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DiyCR fan 03-19-2013 05:50 PM

power mixer for thinset
 
I need a power mixer for thinset. If i buy a 1/2" drill, can it also be used for 3/8 drill bits? I won't be laying floor tiles much so i also want a regular style drill. Thank you

for example http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=31-99064534-2

firehawkmph 03-19-2013 06:09 PM

Diyer,
you'll burn that drill up in short order if you're mixing thinset in a 5 gallon bucket. You need a 1/2" low rpm torque type drill like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-1660.../dp/B0000223HQ

If you're not using it all the time, you can find an off brand for a lot less money. I've had one of these milwaukees for about 10 years now. Works great. All power tools come from the factory with only so much smoke loaded in. In the case of the litte drill, if you let all the smoke out, it won't run anymore.
Mike Hawkins:)

DiyCR fan 03-19-2013 06:30 PM

Ty all... firehawkmph unfortunately that's too expensive for me. Would this Milwaukee do? http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/1000268...7#.UUjuVlfO3kA

DannyT 03-19-2013 06:44 PM

i see the milwaukee right angle drills all the time on CL for anywhere from 75-125 dollars. they are low speed with a lot of torque.

firehawkmph 03-19-2013 08:45 PM

Diy,
I agree with what Danny said. Look for a good used one. The milwaukee you linked doesn't have the low end grunt needed. You don't want a lot of rpms when mixing thinset, drywall mud, etc. You'll just end up with a big mess.
Mike Hawkins:)

DiyCR fan 03-19-2013 09:05 PM

HD was out of stock on the Milwaukee (grrr), so I bought this Hitachi D13VF 9 Amp 1/2-Inch Drill for $90 http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-D13VF-...srch_res_rtr_1 great price, great reviews & above all like you guys mentioned low rpm's/high torque :thumbsup: ... can't wait to lay down the smacketh on these tiles... normally don't but i needed it so i ordered 2-day shipping. Thanks a bunch guys!

firehawkmph 03-19-2013 09:50 PM

Let us know how that works once you get it.
Mike Hawkins:)

DiyCR fan 03-19-2013 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by firehawkmph (Post 1141163)
Let us know how that works once you get it.
Mike Hawkins:)

i'm an amateur but i'll do my best :)

DiyCR fan 03-20-2013 10:19 PM

I was just watching a video about power mixers. The guy mentioned get one that has a "reverse switch" to help you clean the mixing paddle. The one i bought has a reverse switch. But how does it help clean the mixing paddle? Please elaborate. Thank you

PaliBob 03-21-2013 01:56 AM

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Originally Posted by DiyCR fan (Post 1141941)
..... But how does it help clean the mixing paddle?......

Here is my rig with the old original case and the new case. I have never heard of that that reverse to clean thing.

ToolSeeker 03-21-2013 07:00 AM

I also have an old craftsman 1/2" that I have had for probably 20 years has the D handle all I use it for is mixing thin set, concrete, grout, drywall mud, and the like. In fact I think it's the only craftsman tool I have, except hand tools.

firehawkmph 03-22-2013 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by DiyCR fan (Post 1141941)
I was just watching a video about power mixers. The guy mentioned get one that has a "reverse switch" to help you clean the mixing paddle. The one i bought has a reverse switch. But how does it help clean the mixing paddle? Please elaborate. Thank you

Reverse doesn't really clean it. Get a scrub brush and clean it while its still wet. Only takes a sec. If you let it set up, then you'll have to chip it off.
Mike Hawkins:)

DiyCR fan 03-22-2013 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by firehawkmph (Post 1143065)
Reverse doesn't really clean it. Get a scrub brush and clean it while its still wet. Only takes a sec. If you let it set up, then you'll have to chip it off.
Mike Hawkins:)

I see. Yup, that's what i did; i just dipped it in a bucket of water & scrubbed. Very easy & very grateful it was easy because i am not a pro :no:

As for the Hitachi power drill, it definitely saves me lots of energy. I'm able to put down more tiles at once... 9 amps is powerful enough to mix the FlexBond Crack Prevention Mortar. I did smell a slight smoking of the motor, but that happened only one time & my fault because the thinset was too thick. A bit heavy but not a bother. I love that machine :thumbsup:

toolaholic 03-23-2013 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by DiyCR fan

I see. Yup, that's what i did; i just dipped it in a bucket of water & scrubbed. Very easy & very grateful it was easy because i am not a pro :no:

As for the Hitachi power drill, it definitely saves me lots of energy. I'm able to put down more tiles at once... 9 amps is powerful enough to mix the FlexBond Crack Prevention Mortar. I did smell a slight smoking of the motor, but that happened only one time & my fault because the thinset was too thick. A bit heavy but not a bother. I love that machine :thumbsup:

Glad it working out. Your hitachi is 0-850. If you got a 0-500/550 pistol grip or a single speed 450rpm spade hsndle it would even turn the thickest thinset.

Bigplanz 03-27-2013 07:25 PM

This is cheap and well regarded for mixing thinset.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html


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