Re: [gardeners] Cement mixer?

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 07:04:21 -0600

At 09:22 PM 4/12/98, you wrote:
>At 10:14 PM 4/12/98 +0000, you wrote:
>>George wrote:
>>> Most of the rental places around here have mixers to rent. Don't know what
>>> they cost per day but it should be fairly cheap. I take it you want a
>>> motorized mixer and not the little "kick-it-around" mixer I have seen in
>>> the garden catalogs?
>>Yeup, motorized...electric, not gasoline powered. Not truck mounted. 
>>Something that can be fixed to a stand and used in a potting shed. Big 
>>enough to handle 3-5 cublic feet of soil mix.
>Does your area have something like a "Thrifty Nickel" or "Dime Saver"
>paper? Nothing but personal and classified ads for everything for sale
>including the kitchen sink. Either that or go down to the local hardware
>store and post a notice of what you're looking for. I'll check around here
>in case there's one for sale. You or your folks could pick it up next time
>one of you passes through. Sounds like you're going in the seedling bidness
>big time.
I bought a new one for about $125 at Home Base, similar to Home Depot.  It
was more economical than renting one, Catharine, and we've used it a lot
for mixing potting soil and for making concrete mowing borders for some
flower beds.  Problem with the damned cement is that it comes in 90 lb
sacks.  Vickie O'Keefe has the store load it in her car trunk, then drags
it out onto a wheelbarrow then decants it into a garbage pail because she
makes a lot of hypertufa stuff.  I think her decanting process may be by
the shovelful.  Anyway, you need to keep it dry.  Best, Margaret