RIDGID DUAL PADDLE PROGRAMMING MUD MIXER
The Ridgid Dual Paddle Programmable Mud Mixer (DPM) is one of the most popular mud mixers among professional and amateur builders alike. Its design makes it easy to use, but still allows for a great amount of control over its operation. You can program different settings for each of the two paddles, which are connected together via a cable.
Each paddle controls another part of the machine’s functions. For example, if you want to run a high speed motor at low speeds, you could do so by turning off the lower speed setting on one paddle and turning up the higher setting on the other. The DPM features a built-in rechargeable battery pack that lasts for approximately three hours of continuous use. If you need to charge the unit, simply plug it into any standard outlet.
In addition to being able to set the machine’s parameters, you can also change how it behaves when mixed. For instance, you could turn on or off certain parts of the machine while mixing. You can also choose whether or not to allow the paddles to stop when they hit an object like a board.
The DPM can come with either two paddles, each with its own motor, or a single paddle with two motors. It can also come in several different base colors and sizes. Even with all of these options, though, the basic function of the machine remains the same.
Despite its incredible versatility and power, the DPM is surprisingly easy to use. This is in no small part thanks to its high-quality design and construction. The machine is durable enough to take a fair bit of abuse, and it can also be easily repaired by professional or amateur builders alike.
All in all, the DPM is an excellent choice for any job involving concrete.
RIDGID CORDED MIXER
The corded version of the RIDGID mixer requires that you supply your own power to the machine. It comes in the same color options as the other RIDGID mixers. It can also come with either two or three paddles, depending on your needs.
The corded version of the RIDGID mixer is not quite as powerful as its cordless counterpart, but it still does a fine job of mixing just about anything you can throw at it. The corded version is more durable and longer lasting than the cordless model. The only major disadvantage to this model is that you have to be near an electrical outlet in order to use it. If you anticipate needing to move the machine around a lot, then you will probably want to get the cordless version.
RIDGID MIXER WITH STAND
The RIDGID mixer with stand is similar to the corded version of the machine in terms of its range of customization features. It comes only in a three paddle model, however. The stand that it comes with makes it easy to store and transport the machine when it is not in use.
This can be especially useful if you work on a variety of different projects that require different types of cement. The stand also helps to protect the paddles when the machine is not in use. Cleanup and maintenance are also made easier by the stand, as you can rest the machine directly inside the stand.
RIDGID STAINLESS MIXER
The stainless version of the RIDGID mixer is designed for long-term use in harsh and demanding conditions. It is more costly than the other RIDGID mixers, but this cost is justified by the extra durability provided by its stainless steel housing. The stainless model also has a slightly higher top rpm speed than the other models, allowing it to work more quickly on many projects.
It also comes with the added benefit of being easier to clean and maintain than the other mixers. This makes it a good choice for anyone who anticipates using their mixer in a dirty or dusty environment.
The stand that comes with the stainless version of the RIDGID mixer is especially useful. The tub of the machine tapers slightly at the bottom, which causes it to rock slightly when in use. The stand solves this issue by providing a wider base for the machine.
The stand also helps with storage and transportation, as it can be rested on its side when not in use. This prevents the paddles from becoming damaged.
MIXER VS. TUBE
Another important choice that you will have to make is whether or not you want to get a mixer or a tube. The type of machine that you get will depend largely on what type of project you are planning on working on.
A mixer is arguably the more popular choice for home users. It can mix just about anything you can think of. Cleaning and maintenance are also quite easy, as you can disassemble certain parts of the machine to clean out any cement that hardens in internal mechanisms.
The paddle type mixers are especially easy to use and require very little skill to operate properly. The only major disadvantage of the paddle mixers is that they require a power source and must be used near an electrical outlet. If you anticipate needing to move the machine around a lot, then you will probably want to get a cordless model instead. The stand for the paddle mixer is also somewhat helpful when it comes to storing and transporting the machine.
The alternative to the paddle mixer is a tube type. These types of machines have a container that opens up at the top, allowing you to add your ingredients in from the top. This is advantageous when working with ingredients that would be difficult to add in through the bottom of a bowl.
The only real disadvantage to the tube type of machine is that they tend to be quite a bit more expensive than the paddle mixer. They are also not as easy to store or move around when not in use.
Once you have decided between a paddle mixer and a tube machine, you will need to make some smaller decisions such as what size of machine you need and what color you would like it to be. There are many different sizes of both paddle mixers and tube mixers. The smallest tubes are designed for small batches while the largest can mix in upwards of 1400 lbs.
of concrete in just one go. The same rule applies to paddle mixers, with the smallest being designed for small batches and the largest able to handle upwards of 1100 lbs. of concrete.
The size that you decide on will be determined by how much concrete you anticipate needing to mix for your project. Most people find that a medium or large sized machine works well for most home uses. If you are planning on using the machine for professional work, you may want to consider getting one of the larger machines.
The last major decision you will need to make is what color you want your machine to be. The options are pretty much limitless when it comes to color. You can get your machine in just about any color you can think of, with a few exceptions.
It seems that red and yellow are the only two colors not offered.
Unless you have an extremely large project that requires a massive amount of concrete, a mid-sized paddle mixer should do the trick for most users. These are also generally the cheapest machines to buy, so you won’t have to break the bank to get your own machine. The Black and Decker model is pretty popular among do-it-yourselfers that need a little extra power behind their concrete mixing.
The unique design of this machine allows it to be used as a hand mixer when attached to an outlet or a regular electric drill.
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- Fluid mixing systems with adjustable mixing element (ME Goodwin, ND Jones – US Patent 10,435,658, 2019 – Google Patents)