Homemade concrete mixer

Anybody have the link to an article on fashioning a concrete mixer from a washing-machine tub, some pipes, a small electric motor, and, possibly, lard?
Thanks.
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No, but I have a link on building one out of a grain silo, a decommissioned nuclear reactor and lard. ;)
Lard?!
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ho ho, harbor freight ones are so cheap building one probably isnt worth the effort
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Shhh, Bub's making a still.
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HeyBub wrote:

wheeled thing to hold the barrel at a 45 degree angle, put a belt around it and away we go. Oh, yes, the whole thing has to dump out too.
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here's one my neighbor built despite my suggestion of getting one CL
http://www.onlinetips.org/home-made-concrete-mixer
cheers Bob
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fftt wrote:

Thank. I found that but there's no picture, so I'm not sure whether the motor goes inside the drum or outside.
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I didnt realize you were really serious......I thought you were joking.
In my experience, anything more than a 1/2 yard per session is worth getting:
1) a transit mix trailer from a local rental yard (if you have one that supplies concrete) 2) a site mix truck (dry components)
mixing concrete by hand (ie, even an powered mixer) sucks
cheers Bob
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not only that but bought by the truckload concrete is many times cheaper than by the bag, or buying sand cement and gravel.
some years ago concrete at least 5 yards was 75 bucks a yard delivered. the materials to make it near 200 bucks a yard.
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How much concrete are you going to be mixing? There's a small plastic bucket-with-baffles that takes a 60 pound bag of concrete, the lid measures out the correct amount of water, and it's laid down and you kick it back and forth for a minute or so, then pour. It works well, it's cheap, portable, stores easily, etc., etc. http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&cat=2,2180,33222&p=10338
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RicodJour wrote:

That's a possibility. My son wants to replace a 50' sidewalk in front of his house.
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Not for that quantity, unless the guy needs exercise in a bad way. There's almost 2 CY in that sidewalk. Get ready mix. It's not even close to a decision.
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wrote Re Re: Homemade concrete mixer:

Well, 50'x4'x4" = 66 cuft = 104 2/3cuft bags.
You may wich to consider renting a mixer.
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When you calculate the time to go get the mixer, clean it, return it and figure in the higher cost of bagged material, the numbers don't work. Unless there's free sand and gravel on site there really isn't a decision. It'll be cheaper and much faster to just have a ready mix truck pull up and dump it. Couldn't get much easier than placing a sidewalk.
Save the effort for where it will do some good and where it will save some money.
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When you calculate the time to go get the mixer, clean it, return it and figure in the higher cost of bagged material, the numbers don't work. Unless there's free sand and gravel on site there really isn't a decision. It'll be cheaper and much faster to just have a ready mix truck pull up and dump it. Couldn't get much easier than placing a sidewalk.
Save the effort for where it will do some good and where it will save some money.
R

I agree with that. Get a truck to haul it in. There will probably be a minimum load size or aditional hauling cost. Make sure you have an extra area in mind to use the excess concret if there is any.
A couple of years ago I over spent on a yard of concrete but where I wanted it I did not have any other beter choice. I had 50 80 pound bags delivered to the house. It was around $ 250. Then I rented a mixer for about $ 35. I started around 8:00 AM and finished taking the mixer back around 3:00. I only used 43 bags at that time and I had other uses for the other 7 bags. I did have a dropcord to the mixer and water hose also. Just tilted the mixer and poured it into a hole.
I could have bought several yards for the price and had it dumped in the hole and been done in about 30 minuits for what I wanted to do. I knew that going into the project but did not want to wheelbough that much the distance I had to haul it . Steep hill and about 100 feet. I used a riding mower and cart to get the bags from where they dropped it off to where I wanted it .
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Ralph Mowery wrote:

But maybe not. Read a book years ago about the life of the Moscow NY Times bureau chief.
He had a row house/town home in Moscow with an alley behind and garages on the other side of the alley. His garage was the only one without a concrete floor. He asked his neighbor who to call to buy concrete.
"Citizens can't buy concrete," said his neighbor. "Is essential building material. Used only for priorty public purposes! But early tomorrow morning, I show you how."
The next morning they pile into the neighbor's car and drive a good distance out from the city's center to a high-rise housing project that's under construction. After parking the car, the neighbor approaches a concrete-truck driver and money changes hands.
The NEXT morning, even earlier, a concrete truck arrives at the NY Times' guy's house and off-loads the necessary materials, then drives off to the construction site.
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I recently saw one on Craig's List--for free.
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