You might think you need to be a tradie to mix your own concrete, but with the help of these best cement mixers, anyone can become a master mixer.
These products come at a variety of prices, and vary in sizes from 60L up to 200L, as well as having a range of motors, mixing speeds, weights and other features.
But how do you know which model you should buy? It can be pretty confusing, and online catalogues for major brands don't make it any easier too.
Before rushing to Bunnings and buying the cheapest (or most expensive) model, be sure to have a read and see what our inhouse expert, Caleb has to say on the matter.
Below we've also included a buyers guide on information to consider before splashing the cash.
1. Baumr-AG 70L Portable
Meeting all commercial specifications, the 70-litre portable cement mixer from Baumr-AG is ideal for tradies who work from job to job on different sites and need their own cement mixer, as well as DIY-ers for all those mixing jobs around the home.
This compact but powerful 220W mixer features a heavy-duty steel drum which has a diameter of 460mm and a mouth diameter of 240mm.
It runs at a speed of 27.5rpm and has an aluminium motor with copper-coated wiring and a nodular cast-iron gearbox.
The loading quantity per 20ft is 240, per 40ft is 204, and per 40HQ is 588. It handles up to 25kg bags of ready mixed concrete very happily. Or can be used to mix soil or mulch.
The drum is designed to be easy-loading, easy tipping and features a high-grade tipper lock for safety.
It’s powered from mains electricity.
The mixer weighs a manageable 25kg and is very easily manoeuvred around a work-site or garden with two wheels on the side.
The mixer does need some assembly from the pack, but there is a User Manual with full instructions. It is advisable to wipe grease over the gears before first use to reduce the noise to almost zero.
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2. SimplyWholesale Cement Mixer (200L)
The 200-litre cement/concrete mixer from Kartrite is a powerful 850W portable mixer for both tradies (including landscape gardeners) and serious DIY-ers.
This has a large 200-litre (7.4 cubic feet) mixing drum and operates on mains power. It’s ideal for mixing concrete, cement, sand and gravel. Soil and mulch also work well.
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The drum is super easy to load and is made from sturdy steel, which is lightweight and therefore manoeuvrable around a worksite or around the garden with the two 10" tractor treaded pneumatic wheels on one side.
The drum has twin mixing blades and runs at a speed of 29.5 rotations/minute for a perfect mix. The mouth has a diameter of 375mm for easy filling.
The overall weight of the mixer is 72kg and it is quite compact at 130(L) x 85(W) x 147(H)cm.
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3. Westmix HP Cement Mixer (65L)
From Westmix the ½ HP 1440rpm electric induction motor driven portable cement mixer is a compact and highly manoeuvrable item of equipment for those needing a mixer on a worksite or around the home.
Weighing 60kg and having two 14” wheels on one side with a handle on the other, the mixer can be lifted and easily wheeled around a site. The overall measurements are 1.4m wide, 1.28m tall and 1m long.
The mixer features a powder-coated steel bowl with a 65L (2.2 cubic feet) capacity. The bowl is also seam-welded for absolute leak-free assurance. Six heavy-duty paddles inside keep the mixture moving as long as the power is turned on.
The motor is a single belt with an adjustable mount for belt tensioning and a tubular powder-coated lightweight yet sturdy steel frame for durability but also portability.
This is not a towable mixer. Some assembly is required from the packaging.
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4. Ozito Cement Mixer (120L)
A large yet portable cement mixer from Ozito, the 120 litre 550W (model CMX-120) is an excellent investment for household users or tradies.
The motor is a powerful 0.7HP and can handle everything from concrete to soil, animal feed, fertilisers etc. Manage all the heavier jobs like retaining walls and concrete slabs right through to mulching your garden beds with ease.
The drum holds a large 120-litre (91L wet volume) capacity – larger than many others in this market – and is made from strong and durable yet lightweight powder-coated steel.
The whole unit only weighs 46.5kg and has a design which includes two solid wheels on one side and a convenient handle on the other, allowing for easy manoeuvrability around a worksite etc.
Assembly from the box is required but there are videos on YouTube which are pretty helpful with this, as well as instructions which are included with the product.
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5. Full Boar 125L 4.4CF Mixed
With a powerful 370W 0.5HP motor the Full Boar 125L 4.4CF Mixed Wet Cement Mixer is a tradie, farmer and DIY-er’s dream.
This on-site mixer features two pneumatic puncture-proof wheels at the front with a handle behind for easy transportation around a worksite, garden or other property.
It’s not a towable item of equipment but would easily fit onto a trailer or tray of a ute for moving around larger properties or between sites.
The design of the FBT-6300 has been focused on mixing cement, mortar, soils, fertiliser etc. It’s great for those larger jobs, with the bowl handling up to 220L of gross weight, 170L dry material, and 125L of mixed wet volume.
Made from sturdy and durable steel, it’s also lightweight (63kg) for easier manoeuvrability.
Assembly is required after delivery in the box but detailed Instructions included are easy to follow and it’s a fairly quick process.
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How to choose the best cement mixer?
When buying, there's a few different factors you'll want to consider including:
- Drum Size
It's not the first thing that comes to mind when considering a cement mixer, but it's probably the most important. You'll need something sturdy, and strong.
Aluminimum frames might seem like a smart option as they are lighter, but these can break under intense pressure, so most people prefer a heavy duty steel frame.
While it's heavier, most have handles and wheels to make moving, a lot easier.
I'd suggest looking at the terrain where you'll be using the mixer. Will you have to move it over rough terrain? If so you'll definitely want rugged wheels.
Some models come with cheap wheels, which are good if they are used on flat surfaces.
Additionally, you'll want to get solid wheels instead of air-filled, as they won't get damaged or punctured with extended use.
Most cement mixers are around 40-80kg and that's quite a big difference. Most come with handles to help move them so weight is becoming less of an issue.
However for portability, you'll definitely want something on the lower end of that figure. However this might mean you end up with an aluminium frame.
You'll want to check the drum size and see what is suitable for you. Drums are measured in cubic feet such as 1.5 to 6 cubic feet depending on the size of the drum.
Most portable mixers are around 3-6. You probably don't need a larger drum, unless you're looking for a commercial grade option.
If you're working alone, you can make do with a smaller drum as you'll need less concrete at any one time.
Different models, sizes and features influence the cost. You can expect to pay between $300 and $3000 depending on the modekl, engine, and features.
Th cheapest model we looked at was the Ozito 120L which is only $269. That's very affordable and a great way to get started with limited risk and capital.
Generally you get what you pay for, but there are some bargains to be had out there.
When it comes to choosing the best cement mixer Australia has to offer, you've got a wide range of options. Today we've looked at options available to buy from Amazon, SimplyWholesale and Bunnings, but there's many other retailers and models you could have considered.
Use our guide as a starting point in choosing the best model for your needs.