Thursday, June 25, 2015

Drum Mixers

Most children love playing with trucks and toy construction equipment. Some have just the toys, while others watch movies with talking cranes, mixer trucks, and backhoes. My brother’s favorite toy was his dump truck that could haul dirt from one area of the play box to the other. My grandfather was a mechanic, which lead him to take tools and pretend to fix things on his equipment. Either way, he began as a child wanting to play and fix the equipment to being an adult who operates and fixes the same toys.

Although most children are not interested in playing with mixer trucks as compared to other construction toys, they are actually very interesting as an adult. There are a variety of mixers that range in size from large industrial mixers to rotating drum trucks and cement mixers that are pulled behind a car. The most common rotating drum mixer that comes to mind is a cement mixer.

In a cement mixer, water, aggregate such as pea gravel or sand is blending to make concrete. This type of mixer can be purchased or rented for personal or commercial use. It may be a good investment to purchase if you plan on completing more than one job, but if you know what you are doing and want to do-it-yourself, renting might be the better option. One thing’s for certain, you need to do business with those that have experience and dedication to customer service, as you will find with Kady International.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Types of Blades for Portable Mixers

What is a portable mixer? A portable mixer is just as it sounds—it is a mixer that can be moved with ease, brought from one workstation to another, a smaller design vs larger industrial mixers, and can be used on the go, among other things. The average blades for industrial portable mixer are thin and small for mixing miniature batches on site. Just like blades for larger mixers, blades for portable mixers are shaped and designed for different mixture results. Below you will find descriptions of the most common portable mixing blades:

Dynaflow: A Dynaflow blade is shaped like a rectangle that is gradually thinning. The center of the mixer is where the thickest part of the blade is. There is a slight angle to the blades for optimal mixing of the various ingredients. The Dynaflow blade is designed to break up lumps and prevent excessive frothing of the mixture.

Propeller: The propeller blade is shaped like the blades on an airplane or marine engine propeller. If you do not recall these types of blades, they are like petals on a sunflower that surround the core of the flower. The propeller blade is designed to mix liquids quickly and efficiently. The mixing motion created by this blade can cause frothing, which can also thicken liquids. This design allows the mixer to cut deep into thicker liquids and provide a churning action that is ideal for mixing a variety of liquid types.

Pitch: A pitch mixing blade is designed with angled rectangle blades located at the tip of the mixer, making it useful for cutting through lumps, as well as a homogenous mixture. The pitch blade is used for both liquids and dry materials.

Radial: A radial blade is another rectangle blade design, but with no angle and a 90 degree placement of each blade relative to one another. This type of blade is better used for mixing lumpy mixtures and those with dry materials. The radial blade should not be used if you want a thicker mixture with a higher volume.