View Full Version : Concrete ?

09-02-2008, 11:32 PM
I am pouring a slab under my house(its on pilings). I did my base and forms and have the rebar ready. But here's the question. I need about 4.5 yards of concrete. I was gonna get a truck but how long would it take me with 3 guys to do it with a gas mixer? I've been looking at used gas mixers and found one that's pretty new for $1200.00 Now I'm thinking about using the $$ for the concrete truck and using it to buy the mixer. Any thoughts?

09-02-2008, 11:34 PM
i would get the truck. less pain in the butt..

09-02-2008, 11:42 PM
That's where i'm leaning....What is the largest amount (yards) people usually use a mixer for? I've rented them for hot tub slabs but anything bigger I've always gotten a truck.

09-03-2008, 12:07 AM
well see it depends on are you going to use the mixer ever again and how often?

Think is it really worth you spending all that extra time but then getting the concrete mixer for next to nothing cause you wouldve spent that money anways on the truck?

You have to weigh it out on wether it is worth that much time for you to do this!

09-03-2008, 12:08 AM
but how much is the truck to deliver 4.5 yards of concrete i mean it can't cost 1200 bux for it?

09-03-2008, 12:24 AM
My thought is: That's a lot of mixing. And usually doing it by bags doesn't save that much $. The concrete truck and a pumper would be less than just the mixer. I wouldn't do more than a pallet (app. 1 yard) unless it was crazy access issues.

09-03-2008, 12:51 AM
bag mix is never as tough as the real stuff either.

Maybe if you added a bunch of extra portland....maybe. Still doubt it.

Bag mix is fine for mortar and post holes etc but i'd pass for any sort of high traffic area...

09-03-2008, 01:40 AM
bag mix is not going to save you anything, especially if you buy a mixer!!
factor in the time to buy/deliver/mix the bags, versus a phone call to a mixplant..... its a no brainer.

09-03-2008, 10:16 AM
When you say bag mix are you guys referring to readi-mix? I would buy portland and mix it with a sand/gravel mix myself. i think a bag of portland is like $10.00 and the concrete mix is like $15.00 a ton. I'm not sure how much bags it would come to yet, i would need to figure that way out. The truck is $750.00. Yes, I would use the mixer we do alot of vinyl fence and we always edge our pavers in concrete.

09-03-2008, 10:51 AM
call a truck.

09-03-2008, 12:04 PM
Ordered the truck for friday.

09-03-2008, 10:18 PM
how well has the concrete edging worked out...how do you tamp though b4/after at a certain stiffness....

09-03-2008, 10:43 PM
The concrete holds up well. I learned it that way and even yhough I have taken the ICPI classes have continued to do it. We let the concrete almost set before we tamp. We don't get too much deep freezing here so I think that is another reason it holds up well.

09-04-2008, 11:32 AM
Buy the mixer, works well for large amounts of margaritas and gin and tonics. Get a truck for the concrete.