 1.5 or so... Smile






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 10-05-2005, 21:10 Post: 117448
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Check out the prices at Agri-Supply. They have the best price I've seen on a 1/3 yard 3-pt mixer. Comes with the hydraulic dump cylinder, which is a must have item.






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 10-05-2005, 21:29 Post: 117452
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If you compare the pictures I think the unit is the Worksaver. If this is the case it is recommended for 5 cu. ft. The Pronovost is 6.2 cu ft and appears to be a much larger unit. The provost would not require you to add another hydraulic control. I posted the price on the Teagle.






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 10-06-2005, 08:27 Post: 117458
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We have much the same problem on a pretty regular basis, except where we need to pour is not "around the backside of my house" they are a mile or more out into a golf course.

In our case we finally decided that instead of making a bigger mess on-site by mixing, etc., where we want to pour, we make the concrete, or have a truck in, and then carry it to the site in a small dump trailer behind a tractor.

We already have the trailer, so buying one is not an issue to us, but if you had a few jobs to do, you could justify at least the cost of the 3pth mixer worth of the price towards the cost of a dump trailer.

Besides, I would guess that the average user will get a LOT more use out of a dump trailer than they would a mixer.

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Murf;
In my case I am thinking before acting, but why would I need to make a mess on site? If I have the mixer on my tractor why can't I have my materials in a solid area such as a parking area. I can load the mixer, travel the distance to the site and dump my load.






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