Portable mixing solutions: 5-gallon bucket mixers

Mark Hennis - President of INDCO, Inc 5 different types of 5-gallon bucket mixers

The versatility of 5-gallon bucket mixers (also called pail mixers) extends beyond their mixing capabilities. They cater to a wide array of industries and applications, from contractors painting facilities to bakers preparing batches for storefronts. Unlike smaller containers, five-gallon pails strike the perfect balance between mobility and capacity, facilitating easy transport around job sites while providing sufficient material for completing tasks efficiently.

In addition to their practicality, portable pail mixers offer cost-effective solutions compared to larger mixing formats. Prices vary based on features such as horsepower, motor type, and additional functionalities like variable speed control or explosion-proof capabilities. Regardless of the model, these mixers provide value by streamlining mixing processes and minimizing downtime.

At INDCO, we offer a range of portable pail mixers tailored to diverse mixing needs.

5 types of mixers used for 5-gallon buckets:

  • Ring Mount Mixers: Designed for easy placement and a secure fit on 5 gallon buckets. Available in a range of horsepower from 1/2 to 1-1/2 and both air and electric motor types.

  • Pail Processing Mixers: These mixers have many different use cases and are often used for efficient mixing of 5-gallon pails. With horsepower options varying from 1/15 to 4, these mixers can be used for low to high viscosity liquids and everything in between.

  • Rotating Pail Scraper Mixers:  Designed for powerful mixing of dense mixtures and highly viscous liquids. A turntable rotates the 5-gallon bucket while a stationary paddle scrapes the sides and bottom of the bucket.

  • Closed Container Mixers: Designed for sealed containers, often used to mix paints, coatings and sealants. Mixers used for closed lid containers include tumblers, rotators, shakers, and roller mills.

  • Drill Attachment Mixers: While not specifically designed for 5-gallon buckets, a drill attachment mixer is extremely versatile and is often a perfect solution for mixing in 5-gallon buckets. Ranging in price from $16 to $332, INDCO offers drill attachments that will get the job done in a variety of different mixing applications. If you’re blending by hand and find that your mixture is often inconsistent, the drill attachment is an ideal step up in mixing power while still keeping you within your budget.


With 5-gallon pail mixing being as common as it is, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to reach your potential. Browse through INDCO’s full variety of pail mixers here. If you aren’t seeing what you need or have any questions, contact the INDCO team or give us a call 1-800-851-1049.