Northern Industrial Portable Cement Mixer with Poly Drum - 2 Cubic Ft., 250 Watt, Model# PCM185
MY CONCRETE MIXER
I use to rent concrete mixers for my concrete works not realizing that i was spending way more than when I could have just bought my own. Now I have this concrete mixer and I don't have to rush or to get rattled to return, it's already mine and I can use it for even mortar or other concrete mixing works. I'm glad I bought this product. It's excellent for household or even small concreting works, i.e. fencing posts footings, slabs and concrete stairs.
October 8, 2012
Who Wouldn't Want Their Very Own Cement Mixer?!!
So, I had to have one! I purchased this mixer to use for lining a pond my teenage son was digging. We've not completed that task yet, but we have poured many, many bags of concrete mix over the past couple years and she hasn't let us down yet. She mixes quickly and thoroughly, dumps easily like a wheelbarrow, is easy to move when fully loaded. She cleans nicely. Would definitely recommend this product for your small concrete needs.
August 20, 2012
Perfect for jobs around the house
My husband and I researched all possible cement mixers in this size and chose this one. It has turned out to be a great product from the start. We designed a walkway in the back yard and had no problems pouring it (it does really take to people to do the job fast). It maneuvers well and clean up is a breeze. We like the poly tub and recommend that over the metal for our area in Florida, since it stays humid and it won't rust and I can actually hear when I've added just the right amount of water because the cement dropping in the tub makes a particular sound when the mix is perfect. Be sure to follow all preliminary instructions about assembling it and the main bolt. We're on to pouring a front walkway. We've already made concrete benches and stepping stones as well.
October 18, 2011
Mixer works well but a bit small, beats pulling concrete with a hoe .Not bad for the price
October 13, 2011
Good little mixer and great warranty
I purchased this mixer to help me pour 14 footing for a deck I was building. The mixer did a fine job on 80 lb bags of ready mix concrete. The first one I had did break at the spindle and the bucket fell off. The warrantee covered the replacement. I was happy to get this replaced and now I can use this for my next big project.
Make sure to have the mixer level to ensure that you get good mixing and nothing spills out. Some of the other reviews commented that there were spots that did not mix well. I had the same problem until I ensured that the mixer was on a level surface when mixing the concrete. I found adding the water first using a milk jug marked with the correct amount of water made the process quick and easy.
March 21, 2011
A great little mixer.
I bought this mixer in preparation for a fence I built. After using it to mix numerous loads of concrete I feel it has passed the test and warrants a review.
First, this machine will hold an 80lb bag of premixed concrete. The caveat comes when trying to load the entire 80lbs into the machine while it is running (as the instructions tell you); the front opening is a bit on the small side and the mixing bars inside the drum will often snag the bag causing spills and wasting concrete. I found it is better to use the smaller 40lb bags to load the machine (not to mention a *whole* lot easier on your back). The machine will do a fine job of mixing the cement; what I experienced was some of the cement would hang up or stick to the back of the drum requiring you to use a stick to help break it loose to get it mixed. It might be a good idea to spray the inside of the drum with silicon spray before using it ...can't vouch for whether that works or not.
The machine is set up like a wheelbarrow so you can mix and dump directly into your forms ...or, like I did, into a large plastic pan. Be careful if mixing 80lb batches because it does not take much forward tilt of the machine to slosh the concrete out of it ...you just barely lift the back end off the ground to move it forward. Less than 80lb batches should present no problems. Make sure you loop and knot your power cord to the frame of the mixer and then plug the stubby mixer lead into it; I didn't and on my second dump I managed to stand on the cord causing the mixer lead to rip out of the plastic switch box ....fortunately it was easily repaired.
My only skepticism with this machine is the motor and drive. While it seemed up to par with what I was doing, I don't think there is a whole lot of overkill in its design. You must have the machine running prior to emptying a bag of cement into it which tells me the motor is not all that powerful. The gear drive housing can be opened for cleaing and regreasing the gears ...something that will no doubt add to the machines longevity. I took a star off for this.
Overall, it's a great little mixer if used within it's design confines. It is relatively compact (the handles come off for storage) and takes up about the same room in my shed as my 20" pushmower.
November 9, 2009
Great Little Mixer
This is a great little mixer for the decorative vertical concrete I do. Easy cleanup and not really any wasted material. I would say that you have to pay close attention to the mixer when mixing "dry" (not alot of water) batches of concrete for vertical mixes as in what I use. This is only because the drier the mix, the more clumping to one side of the mixer tends to get. Still, I'd definatley reccomend this mixer.
July 22, 2009
This mixer is very stable on un-even surfaces. The poly drum is very durable and light weight. I would highly recomend this product to anyone.
November 26, 2008
Northern Portable Poly Drum Cement Mixer
This mixer is made to dump cement onto the ground. It is not tall enough to dump into a wheel barrow. It is gear-driven by an electric motor and the gears must be kept free of debris and also greased (not mentioned in my owner's manual). When this mixer is loaded moving it around on an uneven surface is not easy because the mixer is somewhat top-heavy. It is best to mix the load at the location that you want to dump it. Also, the metal mixing paddles in the drum must be cleaned thoroughly after use and then lubricated to help prevent rusting. Leaving cement on the paddles and not lubricating them after each use will greatly shorten their life.
Overall, I like the mixer and recommend it for small jobs when you do not have to move the batch after mixing to a location where you do not have access to electric power.
November 18, 2008
good value mixer
I needed a mixer I could get to deep-woods camp. This little unit fit the bill...
The mixer blades come pre-mounted inside the drum, but I was suspicious of the construction. So I filled it with water & let it sit a little. Sure enough it leaked around a few of the bolt holes. Not a serious problem, but I decided to fix it anyway. I took the bolts & leather washers out, added some rtv silicone, & put it back together. This worked fine.
Incidentally, UPS clearly dropped the box, which bent two of the five motor mounting bolts. These are not heavy bolts, & I worried that staightening them would break them, but this didn't happen. Otherwise, assembly was pretty easy.
I put it to work right away, mixing batches almost continually the first day. It is unlikely that you would need to run it so hard, but if you do, I would recommend letting the motor cool about 15 minutes for every 60 of on-time, as the fins get excessively hot under such use.
Since then I use it more sparingly, but it remains reliable. The gearbox does sound a little louder -- a little dry -- now. But there is no grease fitting. I may open it up sometime out of curiosity; if I do I'll add a section to this review.
Summary: For a light-duty unit it's held up quite well.
September 1, 2008