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What is the difference between a concrete and a plaster mixer?

A concrete mixer is used to mix thick mixes that may contain rocks, sand and cement better called concrete, Concrete may be used for setting posts, pouring concrete foundations and slabs. Any mix that uses rock or other course aggregate is best prepared in a concrete mixer.

The plaster mixer, or mortar mixers is used to mix exterior stucco, interior plaster or mortar for brick, block, floor tile, etc., and any mixes that “do not contain rock, gravel or any other aggregates”. Many contractors use Concrete Mixers to mix mortar for brick or block, but we recommend a mortar mixer for this type of mixes. 

What sizes are available in concrete mixers?
We have five different drum sizes available. Batch capacities available are:

1/4 to 1/2 sack  =        3 cu. ft.
1/2 to 3/4 sack  =        4 cu. ft.
1 to 1-1/4 sack  =        7 cu. ft.
1 to 1-1/2 sack  =        9 cu. ft.
1-1/2 to 2 sack  =       12 cu. ft.

What sizes are available in plaster/mortar mixers?
We have five different drum sizes available. Batch capacities available are:

2 to 2-1/2 sack  =        6 cubic ft.
2-1/2 to 3 sack  =        8 cubic ft.
3 to 3-1/2 sack  =     9.5 cubic ft.
3-1/2 to 4 sack  =      12 cubic ft.
4 to 4-1/2 sack  =      16 cubic ft.

Are TK mixers available in different engines/motors types?
All Mortar mixers are available in both gasoline and electric versions. Our gas mixers are powered with Honda engines and Baldor for electric power sources.

Concrete Mixers are also available with gas & electric versions. Also, diesel engines are available upon request.

Do TK mixers come with different tires/wheel sizes?
Yes!

  • For 6 cu.fu mortar mixer, and 7 cu.fu. Concrete mixer and 6 cu. fu. poly drum concrete mixers come with 4.80X12” LRBD
  • For mortar mixers bigger than 6 cu.fu and concrete mixers than 7 cu.fu. we use 165-80 R13" tires
  • Both are highway safe.

Do the gears on a concrete mixer need to be greased?
No!

Although, if you grease them there might be a slight noise reduction, the grease can collect dust and dirt which will act as an abrasive, thus wearing the gears prematurely.

Are parts easy to replace?
Yes!

Our mixers are designed so that most parts can be replaced on the job site with normal tools.

How do I get parts for a mixer?
Customers can call Customer Service at TK Equipment number at (866) 357-1664
Monday thru Friday – 8 am to 6: pm CST

We ship parts via Fed-Ex or UPS direct to the customer.

What is the warranty period?
1 Year limited warranty under any manufacturing defect. All guarantees and warranties of electric motors and gasoline engines are subject to their respective manufacturers. They have authorized service centers in most cities.

Are TK mixers highways safe?
Yes!

All TK mixers came with high speed hubs & wheels, and with a standard 2" ball hitch or Pintle hitch at no extra cost. Other hitch styles are available, such as – bulldog hitch upon an extra fee and request.

What size extension cord should be used with electric powered mixers?
The wire gauge selection will vary with the length of the extension cord from the power source and the amperage required by the motor:

Size of wire25 ft.50 ft.100 ft.250 ft.
14-gauge 15 amps 15 amps 13 amps 7 amps
12-gauge 20 amps 20 amps 15 amps 11 amps
10-gauge 30 amps 30 amps 20 amps 18 amps

 

Can the electric motor cord be plugged into 220 volts?
Not with the standard electric motors. However, 220 volt or 3 phase motors can be purchased and factory installed on a special order basis.

Do I need to register my mixer to my local motor vehicle authority?
Requirements vary according to your location. You should check with the motor vehicle agency in your area.

Are lights or fenders required for towing?
Not usually, but you should check with your local highway authorities to be sure.
We have both upgrades available upon request.

Is there anything in particular about gasoline engines that I should know?
Yes!

The fuel valve should always be turned to the OFF position before towing the mixer. If you fail to do this, the engine cylinder may fill with gasoline making the engine unable to start. To clear this, it may be necessary to remove the spark plug from the engine with a spark plug wrench.
Also, all mixers are shipped with no fluid (gas & oil) please do not run the engine before checking the levels.

Instructions:

  • Pull the starter cord several times to force the raw fuel from the piston chamber.
  • Replace the spark plug wire.
  • Start the engine by using the usual procedure.
  • In addition, check the oil in the crankcase. It may have become contaminated with fuel and would need to be replaced.