How To Select A Volumetric Concrete Mixer

How To Select A Volumetric Concrete Mixer

Postby don.mullin on Sun May 17, 2009 8:34 pm

How To Select a Volumetric Concrete Mixer

Are you considering entering the volumetric concrete industry? Here are three ingredients for volumetric mixing success... (1) You must understand how this equipment fills a niche that can successfully meet customer needs without posing a threat to the ready-mix producers. (2) You must select the right equipment for your needs... It is NOT a one-size-fits-all business. (3) You must have the right training to deliver consistent quality on every pour.

So, the first step is to consider your investment. What type of unit meets your needs? Here are some things to consider:

* Volume: With a 10 Yard mixer, you would generally pose a threat to ready-mix producers. Having a 4 to 6 yard truck, you fill a niche. Most ready-mix producers cannot make money on small yardage jobs. Therefore, ready-mix companies are often times eager to refer smaller jobs to volumetric producers.

*Size: A smaller, lighter mixer is often more desirable for weight, maneuverability, and versatility.

*Manufacturer: There are a variety of active mobile mix equipment manufacturers which all offer an assortment of features and options. It is strongly recommended that, if interested, you visit with experienced mobile mix owner-operators to learn about the "pros and cons" of existing equipment. We further recommend that you tour your anticipated manufacturer's plant to learn more about their equipment and meet their customer support team.
(1) How "user friendly" is the equipment?
(2) What type of training do they offer? On-site calibration, mix design, and adaption to various typed of materials ensure your ability to offer a quality product to your customers. Keep in mind that raw materials vary signifigantly worldwide, and the equipment will need to be calibrated to the distinctive chemistry of materials in your area. Seek out a manufacturer with a solid balance of informative marketing material and structured operator training to ensure that you not only understand the calibration and the potential of the equipment, but will also have the continued support that is essential for your success.

*Training: To be a successful mobile mix owner/operator, like any small business, you must:
Formulate a business plan
Create an advertising plan to "get the name out"
Price out start-up costs (e.g. loader, materials, rent and equipment financing)
Determine a reasonable price for your market.
All of these objectives can be achieved at a significant cost savings by familiarizing yourself with the business by getting to know an experienced owner/operator or manufacturer. The cost savings involved in learning from others mistakes is priceless!
Don Mullin
Concrete Express, Inc.
(860)625-1428

http://www.concrete-express.com
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Re: How To Select A Volumetric Concrete Mixer

Postby smnstn on Mon May 18, 2009 3:19 pm

Great points, Don -- especially the first one. I sold a lot of 5 yd mixers that had large enough water and cement bins to permit adding sideboards to the aggregate bins to ensure carrying six yards worth of material. Yet these units could be mounted on standard truck wheelbases and auxiliary axles added, if necessary. The maneuverability in populated neighborhoods was good, too.

There is, I think, another thing for new producers to consider. When purchasing new, who will work with you? Are you using a dealer who can give you some hands on attention? Are you working with a factory rep who will maintain a professional relationship with you or fade into the sunset as soon as he has the commission? When purchasing used equipment, you can't count on a lot of followup, and the likelihood of parts failures could be greater than on a new unit, so you need to establish some kind of relationship with another producer who knows about your make of mixer. This forum is a good place to do that. You can also contact Don Mullin or myself directly to find out if we can help over the phone or direct you to a knowledgeable individual in your area.

Let's all keep the name/subject of this website foremost in our minds: MOBILE MIX HELP.

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