How to use a plasterers paddle mixer
On The DIY School Plastering Courses we use purpose made 1400W plastering paddle mixers.
For small amounts of plaster, less than a 1/3 of a bag, one can get away with mixing by hand. Any more then we recommend that an electric mixer is used.
It is important that you get the plaster on the wall as quickly as possible once you start mixing and the electric paddle mixer the quickest way of getting the plaster ready for laying down.
Though you can buy mixing paddles for hand held drills the mixing process will quickly burn the drill out. We recommend a purpose built one, like the Draper 1400w Paddle mixer in our Toolshop.
The purpose built paddle mixer drills will be deigned for comfortable use and the motors will be powerful enough and robust enough to withstand constant use.
A good quality paddle mixer can typically be bought for around £120 or rented by the day for considerably less.
If you own an SDS drill this may be used on occasions, but will probably be difficult to handle as a mixer.