You'll need a concrete mixer for most large construction jobs, and that means choosing between an electric model and a gas model. There are advantages on both sides, but most people find themselves better off with an electric concrete mixer, and here are just six reasons why.
1. Less Expensive
It's always best to keep costs down, especially when you're looking at relatively big-ticket items like concrete mixers. You can reduce your costs significantly by choosing an electric mixer over a gas mixer. Even if you're only renting the mixer, choosing one that costs less to buy will mean you don't pay as much to hire.
2. Reduced Maintenance
Electric concrete mixers aren't just cheaper to buy than gas mixers – they're also considerably less expensive to maintain. Just like an electric car has fewer complex and moving parts than a gas-powered vehicle, an electric mixer has less that can go wrong than a gas mixer. This won't just save you money. You'll also avoid maintenance downtime and unexpected breakdowns.
3. Easier to Move
If you've ever tried moving a gas mixer around, you'll have discovered that they can be pretty heavy. In contrast, electric concrete mixers are much lighter, which makes them easy to move and safer to manoeuvre. This is especially important to consider if you'll be rolling through mud or uneven ground, which makes moving something heavy or unwieldy extremely difficult.
4. No Pollution
The emissions created by a gas mixer aren't huge, but they do contribute to environmental problems that can be avoided by using electric machines instead. You'll also create a pleasanter working environment that lacks the smell and fumes created by burning gas. This is a particularly important consideration if you'll be working in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces.
5. Less Noise
It isn't just air pollution you need to worry about with a gas mixer. Sound pollution is also going to be a concern. Gas mixers make quite a lot of noise while they're running, and you'll probably need to run yours a lot during each construction project. This can annoy anyone surrounding the site and make it harder to speak to your workers. The low hum of an electric machine is practically silent in contrast.
6. The Perfect Amount of Fuel
Finally, keep in mind that you need to supply the fuel for a gas mixer. If you get too much, you'll have to lug it around regardless. If you get too little, you'll face the risk of running out, which could be a real problem if concrete is being mixed when the machine runs dry. Electric mixers don't present the same issue.