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Self-Propelled Mini Cement Mixer
"I've never seen anything else like it," says Clarence Strouse, Conroe, Texas, about his mini self-propelled cement mixer that he built from the ground up to make it easy for one man to handle most concrete work.
Strouse started a sideline business in 1976 making pre-cast concrete steps using a 4 cu. ft. stationary mixer. As demand for the steps grew, he knew he had to find a faster way to mix and pour the concrete. In 1981 he began building his mixer and he worked on it for the next five years. He's used it since 1986 with no troubles at all not only to make his steps but also for doing sidewalk, small slabs and other jobs.
"It works great because it's maneuver-able so you can drive right up to wherever you need it. It's easy to load and operate and controls are right by the driver's seat so one man can handle it. Visibility is excellent," says Strouse.
He hired a sheet metal shop to cut out and roll the mixer drum in three separate pieces which he welded together. The frame of the 4-WD machine is made out of 6-in. channel iron. The axles were taken off a4-WD Chevy Blazer. Strouse made a hydraulic-driven gearbox to pro-vide infinitely variable hydrostatic drive for close-in maneuvering at low speeds. He made another gearbox that drives the mixer drum via hydraulic motor.
A large poly loading hopper rides up and down a rail, pulled by a winch that's chain-driven by hydraulic motor. The load hopper drops down to ground level for easy filling with and and cement and then raises hydraulically up above the mixer drum, dumping its load into the mixer hydraulically.
Machine is powered by a Wisconsin engine which drives a big hydraulic pump.
"We fabricated many of the parts from scratch using a lathe, cutting torch, welder, and other tools. Almost all components used were picked up out of salvage yards," says Strouse.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clarence Strouse, 77 Acorn Hills Rd., Conroe, Tex. 77302 (ph 713 572-1183).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4