For large masonry jobs where you'll be using lots of concrete or mortar, an electric cement mixer is the only way to go. Sure, you could do it with a wheelbarrow and a hoe, but you'll save time and wear and tear on your back and shoulders if you buy or rent a tool that will do the mixing automatically.
Review of Kobalt Electric Cement Mixer
This is a great electric cement mixer. I've owned quite a few. This is the best. Here's why:
- It's light weight. Two people can easily lift it in and out of a truck. I can do it by myself if I have to, but it's definitely easier with two people. Once it's on the ground, it rolls nicely on wheels.
- It's quiet. Some cement mixers run on gas and will leave your ears ringing by the end of the day. This electric cement mixer is so quiet you'll hardly know it's there. You'll be able to concentrate on building your stone wall or patio.
- Durable. I've owned two of these electric cement mixers and put them through some serious use. Much more than they were intended for. If you use it a couple of times a year, and keep it clean, it will run forever.
- Easy to use. This electric cement mixer has a handle in the back, so you can dump the cement with one hand while holding on to a bucket with your other hand. You can also dump the cement into a wheelbarrow, which fits nicely under the cement mixer. Plug this thing in when you're ready to start mixing concrete, unplug it and wash it down with a hose when you're done. That's all there is to it.
- Price. I recently paid $285 for one of these at a Lowe's in Maine. When I think of all the time and work that this machine has saved me, that investment has already paid for itself.