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Manual vs. power paddles

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Mixing paddles fall into two main categories: manual (powered by hand) and power (powered by an electric drill or mixer). Mixing paddles fall into two main categories: manual (powered by hand) and power (powered by an electric drill or mixer).

Manual paddles

The hand-operated mixing paddles are the 'mud masher' and the 'plasterer's mixing wheel'. Manual paddles allow the most control when mixing as they are constructed with handles so you can mix in a way that suits you. The hand-operated mixing paddles are the ‘mud masher’ and the ‘plasterer’s mixing wheel’.

Manual paddles allow the most control when mixing as they are constructed with handles so you can mix in a way that suits you.

However, manual paddles are limited to mixing plaster and similar materials such as mortar, sealants, adhesives and fillers because of the amount of force a user can produce while mixing. However, manual paddles are limited to mixing plaster and similar materials such as mortar, sealants, adhesives and fillers because of the amount of force a user can produce while mixing.
Manual paddles can only be turned at the speed the user is capable of going, and the quantity of material that can be mixed depends on the strength of the user. As mixing materials manually can be very physical, you may not wish to mix a large volume of thick material as this could prevent the best possible outcome as well as tire you out quickly. Manual paddles can only be turned at the speed the user is capable of going, and the quantity of material that can be mixed depends on the strength of the user.

As mixing materials manually can be very physical, you may not wish to mix a large volume of thick material as this could prevent the best possible outcome as well as tire you out quickly.

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Powered paddles

There is a wide range of powered mixing paddles that all have different features for specific jobs. There are a number of various head shapes to choose from for mixing certain materials. They offer multiple mixing actions and can perform at high and low speeds with drills or mixing machines. Using a power drill compared to a hand-held mixer can mean reduced power so power drills are suitable for mixing light to medium duty materials only. There is a wide range of powered mixing paddles that all have different features for specific jobs.

There are a number of various head shapes to choose from for mixing certain materials. They offer multiple mixing actions and can perform at high and low speeds with drills or mixing machines.

Using a power drill compared to a hand-held mixer can mean reduced power so power drills are suitable for mixing light to medium duty materials only.

Powered paddles can mix a wider range of materials compared to manual ones. With these paddles, depending on the head shape you choose, they can mix plaster, mixing aggregate, paint, adhesives, cement, fillers, artex, screed, mortar, paste, tile adhesive and many more. Powered paddles can mix a wider range of materials compared to manual ones.

With these paddles, depending on the head shape you choose, they can mix plaster, mixing aggregate, paint, adhesives, cement, fillers, artex, screed, mortar, paste, tile adhesive and many more.

Unlike manual paddles, powered paddles take the drudgery out of mixing materials, and save you time and energy so you're one happy user. Unlike manual paddles, powered paddles take the drudgery out of mixing materials, and save you time and energy so you’re one happy user.
There are disadvantages to powered paddles such as when attaching the paddle to the mixer, which can be time consuming. Another can be if the drill or mixer is damaged or runs out of battery then you may not be able to use it. There are disadvantages to powered paddles such as when attaching the paddle to the mixer, which can be time consuming.

Another can be if the drill or mixer is damaged or runs out of battery then you may not be able to use it.

As well as this, you will always need a power supply with each, whether it is battery powered or electric.