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i have been experimenting with making a cob mixer for awhile, the best i have come up with is thin wheels loaded with concrete block to mash the cob, it works pretty well, wondering what others have come up with to make it where it is not so wet and makes it quick?
 
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this could well be a stupid question..... but would a cement mixer do the job for mixing cobb?
 
                        
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Couldn't you use one of them roto-till thingajobbies?
 
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I haven't gotten to making cob (yet) but Ianto Evans and others who have done a lot of it say that a cement mixer won't work.  A mortar mixer, however, will work, according to them.

A rototiller, however, I'm pretty sure WON'T work -- because the cob is mixed with long straw for strength and that would wrap around the tines of the tiller, making a real mess that would be difficult to remove.

Kathleen, who has no better solutions to offer at this point in time!
 
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you all have two great cob mixers already at the bottom of your legs.
 
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Soil, I'm not sure each and every one of us is standing on a tarp.

 
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it works like a cultivator except it is wheels instead of sharp pans, just wondering what anyone else has come up with, looking for the best for less without electricity or gas
 
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pahanna wrote:
it works like a cultivator except it is wheels instead of sharp pans, just wondering what anyone else has come up with, looking for the best for less without electricity or gas



I've read the most effective way is to take off one's shoes, pour a batch out onto a tarp, stomp it around, and fold it over using the tarp.

Still a lot of work, so I hear, but not nearly as much as other methods.
 
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hmm here is a more or less comprehensive list of mechanical mixers that sorta work.

Tractor
tiller
car
plaster mixer
cement mixer with rocks in
lawn roller

I am missing one or five but thats the jist

then we have the foot brigade and this all seems to work much better.

donkey
cow
jackass (who knew there was use for a son in law)
Horse
goat (s)
Clean humans
dirty humans
daughters (however; i have been told that these occasionally bring about the jackass's)
unihumans

and welshmen.

thats pretty much every mixer i have seen so far.
 
                        
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Ernie wrote:

and welshmen.



Don't forget the Irish!

 
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oh i didnt forget they are in the dirty humans category and sometimes the son in law category
 
                        
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Ernie wrote:
oh i didnt forget they are in the dirty humans category and sometimes the son in law category



Well, it shows your daughters have good taste, then... 
 
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LOL
 
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Best I have found is my Bobcat, but it is in the tractor category.

I don't do mud between my toes.
 
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