Choosing the Right Mixing Option: Continuous, Batch or Hand Mixi

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Bryce Gapinski, Product Manager, ToughTek Mortar Equipment, Graco / Content Provided by Graco Inc.
August, 2017

Historically, concrete mixing meant combining sand, cement, lime and water in various ratios to make mortar to apply to building projects. The “recipes” for these mixtures were rarely precise and could change in consistency depending on who was doing the measuring and mixing. Today, pre-blended materials are more popular, with manufacturers selling dry materials that have been mixed according to calculations to assure the appropriate strength of the final product.

These pre-blended mixtures become mortar through the “just add water” process, but there are numerous ways to incorporate the water into the dry mix. Each bag of dry mix includes a manufacturer’s recommendation for how much water needs to be added, but the contractor is ultimately responsible for the combination. Traditional hand mixing, batch mixing and continuous mixing give contractors options when choosing how to mix material on the job site. Here’s how they break down.

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