A DIY Brick Making Machine That Makes Money

The Mobile Maker is a DIY brick making machine that pumps out 3,500 concrete bricks in just one hour, making a very profitable business for any homesteader.

| September/October 1977

This DIY brick making machine produces cement bricks using MMI equipment.

This DIY brick making machine produces cement bricks using MMI equipment.

Photo By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff

This DIY brick making machine is a low-cost high-production system that will make you money.

MOTHER NO. 46 carried a 30-year-old article by Hi Sibley about a do-it-yourself machine that can produce up to 100 concrete blocks an hour.

Well, that's pretty good. But MOTHER staffers Travis Brock and J. Weiland recently watched a brand-new, super-simple, DIY brick making machine near Austin, Texas kick out an incredible 3,500 concrete bricks in just one hour!

That's right . . . 3,500 3 inch by 3 inch by 9 inch concrete bricks in only 60 minutes. And the straightforward apparatus that spewed out all those construction blocks has no motors, no gears, no hydraulic systems, and no other complex hardware. In fact, it's entirely manually operated! And with the production capacity that it has, this little machine is far more than just a unique combination of steel and wood . . . it's a rather fantastic small business all neatly packaged and mounted on three wheels that, if you like, you might even just hitch up to your car and tow home!

The Mobile Maker: Filling A Niche

This amazing piece of equipment is the brainchild of Jack Dameron and David and Daniel Dennis, all of Austin. Together, the three men are Methods Manufacturing, Inc . . . . and they've been calling their compact 500-pound machine the "Mobile Maker". David, however, says that MMI is changing the brickmaker's name to "Mold Master" in the States . . . and it's already becoming known as "Adobero" (Mud Mule) in Mexico, where the machine is also being marketed.

It was Dameron who originally sparked the trio into developing the Mold Master. Jack had been working in one end or another of the concrete brick and adobe block business for roughly 20 years, and he was well aware of the need within the trade for just such a contrivance.

3/28/2014 9:08:10 AM

Fernco Metals makes something similar to this. You can also make the machine yourself: http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/CEB_press

stone lee
7/14/2008 9:27:06 PM

Does this machine still exist if so how do I buy one?

heidi hunt_2
12/11/2007 11:29:44 AM

I am sorry, it is not.

12/11/2007 10:55:56 AM

Is this company still around.

11/29/2007 12:35:03 PM

I am just curious as to whether these machines are still available

11/25/2007 4:32:59 PM

After so many years in the concrete precast industry, I'm learning to help more people to reach their own house. Information on social programs and plans welcomed. Thanks, Ernesto

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