What is a mixing paddle?
Mixing paddles are tools that can be used manually or powered by an electric drill or hand-held mixer.
They are designed to reduce time and effort when mixing a wide range of materials such as plaster, paint, and cement.
Mixing paddles come with various head shapes and sizes to perform different functions.
Depending on the material you wish to mix, there should be a suitable mixing paddle for each specific job.
Identifying which mixing paddles are manually operated and which can be used in a power tool depends on the shape of the end:
If it's a manual (hand-powered) paddle then it will have a type of handle, either a long wooden one or a 'T' shaped design.
Powered paddles will either have a hexagonal shaft to fit standard drills or an M14 thread to fit more powerful mixers.
Why would you use a mixing paddle?
You may wonder why some materials need mixing. This is because most are made up of two or more substances and mixing these produces a solution or a compound.
Mixing paddles are also designed to: remove lumps, thicken, thin, mash and prevent air exposure to mixtures.