Mortar and cement are two commonly used materials in construction. However, many people who do not have a large amount of experience with both materials can sometimes think they are interchangeable. This is not true. Mortar and cement are two materials that should not be confused with one another. Due to their differences, the two substances have specific mixing needs. Without the proper knowledge, you can end up damaging your mixing equipment, or experience a host of problems. That’s why it is important to know the difference between a mortar mixer and a cement mixer. 

Mortar vs. Concrete

Mortar and concrete are very similar substances, but due to their small differences in consistency and usage, they can be detrimental if used incorrectly. 

Both mortar and concrete are made with sand, gravel, and rock chips. However, mortar is less coarse and has a thicker consistency than cement. Because of this, when cement is placed in a mortar mixer, it can damage the side and rubber strips, as well as clog the mixer. Similarly, if mortar is placed in a cement mixer, the thick consistency and smoother texture of the mortar will not combine as well. 

Concrete is typically used during the structural portion of construction such as for the foundation, support beams, walls, etc. Mortar is typically used to glue other materials together such as bricks or tile. 

Mortar Mixer vs. Concrete Mixer

Mortar mixers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Because of this, there are a variety of ways to mix mortar. One of the methods to mix mortar includes a barrel that contains paddles that scrape the sides of the barrel and mix the materials together. Another method to mix mortar is to use a bucket and a drill with a paddle attachment. This method places the mixture into a bucket and uses a paddle attachment on a drill to mix it all together. Due to the paddle designs, large pieces of rock or gravel can damage the mixer or prevent it from functioning properly. 

Concrete mixers typically have a rotating drum or barrel with no paddles. The rotation of the mixer is what is mixes the cement together. The movement also prevents the cement from settling in the barrel and becoming caked to the inside of the mixer. 

Quikspray Mortar Mixers

A quality mortar mixer that is suited to your project size and budget can be hard to find. Thankfully, Quikspray has the solution to your mortar mixing needs. We have several products that are capable of mixing mortar including, The U-Blend Mixer, the Production Post Mixer, Barrel Mixer, the Batch Mixer, and the Post Mixer.

 

For all of your mortar mixing needs, Quikspray is here to help. Shop all of our mixers today!