How to Use an Electric Concrete Mixer - Correctly and Safely
Are you laying slabs or bricks? Or maybe even creating a concrete pad? If the answer is yes, then you are definitely going to need one of these!
This is an electric concrete mixer, and you can hire these from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.
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 come ready to go. You will 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.
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When you hire your concrete mixer from Speedy, it will arrive like this, attached to two wheels, which is helpful when you’re moving your mixer into position or mixing and tipping concrete directly into a particular area. However, if you need to tip the concrete into a wheelbarrow, you’re going to need to use the stand.
The stand will come in 3 parts and it’s really easy to put together, you simply align these two sections and then drop the pin through the middle and then insert the safety pin.
This concrete mixer is really heavy, so if you need to lift it onto the stand, make sure you get someone to help, it’s also really important that you wear the correct PPE when operating this piece of equipment, eye protection, safety boots, gloves and a dust mask are essential. Any PPE you require can be purchased from Speedy.
Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three different types of plug a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged directly into any household socket. A yellow 110v plug that will require a transformer or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit, but don’t worry whatever you require your Speedy Service Centre will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment and no matter the shape or size of your transformer or RCD plugging it in will be exactly the same, simply lift the flap and push in the plug.
A few tips for using the concrete mixer, when the mixer is on its stand, you can rotate it 360 degrees as well as tilt it to empty the contents into a wheelbarrow, it’s really important that when you tilt the concrete mixer you pull this lever underneath it. This will lock the stand in position and prevent the concrete mixer from falling backwards whilst it’s being emptied.
Before you load anything into the concrete mixer you should always have it running, never fill the concrete mixer whilst it’s off. Turning this on and off is effortless and can done by simply pressing the switch at the rear of the concrete mixer.
Once you’ve finished with the concrete mixer it’s really important that you clean it out to prevent anything from drying hard to the barrel, as this can damage the concrete mixer.
To clean the barrel just spray some clean water in it and leave it for a minute or two, once emptied, you might want to repeat the process a couple more times to ensure nothing is left behind.
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 happy to help, and remember to always check the safety guidance before you use any hire product.
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