There's more than one way to mix Papercrete.
The Tow-Mixer is efficient and handy, because it mixes
and dispenses, but there are stationary mixers that
specialize in mixing only. Mike McCain, mentioned in other
places on this site, had two stationary mixers when I visited
him. One was powered by a van's back axle, the other by a
pickup's. Got an old car you don't mind parking and dedicating
to the job of powering your mixer? That's exactly what Mike
did. Check them out:
This is Mike McCain's
stationary mixer powered by a van's back axle. A batch of
papercrete is in progress, and Mike has just dropped in a bag
of Portland cement. The 'driver' controls speed and direction
of blade spin. Below is a barrel mixer, powered by a red
Mike has just finished
emptying the mix into an earthen pit and is washing the mixer
with water. Inside, we see a horizontal blade array, powered by
the pickup's back axle.
Three short blades on the
shaft spin between two stationary blades, shredding
Common to both stationary
mixers is the dedicated vehicle and the fact that mix must be
carried from the mixer to the molds.
goes into more detail on using stationary mixers and shuttling
mix to where it is used. However, the main focus of the DVD is
the construction and use of the Tow-mixer. By the way, the
mixer attached to the white van above was once a large
Tow-mixer. Mike converted it into a stationary mixer by
removing a wheel and dedicating it to the van's
This mixer is covered in more
detail, and in video, on the DVD.