Aug 30, 2023

Match The Paddle To Your Concrete Mix

There is a definite science behind mixing. Many contractors are not aware they can save a lot of time and money by perfecting their mixing techniques. When you match the paddle to your mix, not only is it easier to use, but it can prevent errors and contribute directly to customer satisfaction.

Different materials respond in different ways. The shape of the paddle helps you mix your materials quickly and efficiently, and ultimately delivers better quality on the job.

With the wrong paddle design/shape, you could face bigger problems down the road, such as:

When it comes to choosing your paddle, there are two major factors to consider.

There are only three ways paddles mix: Bottom-Up, Top-Down, and Side-to-Side. That's it!

You can see how these actions mix differently in this video:

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The material is conveyed upwards through the middle of the mixing paddle from the bottom of the bucket and flows down the sides.

Thick and dry mixtures such as concrete, plaster, grout, cement, and aggregate-filled materials.

WK and MK Style Paddles

The material is forced down from the top and then flows back up the sides. Any clumps are broken up by the high force generated by the drive and the user, without splashing. It involves greater strain on the drive unit and user.

This method is ideal for thin flowable materials such as paints, epoxy, and floor leveling materials, including those that contain fibers.

FM, LX and DLX Style Paddles

The material is swirled on a single plane. The components only flow up or down when the mixing tool is moved accordingly. The suction effect results in optimal mixing results, according to the consistency of the material. Less air in the material and, as a rule, higher shear forces, prevent the formation of clumps.

This method is ideal for powders such as thin-set, tile adhesive, and joint compound.

KR Style Paddle

Usage Note: Always refer to the material manufacturer's notes. Carefully check the suitability of the mixing tools for the task at hand and the notes in the operating instructions.

Save time and find out which paddle is right for the job with the Collomix Mixing-Atlas, an online guide where you can simply click on the material or category to see which paddles fit best for your job.

To sum up, investing a little time and money into the right mixing methods for your jobs can payoff in the long run and put more money in your pocket. All the mixing options mentioned above can be found in the White Cap store.

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