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Ink mixer
« on: November 06, 2023, 10:32:30 AM »
I have been mixing my ink with an electric drill and a paddle. As I am getting older (48) I find this more of a PITA. I have watched a few youtube videos of ink mixers. Do any of you that use them think it was worth the cost? Is cleaning the mixing blades a fair trade off?
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2023, 10:59:23 AM »
I've wondered the same thing, like you I use a drill but I use a long allen wrench very easy to clean and I only mix gallons, qts with a short allen wrench.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2023, 11:09:14 AM »
I tried an allen wrench. I have torn through the side of too many buckets though.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2023, 11:21:52 AM »
Cheapest new (qts,gals) is probably the Revolvink from Ryonet sale price $999. recently. Or a used drill press setup also works (variable speed multi directional). Google around for different blades some suck to clean.

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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2023, 12:38:17 PM »
I use these from Lowes in my gallons. I don't clean them, whatever color they go in that's where they live. (also used to scoop ink)
For quarts I have a piece of flat stock aluminum that I've had for years.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2023, 09:04:32 PM »
I use a stiff piece of uncoated welding rod and bend the bottom into an inverted triangle and stick the top shaft in a drill.  Spin off the excess in the bucket and easy to wipe clean.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2023, 08:43:32 AM »
I love the bend welding pipe. That looks perfect.
Do you guys think I could use something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Pneumatic-Machine-scenstar-Machine-Coating-Shipping/dp/B07GB51HH9/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?crid=V1HKD09AFHYG&keywords=ink+mixer+5+gallon&qid=1699300759&sprefix=ink+mixer+5+gallon%2Caps%2C101&sr=8-12-spons&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.f5122f16-c3e8-4386-bf32-63e904010ad0&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9tdGY&psc=1
I would love to be able to run this at low speed and be able to walk away for 10 minutes.
Thanks again for all the insight.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2023, 09:25:03 AM »
How is the container held in place?
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2023, 09:44:50 AM »
I love the bend welding pipe. That looks perfect.
Do you guys think I could use something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Pneumatic-Machine-scenstar-Machine-Coating-Shipping/dp/B07GB51HH9/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?crid=V1HKD09AFHYG&keywords=ink+mixer+5+gallon&qid=1699300759&sprefix=ink+mixer+5+gallon%2Caps%2C101&sr=8-12-spons&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.f5122f16-c3e8-4386-bf32-63e904010ad0&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9tdGY&psc=1
I would love to be able to run this at low speed and be able to walk away for 10 minutes.
Thanks again for all the insight.

Two questions about that mixer 1 is it strong enough to mix thick plastisol inks, (paint is already thin) 2 what's holding the bucket down, unless your going to stand there and hold it.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2023, 12:46:20 PM »
The paint mixer gets the ink moving pretty good in the bucket. I hold it between my feet, only mix for about 5 mins. Works well for me.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2023, 03:03:06 PM »
I am using my feet to hold the bucket too. I am getting to old to stand there and hold a drill for 5 minutes. I want something I can walk away from.
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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2023, 04:50:37 PM »
Oddly enough, after reading this thread, i had some spam from AWT advertising their Tornado ink mixer...

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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2023, 07:08:19 PM »
because i mix only small amounts of ink, this is perfect and pretty easy to wipe clean:

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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2023, 08:02:45 PM »
Oddly enough, after reading this thread, i had some spam from AWT advertising their Tornado ink mixer...

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Re: Ink mixer
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2023, 11:41:46 PM »
You can get a pottery wheel of Amazon, add your own stand for the mixing blades plus a variable fan speed controller if you want to go below the 200 rpm the pottery wheel does. Cost no more then US 300 max.