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7 things you can manufacture using a forced action mixer

Forced action mixers are versatile for a range of applications

SoRoTo forced action mixers are made to the highest quality so that they can handle use for multiple applications in the toughest of environments.

Many UK contractors and tradespeople are dependent on forced action mixers in order to do their job.

This blog post explains 7 things that pan mixers can be used for.

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Forced action mixers can be used for resin bound gravel, plaster, mortar, concrete, paint, screed and more.

7 things you can make using a forced action mixer

The beauty of a forced action mixer is that it can mix everything that other mixers can – and more.

The pan mixers are used for creating a homogenous mix. It is recommended for mixing a wide range of materials – and is an essential for the housing and construction industry.

SoRoTo portable pan mixer in use
A forced action mixer is a construction industry essential.

1. Using a forced action mixer for Resin bound gravel

Forced action mixers are the only choice for resin bound gravel. 

The mix is ideal for creating driveways, pathways, patios and steps. The solution is strong, permeable and attractive.

It is made by mixing together an expertly formulated polyurethane-based resin binder with washed and kiln-dried decorative aggregates (44 colours available) in a forced action mixer.

It is easy to manufacture:

  1. Place one 25kg bag of aggregates (2-5mm) and one 25kg bag of 1-3mm aggregates into the mixer.
  2. Add the pre-mixer resin.
  3. Add two 25kg bags of 2-5mm aggregates into the mix.
  4. Add the contents of C52 sand to the mixer.
  5. Once the sand has been added, make sure it has been evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  6. Empty the full mix into a wheelbarrow.
  7. Turn off the mixer and ensure the mix is scraped out of the bottom of the mixer.

The mixers are strong and durable and designed for ease of use. It is designed for both a quick mix and consistent results.

Daltex Gravel Sample Case
Resin Bound Aggregates are available in a wide choice of colours.

2. Using a forced action mixer for plastering

Plaster can be mixed using a forced action mixer in order to create a smooth, consistent mix.

The electric mixer speeds up the mixing job compared to traditional plaster mixing and ensures it is a consistent mix that is easy to apply to different backgrounds.

Forced action mixers are ideal for professional plasterers.

They are built to be taken where they are needed. The machines are compact enough to fit through doors, and they are lightweight and fitted with wheels for portability.

Plaster is mixed by using water and plaster. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Forced action mixers are used in plastering
Forced action mixers are used in plastering.

3. Using a pan mixer for concrete

Pan mixers are ideal for mixing concrete.

The shaft drives a number of gears, and the force needs to be able to reach the shovels/blades – and they need to be able to mix a potentially tough product. Thus, the motor and gear have to be powerful in a forced action mixer.

Forced action mixers are often more suitable at mixing concrete over the regular cement mixer. For example, it is preferable to use to mix earth-moist concrete (EMC). This mixture often gets too wet, so that when you screed or plaster, water will keep surfacing – or some of the product will turn into small snowball-like, compact balls.

Concrete with aggregate can also take place using a forced action mixer – but rubber blades must be used.

Pan mixer for concrete
A pan mixer with rubber blades is used for mixing concrete.
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A wide range of mixer sizes are available.

4. Using a pan mixer for mortar

Mortar is used to bind building blocks such as stones, bricks and concrete masonry units.

It is created by mixing together sand, a cement binder and water in a forced action mixer. It sets after time to create a hard substance.

Pan mixers are ideal for mixing mortar
Pan mixers are ideal for mixing mortar.

5. Using an upright mixer for dry mixes (including paint)

A forced action mixer can be used to create a paint mix in large quantities while ensuring a great, smooth consistency.

Paint can be applied to paper, pots, walls, ceilings and more.

Using a forced action mixer to create a paint mix allows the user to create large quantities of the paint whilst receiving a great smooth consistency, ready to be applied to walls.

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Pan mixers are great for mixing paint and dry mixes.

6. Using a forced action mixer for rendering

Rendering – the process of applying of cement to walls to create a textured or smooth surface – uses a forced action mixer to render together sand, water, cement and lime.

A standard ratio used in creating this is 6 part sand, 1 part cement and 1 part lime (6:1:1). Any kind of cement can be used, however the sand should have a fine texture and be free from impurities.

All Division Building Ltd said: “It is crucial not to use more than one part lime to one part cement, as the lime needs cement to assist it in setting. The right of lime makes the mix creamy and elastic. Lime makes the render self-rendering and self-curing. Thus, if building moves as a result of contraction and expansion, the render will move with it slightly, preventing cracking. Where cracking does occur, the lime could re-calcify in the crack a little.”

Read more on preparing a mix for rendering using a forced action mixer here.

SoRoTo in use
The standard mix ratio for rendering is 6:1:1.

7. Using a pan mixer for screed

Screed is a thin layer of material that is situated on top of a concrete subfloor. Screed consists of cement and sharp sand. In situations where a more industrial version is required, coarse aggregates can be added to create a thicker layer.

The layer of screed is often covered with a decorative finish, but in some instances, it can be left bare to perform as the finish itself. This is often done in environments where scruffs and marks are to be expected.

The difference between screed and concrete is the function – concrete is used for strength whereas screed is used to finish floors as a top layer. Both materials are made from a mix of aggregates, cement and water, but concrete has a coarser consistency, with screeds using fine aggregates to aid its appearance as a finishing layer.

Forced action mixers are perfect for mixing screed
Forced action mixers are perfect for mixing screed.

The forced action mixer range

There are a number machines available with capacities from 40 litres to 300 litres – suitable for mixing a wide range of materials in a number of settings.

The 40L is designed to be a super portable mixer for contractors who need a small but mighty machine. They are able to mix up to 95kg of materials and is ideal for plaster, concrete, render and mortar. It is narrow and light and easy to get it to where it is needed.

The 80L is designed for contractors who are carrying out larger repairs on erecting new buildings. It is designed for mixing concrete, liquid screed, mortar, lime mortar, wet pour rubber crumb or self-levelling epoxies. 

The 100L is ideally suited for contractors who have a requirement for mixing larger amounts (up to 240kg) of materials. This mixer is the most popular for most resin bound installers as it is able to hold an industry standard 4 bag mix. It is also ideal for mortar, render, lime putty, plaster, screed and concrete.

The 120L is ideal for mixing any job from resin bound gravel to wet pour rubber, liquid concrete and lime putty. 

The 200L is unlike other large pan mixers – it can be easily transported and used on slanted and hard to reach areas due to its lightweight frame and adjustable legs.

The 300L is one of the largest mixers on the market today. With the ability to mix up to 650kg of mixture, it allows the user to prepare vast quantities of material ready to lay in as little as 5 minutes.

SoRoTo 40L Forced Action Mixer
SoRoTo 40L
SoRoTo 80L Forced Action Mixers
SoRoTo 80L
Soroto 100L Forced Action Mixer
SoRoTo 100L

Summary

Forced action mixers are designed for a wide range of mixing tasks across different industries.

They have the ability to be transported by a single individual and enable efficient mixing in a chosen location. They have been designed to withstand the toughest environments that machinery can face on sites.

The mixer works works quickly and efficiently meaning it can mix the following materials with no issues: resin bound gravel, concrete, mortar, render, plaster, screed, lime putty and much more.

To find out more information click here to view the range or call us on 01246 418144.

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