• I like to place a large plastic tarp underneath the cement mixer to
protect the surface that the cement mixer will be sitting on. If you're
going to use your cement mixer on top of a concrete driveway or
sidewalk, this could prevent any cement spillage from staining these
• Be careful when shoveling into the cement mixer, while it's rotating.
While shoveling sand, cement and gravel into the cement mixer, I have
actually got my shovel caught and pulled away from me as it rotates and
whacks me on the head. This has happened to me more than once, so be
careful and tried to avoid sticking the shovel into the moving cement
• Make sure that your electrical cord isn't positioned around any water.
Since you're going to be using water and electricity to mix your
concrete, you should make sure that your electrical cords are positioned
safely away from the water.
• Never add too much water while mixing the concrete. Excessive water
can cause cracks and will remove some of the structural strength from
the finished product.
• Electric cement mixers can be rented at your local rental yards for
those people who are only going to use them if you times.
• After you empty the cement mixer, spray the inside mixing drum with
water to clean off any extra cement mix. This will prevent it from
drying around the inside of the cement mixer drum and accumulating more
buildup during the day.
• When mixing concrete on hot days, pay attention to any cement buildup
that could be drying on the interior or exterior of the cement mixer.
During warmer days, the concrete will build up and dry faster than
cooler ones inside and outside of the cement mixing drum.