There are three types of concrete pumps in use in the construction industry today: boom pumps, truck-mounted line pumps and trailer-mounted line pumps. If you need a concrete pump to facilitate moving concrete from the delivery truck to your building site, several factors will determine which of the three concrete pumps is ideal for you. Find out what they are below.
Ease of reach
How easy is it to access the site? If there is only a small space available on the ground, with no possibility of aerial delivery, both truck-mounted and trailer-mounted concrete pumps can apply. With these, a delivery line can be created using concrete ground pipes. However, if the concrete cannot be delivered via the ground due to surrounding developments, a boom pump is ideal as the concrete will be poured from a suspended position up in the air. This is especially ideal for wall slabs, storey floors, and high-rise applications.
Every concrete pump has the capacity to pump concrete at a specific rate or speed. This highly influences how fast the process can be completed. In general, boom pumps have the fastest speeds as they pump concrete within a limited distance while using a very large pump. Trailer-mounted line pumps fall at the opposite end of the spectrum, offering the lowest flow rate. Truck-mounted line pumps, in turn fall in between.
Ease of use
Flow rate aside, you also have to evaluate which concrete pumping option is simple. In this regard, boom pumps clinch the first position. In addition to having a fast flow rate, they also do not require any installation at the site. They can pump concrete immediately upon arrival and then leave. Line pumps, on the other hand, require that the delivery pipes be first set up and inspected before the pumping can begin. They then have to be dismantled at the end of the process before being carried away.
Scale of job
When it comes to scale, you want a pumping option that can adequately deliver concrete to the site within the stipulated times. Ironically, truck-mounted line pumps are better at this compared to boom pumps. Once set up, they can deliver larger volumes of concrete over time, even if at a slower rate. The delivery pipes on a line pump can also be installed over much longer distances and heights. Boom pumps follow second due to their fast flow rate and flexibility while trailer pumps are best for small scale jobs such as driveways.
Choose the right concrete pumping equipment and ensure that the job is completed, and on time. If not sure which to pick, consult a concrete contractor first.