How to choose your mixer?
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Tired of wearing out your arms mixing your paints, coatings, mortars or wax? Get an electric mixer! Its rod, equipped with a helical blade or paddles, will effortlessly take over the mixing of all your liquid products! No more unnecessary efforts!
- Maximum mixing capacity
What is a mixer?
The mechanicle operation behind a mixer, also referred to as a stirrer, is quite simple: a motor rotates one or more rods equipped at their end with blades or paddles, depending on the product in need of mixing.
Different characteristics for different jobs?
Depending on whether it is paint or mortar, the appliance will have different characteristics. Let’s take a look at the important factors to help you choose the right one!
A certain amount of power will be required depending on your specific line of work. This value is obtained in relation to the machine's torque: high torque allows a greater mixing force. A mixer's power can range anywhere from 800 to more than 8,000 watts for industrial mixer models. For a versatile tool that can tackle a lot of projects and work on any and all materials, go for at least 1,300 watts.
The second factor to be determined is the mixing capacity, indicated in kilos on the product's notice. It outlines the maximum weight that you can mix without risk of the motor overheating or accidents. There's no need to have a 90 kg capacity for that occasional job at home, 30 kg is more than enough!
One last factor; a mixer is also characterized by its rotational speed, in revolutions per minute (rpm). High-end models can often exceed 700 rpm, but 500 rpm is perfectly suited for any purpose, as long as the motor is of high quality. A fraction more rpm is required for models equipped with electric gears, allowing you to select the speed. Slow speed is used for thick materials like masonry paint and the faster speed is ideal for mixing paint, for example.
Buying advice: a mixer with a progressive start feature is a wise purchase, as it will avoid half of whatever liquid you're working with from ending sprayed across the walls!
Equipping your mixer: spindles, blades and paddles
There are two varieties of mixers: single-spindle and double-spindle. The advantage of this last model is a significant of time saved by the user. They are particularly suitable for thick and heavy products with their dual spindles generally turning in opposite directions to improve the mixing efficiency. However, single-spindle models are the most common and should be able to efficiently complete any requirement.
Blades and paddles
At the end of the spindle is installed either paddles or blades. Why two different tools? Simply because a blade is intended for handling thicker materials than the paddles, such as tile adhesive, mortar, patching etc.
The attachment can rotate right or left: it mixing from the bottom up or vice versa. Some spindles have a blending tool attached, while others have the exact opposite, with a welding attachment. Up to you decide if you have enough room to store the different attachments! Before purchasing it, check the spindle's thread to make sure it is standard, or M14, to avoid disappointment later on!
- The maximum diameter accepted by the mixer. 120 mm, 140 mm, 160 mm...be careful not to exceed the maximum diameter! The diameter is often based in relation to the volume of liquid to be mixed;
- The spindle's maximum mixing capacity. If you attempt to mix too large of a volume, you will end up with a beautifully slanted spindle!
Mixer and comfort level
The handle, as the appliance can be operated with one or two handles. The two handled models provide greater stability and allow for precision mixing.
The weight, which can range from 3.5 kg up to 8 kg for portable models. A lightweight model is more convenient if your line of work requires constant movement.
An airtight seal will determine your mixer's level of water and dust protection.
For casual use, there's no need to go for the top of the food chain! However if the mixer will be engaged in professional use, it's a factor to consider if the machine is often exposed to those elements.
A battery-powered model... simple gadget or brilliant innovation? It is up to you to determine if this feature is in line with your usage, taking into consideration that the price is quite high on current markets, so it's generally reserved for professionals who can afford to invest!
Let's summarise: the mixer
When in the process of refurnishing your toolbox, choosing a mixer is not the hardest task you will encounter, especially if you keep these simple tips in mind! Define its precise use before anything else, and do not hesitate to upgrade. If the manufacturer's instructions for use are folllowed, everything should work perfectly!
Happy mixing to all!
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After a few years plying my trade in the construction industry, I decided it was time to get my national vocational qualification (NVQ) in carpentry. Although I enjoyed doing everything from renovations and painting to flooring and tiles, I found my true passion lay in working on a timber frame or designing a wooden house.
Everything about woodworking fascinates me. In fact, my dream is to one day build my own house in wood!
I’m also really into learning about new building techniques and tools: I stay up on all the latest innovations and tips and tricks, and spend a lot of my free time researching the performance of each new tool on the market, whether it’s for woodworking or some other building material. I'd be happy to put my knowledge to use by advising you and helping you with your choices.
Happy DIYing, everyone!
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