How to Operate a Cement Mixer

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Running a cement mixer may not be as easy as operating a blender--but close. Follow a few steps carefully and in no time you will be whipping up margaritas for party guests on your new patio.

Things You'll Need

  • cement mixer
  • manufacturer's instructions
  • solid
  • level surface
  • electric outlet
  • cement
  • cement mix instructions
  • aggregate rock
  • water
  • shovel
  • Before learning how to use a cement mixer, determine whether your job requires a cement mixer or a mortar mixer. A cement mixer works for mixing cement, which is used for sidewalks or as a base for setting flagstones in an outdoor walk. Use a mortar mixer for masonry work.

  • Read the instructions before operating your mixer.

  • Set up the mixer on a level, solid surface.

  • Read the mixing instructions on each bag of material.

  • Plug the cord into an outlet.

  • Start the mixer before adding material.

  • Add material to the rotating drum.

  • Leave the mixer running the entire time it contains cement.

  • Empty the drum while it is rotating.

  • Turn the drum down to drain all fluids.

  • Wash out all debris from the inside of the mixer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the mix on the dry side until you have added all dry material. Then adjust the mix by adding more water.
  • Do not move the mixer when it is full or in operation.
  • Do not leave as running cement mixer unattended.
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