STEEL PRICES RISE:
The carbon steel market is poised to grow by 699.35 MT during 2020-2024 progressing at a CAGR of almost 8% during the forecast period." (Source: Business Wire)
This is what we are seeing all across the industry; day after day new emails from vendor's telling us that their prices are rising, every order we make for materials needs to be revised because the last price is no longer valid, and for good reason. The cost of steel materials has been steadily increasing throughout 2020, and it unfortunately has not slowed into 2021. The reduced capacities of companies in this industry due to Covid-19 health and safety regulations continues to have an impact. As a result, we are forced to increase our list pricing for 2021 and add a steel surcharge to off-set the rising costs that is projected to continue this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have on our close and prospective customers. We we will do what we can to keep our prices low when the opportunities are found, but right now we are left with little options.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
JORDEN LEIB, VICE PRESIDENT OF SKID STEER SOLUTIONS
BMX-600 Mix and Go Concrete Mixer Attachment
The Eterra BMX Concrete Mixer become a huge hit upon product release. These concrete mixer attachments work excellent on Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders and have become one of the top solutions for small batch concrete mixing. Because of that boom, Eterra is able to offer an even larger model. Meet the BMX-600 Concrete Mixer attachment for Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders and Telehandlers. Featuring a massive 21 Cu. Ft. mixer bucket, the BMX-600 has the strength and capabilities to mix and pour massive amounts of concrete quickly, efficiently, and accurately. Eterra products are always designed to provide value by giving you more than one purpose. The BMX-600 fits the bill to a tee.
The BMX-600 Concrete Mixer attachment is suitable with full-size skid steer and compact track loaders. When selecting this model, please note the weight of this attachment when full is 4,564 pounds.
- 21 Cu. Ft. capacity
- Galvanized steel side chute
- Spring assisted side gate
- Hydraulically operated center chute (8" diameter)
- 5 foot flexible hose for easy pouring
- Top grate bag cutter
- Fully enclosed sprocket and chain drive system
- Easy to lift grate makes it easy to clean
- Hardox 400 steel paddles
- Precision laser cut parts, CNC forming and robotic welding
- Pad mounting holes for excavators
- Reversible drive system
- Polyurethane seals with 90 shore hardness.
- BMX-600 Skid Steer Concrete Mixer
- Universal Skid Steer Mounting Plate
- Hydraulic Hoses
- Flat faced couplers
- Attachment control device
- Owner's manual
Mixing Concrete 101: We recommend using Redimix/Quikrete for the best results.
A typical mix is 1 part water, 2 parts cement and 3 parts sand/gravel by volume. A dry mix should be mixed first with the water added slowly. If a slump cone is available, adjust water to achieve a 2" - 3" (51 - 76mm) slump. The final water content should be approximately 6 - 9 pt (2.8 - 4.3L) of water per 80 lb (36.3 kg) bag of concrete. The easiest way for you to achieve the best results is to use bagged pre-mix in 80 lb. bags. Each bag provides .60 cu. ft. of finished concrete. This translates to 15 bags of mix per batch. The current price today per bag is about $4. For small batch on demand concrete, it does not get much better.
The first time you create a batch it is advisable to use a 55 gallon barrel that is prefilled with water. Use a white 5 gallon pail and measure 4 gallons inside the pail and draw a line inside the bucket so you can scoop a predetermined amount each time you fill the bucket. The idea is to add enough water to the mix and keep track of how much water you have used so that each consecutive batch will be the same consistency.
If you choose to mix the entire batch on your own, it is still advisable to buy your sand/gravel premixed to insure the quality you would expect for a professional batch. If you still would like to mix your own then scoop enough sand/gravel into your mixer to cover the paddles. Add 1.5 bags of Portland Cement per batch for 4000 psi concrete or 2 bags per batch for 5000 psi concrete. Once you have added water, the mixture will compress so you can add more sand/gravel mix to top off the batch. Once the batch is thoroughly mixed, it is safe to transport to the pour site.
Lots of water with some pea gravel added. Run the mixer for a few minutes and rinse any other spots that you see that have lingering traces of mix. A small spray bottle with diesel added will help to keep everything from rusting and sticking the next time you use your mixer.
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