How to Use a Paddle Mixer - Correctly and Safely

If you have plaster, adhesives, paint or mortar to mix, then why not make the job as easy as possible and hire a paddle mixer? You can hire paddle mixers from Speedy, the UK’s number-one hire company.

Paddle mixers are great for the quick mixing of smaller amounts of substance. the paddle features rotating blades to ensure everything is left well mixed and free from lumps.

A couple of good things to remember when hiring from Speedy: all our hire equipment is checked, tested, cleaned and serviced before every hire and will all come ready to go. You’ll also notice a folder attached to your hire product, these are the safety and operating instructions, please make sure you read these before you begin your job.

Before you use a paddle mixer you must wear the correct PPE. Gloves and eye protection are essential when operating tools and any PPE you do require can be purchased from Speedy.

Don’t worry--whatever your chosen paddle mixer requires, your local Speedy Depot will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment.

Speedy Top Tip! Please Watch our How-To Use a Paddle Mixer Video below:


Step 1:

When you collect or take delivery of your paddle mixer, it will arrive with the paddle already attached. All paddle mixers have multiple speed settings and two or more gears. Read through the instructions and safety information before you begin.


Step 2:

Connect your paddle mixer to the power source. Most are electric, so plug it into your mains or generator.

Any mains-powered equipment that you hire from Speedy can come with one of three different plugs:

  • a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged into any household socket
  • a yellow 110v plug that will require a transformer
  • or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit


Step 3:

When you're ready to use the paddle mixer, always ensure you are holding both handles with a firm grip. Insert the paddle mixer blade into the solution which will have to be mixed before turning it on.

Squeezing the trigger on the paddle mixer will start the product. Above the trigger is usually a small lock button; pushing this in will keep the power on meaning you can release the trigger allowing mixing for longer periods to be more comfortable.


Step 4:

The speed can be adjusted by turning the wheel on the paddle mixer forwards for faster and backwards for slower. Always start at a slower speed and work your way up to the desired speed setting, as too fast could fling the contents of your bucket across the room.

If what you are mixing is really thick, then you can move up a gear from low to high. This will provide the paddle mixer with much better traction.


Step 5:

A good tip for when you have finished with the mixer is to clean the paddle after each use by simply rotating it in a bucket of clean water. This will prevent any mixture from drying hard on the paddle and damaging it.


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If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always available to help, and remember to always check the safety and operating guidance before you use any hired product.

Thank you for reading the Speedy blog. We hope you found this How-To Use a Paddle Mixer Guide useful. For further inspiration and help with your DIY projects please visit our Skills and Projects page today.

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