In a previous blog post, we wrote an article about the history of plastering. Those that read it will be aware that plastering has been around since the caveman but, obviously plastering has advanced significantly since its inception.
The way that plasterers mix materials has also advanced over the decades too, but sometimes it has advanced at a much slower pace. However, I’m sure every plasterer out there is glad that progression has been made, as initially plasterers would simply use a stick to stir their materials. As you know, we now we have some high tech plastering mixers that make the job of a plasterer a little bit easier.
In this post, we share with you the evolution of plastering mixers. How did people mix plaster decades ago and how have the tools evolved since? We like to think the history of mixing plaster is just as interesting as the history of plastering itself and if you enjoyed our previous post, then you are bound to enjoy this one too.
As previously mentioned, the first known way to mix plaster was with a simple stick. Using a bucket, plasterers would mix the plaster with the stick which often left quite a lumpy material to work with. As you can imagine this was also incredibly labour intensive so would leave you aching before you even got to work on the walls.
As people were becoming more concerned with the finish, plasterers had to find a way to make the material more lump free. So, plasterers began attaching a bike wheel or pram wheel to the end of the stick to help mix the materials. This innovation was a huge success and helped remove a large majority of the lumps. However, there was a downside to this method. There was often a layer of compacted plaster left on the base of the bucket.
As you can imagine, manufacturers across the globe jumped on this plastering mixing invention and started to produce the plasterer’s wheel. This was basically the same as attaching a wheel to the stick but, it seemed a lot more professional to buy a purpose built plastering wheel instead.
Then in the eighties, the electric whisk was invented. This allowed plasterers to mix their materials in a much quicker amount of time. It also gave the plasterer a much smoother material to work with and was less labour intensive. Like the stick and wheel, the whisk does have a downside too. The whisk can be damaged and is a bit more expensive to replace than previous tools.
Now, a new product has been introduced called mix m8. We have yet to try mix m8 but, it has apparently been designed to overcome the problems that plasterers find when using the whisk. The team at mix m8 have called it the blade and this is quite possibly the next revolutionary plaster mixing tool.
From research, we can see that the blade creates a vortex in the bucket of water. This then sucks all the powdered material into the water and leaves the plasterer with a thoroughly mixed and consistent material. Mix m8 also claim that they can mix a 25kg bag in twenty one seconds. Pretty impressive.
The blade is also made of plastic. Previously, the majority of plastering mixers are made of metal instead. Mix m8 claim that plaster does not stick to plastic so apparently it is much easier to clean.
Only time will tell how plastering mixers will change in the future, but what is clear from this article is that mixing plaster has come a phenomenally long way and whether you use a whisk or a blade, I am sure there is not a plasterer out there today that would choose to give it up in favour of the stick.