Concrete ?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by bigviclbi, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    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?
  2. shethinksmytractors_sexy

    shethinksmytractors_sexy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    i would get the truck. less pain in the butt..
  3. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    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.
  4. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    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!
  5. Hardscaping

    Hardscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    but how much is the truck to deliver 4.5 yards of concrete i mean it can't cost 1200 bux for it?
  6. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    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.
  7. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    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...
  8. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    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.
  9. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    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.
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    call a truck.

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