If you are planning a large scale concrete pouring operation for your construction project, you will need a concrete pump for the job. Concrete pumps will allow you to pour concrete at faster speeds and over longer distances as compared to concrete mixers. In this article, find out the differences between the three major types of concrete pumps so that you can narrow down which one is most ideal for your project.
A boom pump consists of a hydraulic set of booms mounted on a truck. On the pour site, the hydraulic boom is extended to the desired length and directed over the pour site. Unlike other concrete pumps, boom pumps are highly flexible due to the foldable booms. The booms can be manipulated in many ways to manoeuvre over tight spaces and to go over obstacles. Boom pumps also offer great accuracy because concrete can be poured at precise points. Mostly though, boom pumps allow high-reach applications to be carried with ease, thanks to the boom contraption. The pump is also easy to set up because it is automatically operated. However, boom pumps are limited in reach due to their fixed boom length.
A line pump is also truck mounted just like a boom pump. However, instead of using a boom contraption to deliver the concrete, this pump uses metal pipes to form a delivery line, hence the source of its name. Because individual pipes are used, the line pump is very versatile. It can be assembled to any length and in any direction using line pipes of different sizes, depending on the scale of the job. Unfortunately, line pumps take time to assemble to disassemble. Consequently, they also need more labour.
Trailer pumps are similar to line pumps because delivery pipes are used to channel the concrete to the desired location. However, unlike the other two options where trucks are used, here the pump is mounted on a trailer. As such, trailer pumps can be towed by trucks and 4WD vehicles. They are therefore cheaper to hire. They also offer more portability and can be fitted inside tight spaces and closer to the work site. They can also be positioned in any angle needed to facilitate easier concrete pouring.
If you need concrete pouring services, concrete pumps are ideal for slabs, walls, pillars and any large scale pour application, talk to a concrete pumping contractor, such as those at Hunter Concrete Pump Hire, and get to know which of the above there options is best suited for your needs.