Red Lion BigCat Concrete Mixer

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  • Red Lion BigCat Mixer - Small Price for Small Jobs

    Dec 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cheap price, quiet operation for the price, easy to clean, good support from manufacturer.
    Cons: Handles 1.5 s/ft, not 3 square feet as stated. Must fill oil cup each use.

    Summary: recently bought the Red Lion BigCat from Amazon.com of all places (they sell everything don't they!) With free and speedy shipping it was an easy choice for the small projects I had to pour. Delivery was fast and the box was well packaged. Assembly ... read more

  • Good for mixing soil in a small nursery

    Mar 1, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Affordable price
    Good functionality when worm gear is kept properly lubricated
    Mixing drum doesn't rust
    Cons: Not best for concrete mixing
    Mixing fins inside drum do rust

    Summary: I purchased my Red Lion Big Cat for use as a soil mixer.  For this use, the mixer is ideal and has lasted for years now.  The nylon worm gear did start to strip out but I found that the solution is in NOT following the manufacturer's ... read more

  • The Big Cat is a Little Puss

    Sep 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I thought the price was tempting and it looked very handy for my light uses.
    Cons: Key parts are too light duty for even the lightest use!

    Summary: I bought my Big Cat mixer to mix 6-8 bags of concrete once or twice a month. I broke one of the plastic drum pivots by over-tightening on initial assembly -something warned about in the instructions. I was being very careful but, wanted the poorly cast ... read more

  • Poor design; poor choice

    Mar 5, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Only "Pros" are it's downfall; light and cheap but won't last.
    Cons: Not made for real world applications.

    Summary: I'm a small General Contractor. Bought this for those times the job's just too small for delivery. I figured 20-30 bags would be this "Cat's" turf. Not so! It's just too light. Nice to through in the back of my truck, but it's useable life is going ... read more

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  • Red Lion Big Cat Concrete Mixer

    Sep 26, 2013 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Ease of use, small/portable $$
    Cons: plastic worm gear wears out, can't stress enough  keep clean and oiled while using

    Summary: All in all the Red Lion Big Cat Mixer is a good machine for the homeowner. Save the manual! My husband has owned one for several years and it is not babied at all. BUT, he does oil the plastic worm gear which will wear out. Finding parts is not easy. I ... read more

  • POS

    Jul 9, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: It is inexpensive.
    Cons: Cheaply made soft plastic drive worm gear.

    Summary: Red Lion Big Cat 295151 There is a plastic worm gear that drived the drum. It is very soft plastic and mine stripped on the second bag of conctere that I mixed. Spend a couple bucks more and buy a better one. or mis no more than 20 lbs of mix at a time. ... read more

  • Really...plastic wormdrive lubricated by veg. oil?

    Oct 20, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: I get to warn others about this product
    Cons: the design still exists????

    Summary: Love Lowes but HATE this product. Bought one a few years back. Plastic worm drive shredded on second use...even though lubricated. Called manufacturer and they sent me a new one...they said it happens all the time. Shredded again. Motor works fine...just ... read more

  • Ken's Distributing still has the gear

    Aug 21, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Easy use, wheel barrow loading, easy to repair, vegetable oil lubrication environmentally friendly
    Cons: Wom gear is plastic and does wear out but allows vegetable oil lubrication

    Summary: We have had excellent service from the Big Cat for home projects and the worm gear lasted 4 or 5 years.  Ken's Distributing gave excellent help on the phone, sent the gear quickly and at a reasonable price.  I replaced the gear with no ... read more

  • Red Lion Cement Mixer by Monarch

    Jul 16, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Well built and has stood up well for home improvements.    
    Cons: Worm gear too expensive to be replaced every year. 

    Summary: We bought this mixer about 4 years ago to do small home improvement projects.  Our small projects turned into large ones when we found a great love for laying rock.  Rock walls, rock patios, rock walks, rock steps...This mixer has been a real ... read more

  • piece of junk

    Jan 17, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: none none none none none none none none none none none none none none none
    Cons: cheep at buying ,up keep terable

    Summary: i just used mine to deburr parts ,2-coffee cns of pea sized rock ,gal of water and coffee can of steel washers .drive gear keeps going out.in 2007 they were 12.oo now there 55.00 [2009]   even the dealers say the gears are a piece of ... read more

  • Red Lion Big Cat Mixer worm Drive Gear

    May 1, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Very good price and easy to use.
    Cons: Replacing the broken part... but now it seems to be running great :)

    Summary: This mixer is plenty sufficient for mixing small quantities at for a limited time, but when any sort of work needs to be done that is more demanding, this should not be your first option.  This mixer is known for it's worm drive gear giving out. ... read more

  • BigCat Mixer New Contact Information

    Apr 14, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Inexpensive mixer for do it yourselfer. 
    Cons: Use only air tool oil to lubricate the worm gear.

    Summary: BigCat mixers are manufactured by Monarch Industries.  Since September 2007 they are no longer affiliated with Red Lion.  If you need to contact the company please call 800-665-0247 and not 800-667-1457.  You can also go to Monarch's ... read more

  • Spend More and Get More

    Aug 5, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Relatively cheap, light weight, nice balance.
    Cons: Extremely poor drive system. Motor too small.

    Summary: You might want to give this one a pass. I bought this mixer about two years ago for light jobs around the house. It has been well looked after and the proper electrical cord size used but the plastic worm gear that drives the large ring gear on the drum ... read more

  • red lion 3,5 cf conc mixer

    Mar 13, 2008 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: It is cheap and will run under a very light load for a limited time
    Cons: It doesn't do the job.

    Summary: I have used the mixer to mix 10 cubic yards of sack concrete. It is underpowered to mix 1 60# sack of sakcrete. It will mix about 30# of sakcrete at one time without overloading the electric motor. The worm gear, which is nylon, only lasted for the 10 ... read more

  • Limited Life

    Aug 12, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: inexpensive. good mixer when new
    Cons: stops working- permanently

    Summary: The price is attractive. Purchased at Home Depot, it presented as all a homeowner needed to address smaller concrete projects. I used it to mix 80 lb bags, about one and a half, per drum. Worked well for 30- 35 bags total when putting up a wood, privacy ... read more

  • Great Mixer

    May 18, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cheap.
    Cons: It's small.

    Summary: I bought this mixer in June of 2005... It's now May of 2007 and still going strong. I have mixed over 1800 mixes in it! No I am not kidding. I paid about $180 for it a Lowes... you do the math. It works great for the price. The design is a little ... read more

  • This product probably designed by a government worker

    Jan 2, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Throw away EVERYTHING but the drum. Refab mixer w/farm junk Re: a real gearbox.
    Cons: They don't sell the drum by itself

    Summary: Bought this cement mixer to prepare mortar for block laying and cell filling for foundation work underneath our house. Reading the existing reviews here on E-pinions, I can see what lies ahead. Unlike the other posters here, I have not yet used my ... read more

  • it is what it is

    Oct 6, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: light, quick setup no gas needed, and cheap to buy.
    Cons: it is light duty so don't expect to last forever

    Summary: I bought mine from Lowe's. In short it is a light easy to use mixer. I liked mine enough to order new parts. I used mine to mix about 250 bags of cement and mortar before the worm gear gave out. I split 80 lb bags in half to load mixing the first ... read more

  • Having problems with my mixer

    Sep 28, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great for working on projects around the house,and look forward to future projects.
    Cons: This mixer is limited as to the size project you have and the materials.

    Summary: I purchased my big cat mixer the summer of 2005, I used it once to pour a 8' x8' pad for my Hot tub to sit on. The mixer worked great, I cleaned it up and placed it in my garage and left it their. A month ago i got it out and filled the vegetable oil ... read more

  • Ken's Distributing has the gear

    Jul 13, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: good for small jobs
    Cons: hardly any

    Summary: Hi everyone, I've had this mixer for about two years now and have been very pleased. I've used it for some small jobs and one fairly big one. I only mix ~120# at once and it does fine. Remember to let it run a couple minutes and be sure the worm gear is ... read more

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