Used Concrete Mixers For Sale
Concrete mixers are great for keeping you from having to break your back by mixing together the water and concrete mix inside of a wheel barrow. If you are planning on mixing large amounts of concrete on the jobsite, but do not have a big enough need to have a cement mixing truck onsite, you will want to think about finding used cement mixers for sale. Purchasing the equipment used can save you a lot of money that the previous owners paid into the original cost of the machine. Before you make the purchase, though, you will want to figure out if the cost of the equipment is going to be justified, or whether you may be better suited to renting a small concrete mixer for the times that you do need it.
If you are a weekend do-it-yourselfer that is making small repairs, and pouring small slabs around your house, you will want to go with the lower costs associated with renting one of these machines. However if you are a contractor or know that you are going to be getting more use out of the mixer than on a single weekend you are going to need to put out the extra money to purchase the machine. Even if you have to purchase the machine it is a lot cheaper to purchase a used model than one that is brand new off the dealership floor.
When you do make the decision to purchase the equipment you are going to want to do some research to make sure you are not buying something bigger, and more expensive, than you are going to need. Even though you will be saving a lot of money by purchasing the equipment used you are not going to want to have to haul around a mixer that is not going to be properly utilized. Larger models are substantially heavier than the models that most people will need to use on a regular basis. You can get some help with determining which type and size is right for your needs by speaking with other contractors in your local area, and asking them what models, types, and sizes they use as well as what types of jobs they use them for.
Along with figuring out the size of the mixer that you are going to need you will also need to determine what type of motor will provide the best use for you. There are two main types, electric and gasoline powered. In general electric motors are more expensive to purchase but require less in maintenance because there is less moving parts inside of the engine. They are also, arguably, more reliable than a gasoline engine. The big advantage of gasoline engines is that you do not have to plug them in and draw from a power source, which means that you can use them anywhere that you can carry a gas can. You will have to account for the costs of fuel whenever you are making the purchase of a gasoline powered concrete mixer.
There are also three main sizes of concrete mixers for you to choose from. Larger truck mounted concrete mixers are usually only available for very large jobs and must be rented unless you have a strong need to use them on a regular basis. The other types of mixers are portable, or towable. Portable concrete mixers can be moved and manipulated by one person, usually. Towable concrete mixers are much larger and are pulled behind your vehicle much like you would tow a trailer. Depending on how large the projects are that you are going to be dealing with, you may not necessarily need a towable mixer but, rather, you may be able to get away with mixing more material into a smaller portable mixer.
As a general pricing structure gasoline powered cement mixers are going to cost less to purchase than an electric mixer, while a portable mixer is also going to cost you less than a towable cement mixer. You can typically find a used gasoline powered portable concrete mixer for between $200 and $400 where an electric powered mixer may cost you $500 or more. Larger towable mixers tend to range between $1000 and $2000 in used condition. You can find the best deals on used cement mixers for sale by visiting eBay, where there are thousands of owners who are listing their mixers for sale on the auctions every month.