Collecting concrete yourself

Discussion in 'Buildings & Infrastructure' started by Shepherd12, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Shepherd12

    Shepherd12 Member

    what are people’s thoughts on collecting your own concrete in an old grain trailer? Only live 1 mile from the plant
  2. egbert

    egbert Member

    hope you don't get a flat on the way home
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  3. Steevo

    Steevo Member

    Is there really likely to be much saving? Guess it depends if you just want a part load but I would think the ready is plant would probably price is higher for collection to not have the hassle of messing up the system.

    Would think you’d need to be careful of it settling or drying out.

    It’s pretty dense too so you’d want to be careful to not damage the trailer.

    Not forgetting the need to wash the trailer out after.
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  4. David.

    David. Member

    J11 M40
    I have done it, admittedly 4 miles, but it needed livening up through a mixer when it got home, the water comes to the top and runs out the tailgate, and the fines stick to the trailer bed.
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  5. Forever Fendt

    Forever Fendt Member

    only at very last resort
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  6. upnortheast

    upnortheast Member

    Done it on a couple of occasions. Hot day not the best, goes off a bit sharp
  7. mx110

    mx110 Member

    All depends what your doing, I often been in for half a meter with loadall bucket. It's about a mile away never lost any yet. Handy for lal jobs. Gate stoops stuff like that,
  8. egbert

    egbert Member

    a retarder additive might be your friend here
  9. ARW

    ARW Member

    By the time you have dug it out of your trailer in lumps that you then have to level, the wash out your trailer you could have had 2 wagon loads set and levelled.
  10. som farmer

    som farmer Member

    4 miles away, do it regulary for small lots, have a dry mix, and put plenty of water with it when you empty.
    part load here is, £40 metre empty, £70 metre mix
  11. Tarw Coch

    Tarw Coch Member

    Local builder had a flat on his merlo while taking some to a job in the village, run into the yard in a bit of a sweat needing to borrow the manitou in a hurry.
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  12. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Glamorgan Wales
    Shaking will bring water up in it and knacker it maybe so need to mix again.
    Not going to save anything.
    Get a potentiometer lorry.
    Only pay for what they discharge.
  13. bravheart

    bravheart Member

    scottish borders
    Done it in the past, local plant had a small batcher,mixer for that very reason, settled a bit but if just tipping out again mixed fine.
  14. jondear

    jondear Member

    Yes if your trailer can rotate ! Otherwise wouldn't be worth the hassle!
  15. Boohoo

    Boohoo Member

    It depends on what you want the concrete for. If you're putting in a lot of gateposts with semi dry it's worthwhile, if you want to concrete a floor or the yard it's not.
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  16. jamj

    jamj Member

    Done it a few times.
    Good for quantities that would be too much to mix and too little for to get delivered.
    Just get it semi dry and add water if needed at home.
    Used it for foundations, house floors and patching.
  17. Y Fan Wen

    Y Fan Wen Member

    N W Snowdonia
    No rmc lorry will fit here so the builder lined his trailer with plastic and collected it from the plant 2 miles away. It was then carried in buckets through the house to the back kitchen to make the new floor. No wheelbarrow access either, so it was a pain carrying out the old floor, slabs and soil.
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  18. egbert

    egbert Member

    Can't get mixers in here any more -they all got wider after about 2000.
    Everything has to be ferried last 1/4 mile in handler bucket and dump trailer.
  19. Timbo

    Timbo Member

    Gods County
    Not very safe.
  20. astra

    astra Member

    west mayo ireland
    Is there no mini mix trucks working in your area?

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