Concrete Mixers: When and How to Use These Machines Correctly



As a result of how fast of a pace our current world forces us to work at times, it is no wonder why so many people are now always looking for the most efficient and convenient solutions possible. This can be seen in pretty much all aspects of modern life, and most certainly the construction site too. While there are buildings that are constructed with nothing but efficiency in mind, resulting in poor construction quality that is unstable, you can find out about how using BS Power’s concrete mixers can allow you to enjoy and sustain a high level of convenience without risking the stability of your structures by simply taking a few minutes to read through this brief article.





When Would You Need to Consider the Use of Concrete Mixers on Site?


What may currently be considered to be the most versatile and widely used material when it comes to the construction site, concrete creates a stone-like component that is able to provide a wealth of stability to practically any structure that it forms a part of. Without this component and the help of concrete mixers, architects and construction workers are left at a disadvantage and are forced to come up with less sustainable, and vastly more inconvenient methods of getting the job done. This not only extends the time it takes to complete the construction, but it also adds the potential need for an increased workforce alongside increased costs on building materials too.


To create such a versatile building material, all you would need is to throw some cement, gravel, small stones, aggregate, and water into your concrete mixers at their respective measurements. This recipe is generally used by a majority of construction site workers due to the low costs involved while still providing the support needed for larger projects, but can still be adjusted in a variety of ways depending on if you would like to be more eco-conscious or would like to reinforce your concrete even further. No matter which recipe you decide to use, however, concrete becomes hardened soon after being mixed with water and placed in its designated environment, which allows it to bind itself and other materials together into a single, solidified structure.


In a more general setting, here are a number of examples of structures that would need cement mixers to be seriously considered in order to complete the job:


  • Walls and floors
  • Footings for gates
  • Poles and fences
  • Pavements
  • Motorways
  • Architectural structures
  • Roads and bridges
  • Foundations for a larger structure





The reason why concrete is used for almost all modern constructions in today’s world is a result of how conveniently it can be used and shaped as opposed to using other forms of building materials, such as bricks, wood, and so many others. Once the water has been added to the concrete mixers, the individual materials quickly begin to bind together to form a thick but easily mouldable liquid. Once set in place through the use of concrete pourers or a number of shovels, this liquid turns into a tough and durable solid structure within a matter of just a few hours.


It is because of these properties, as well as how widely accessible its most basic ingredients generally tend to be, that the use of concrete can be dated back to as long ago as 6500 BC in certain areas of Jordan and Syria, where Nabataea traders would create housing structures, floors, and even entire underground cisterns too. Around the time of 600 BC and onward, however, Ancient Rome became the first city in the world to have incorporated the widespread use of concrete throughout the area. It was by 200 BC that the city of Rome would be constructed almost entirely of their own form of concrete, consisting of lime, seawater along with volcanic ash.


By looking at these earlier uses of concrete, as well as how many of these structures are still left standing to this day, also including the Great Pyramids of Giza as well as the Great Wall of China, which used their own forms of concrete, architects in the modern day are able to build and improve through their own constructions in practically any way that they see fit. It is also because of how concrete has been made and used throughout various parts of the world, that many different forms of this material have been conceived throughout the years, ensuring that construction workers are always able to find the right mix that is best suited for the job and environment.


How Many Types of Concrete Can be Found in Modern Constructions?


Due to the many different types of concrete that are currently available, many of which can be used for the exact same purposes, the choice of deciding between which form of concrete to use can be based on any number of structural factors that you would like to place more of a focus on. These factors can include durability, sustainability, the cost of individual materials and so much more. Here are some of the most notable forms of concrete that you may find being used in buildings and constructions near you:


  • Plain concrete
  • Regular strength concrete
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Precast concrete
  • Prestressed concrete
  • High-density concrete
  • Lightweight concrete
  • Ready-mix concrete
  • Air-entrained concrete
  • Decorative concrete
  • Rapid-set concrete
  • Volumetric concrete
  • Smart concrete
  • Limecrete concrete
  • Shotcrete concrete
  • Roll compacted concrete
  • Pumped concrete
  • Pervious concrete
  • Asphalt concrete
  • Glass concrete





While many of these forms of concrete were only created within the past few decades, sometimes favouring utility and aesthetic over durability, they are all created to provide a sturdier or comparable level of support to the structure when compared to their alternatives. It is also because of these various forms of concrete that allow some recipes to be more useful in certain scenarios than in others. Regular strength and plain concrete, while not able to stand up to excessively heavy winds and vibrations, can instead be used as flooring or other situations where high tensile durability is not necessary.


In a situation where high tensile durability is at a high priority, then you have the choice of reinforced as well as prestressed concrete. Reinforced concrete can be seen in a majority of industries and modern construction sites as it is able to resist more intense forces without much hassle as a result of rebars being placed within the concrete before it is set. Prestressed concrete, on the other hand, has its rebars prestressed before being placed into the concrete, which is also done using a special technique. This technique, when done by industry professionals, allows the lower sections of the structure to withstand increased forces without it compromising the stability of the structure as a whole.


If you are wanting to remain as efficient on the construction site without having to reduce the strength and durability of the structure itself, then you have the option of choosing between precast and ready-mix concrete. Precast concrete is usually constructed in a factory according to the exact specifications that their clients need, and can then be transported to the location in the form of poles, staircases, walls, and even concrete blocks too. Ready-mix concrete, however, provides its convenience by having your concrete be prepared at a central location and then be mixed while on its way to the construction site through the help of cement trucks, often using certain agents to delay the rate at which this cement takes to harden without degrading its quality.


If you are looking to place more of a focus on the design and aesthetic of your project, while still needing some structural support that is provided by concrete, then you can turn towards the use of glass and decorative concrete. Along with the usual recipe, glass concrete implements the use of recycled and crushed glass, providing a unique and sparkling design often considered for walls and floors. Decorative concrete is perfect for allowing you to provide some personality to your structure as it allows you to adjust the colouring, etchings, moulding, polishing as well as other decorative additions to your exact specifications, which can often be used in swimming pools, skate parks and more.


With all these uses, among the countless others, that cement is able to provide when considering the many different forms that it can come in, it is no wonder as to why it has become the material of choice for construction workers and architects across the world. For many people, it is never a question of if they need concrete, but rather a question of how to make concrete themselves and where to look to get started instead!





Who to Turn to When Concrete Mixers Are Needed?


If you are wanting to get started on any construction projects that you have had in mind for some time now, but are unaware of where to start looking without being bombarded by excessively high prices while still receiving poor quality tools and materials? This is an issue that is widely experienced by first-time builders but can also be an issue that disappears immediately when turning to BS Power for all your concrete and general construction-related needs. To get the ball rolling, all you need to do is browse through the extensive and wide-ranging list of tools and products currently on offer on BS Power’s main website.


It is here that you can start to see why BS Power remains to be a majority of South African construction workers’ first and only choice not only when it comes to cement and concrete mixing, but to construction in general. With their stock of high-performance tools ranging from chainsaws and lawnmowers all the way to generators and concrete and cement mixers, you may expect their prices to remain rather high. Rest assured that this is not the case, as our already low prices are able to remain competitive thanks to near-constant sales that allow our prices to be reduced even further.


These massive savings come equipped with highly experienced staff that are always ready and willing to help you at a moment’s notice. If you are looking for some guidance as to how you should commence with your construction project, or if you need to know which tools would be best suited to the job at your particular price range, then you can sleep easy knowing that BS Power will be able to provide you with the help that you need, all in one place.





So, to get started today, simply contact us by clicking on the “CONTACT US” button, which can be found in the top right corner of our website’s homepage. It is from here that you are given a list of options regarding how you would like to make contact for your own convenience. With us, we can help you build your way up to the constructions you desire, so turn to BS Power today.