Types of Concrete Pumps You Need to Know About

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Types of Concrete Pumps You Need to Know About

28 May 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


One of the most common ways to place concrete is using concrete pumps. Using these pumps is faster, more effective, economical, and in some projects, pouring concrete on a high-rise building, for instance, you may not have a choice but use concrete pumps. Nevertheless, getting the most out of concrete pumps in your construction project requires you to invest in the right type. If it is your first time hiring a concrete pump, knowing which one is the most ideal can be a problem. Therefore, to help you hire the best for your project, here is a breakdown of some of the major types of concrete pumps.

Stationary/Static/Ground Line Concrete Pumps

These are the first type of concrete pumps you will come across. They rely on a series of rubber or steel pipes or hoses to place the concrete. These pipes are attached to the outlet of the concrete pump and then directed to where the concrete has to be placed. They can also be joined to reach the required places. Static pumps can be attached to trucks or mounted on trailers. Due to the nature or design of these pumps, they are best suited for working on ground level projects such as concrete slab construction, swimming pool construction, or foundation and ground floor construction. They are also ideal for construction projects that need only small volumes of concrete to be placed. This is because compared to other types of concrete pumps, they tend to pump concrete at a slower rate. These pumps also have less manoeuvrability than other types of concrete pumps, which is part of the reason they are static pumps. Therefore, if you are using these pumps, make sure you choose a strategic spot for them to be placed to avoid having problems moving them around.

Boom Concrete Pumps

Unlike their stationary counterparts, boom concrete pumps feature a hydraulic arm that is used to place concrete in the needed areas. Because the hydraulic or articulating boom is usually controlled remotely, these pumps have a higher degree of manoeuvrability than static pumps. This property makes the pumps highly versatile because you can use them to pour concrete on various floors, especially if you are working on a high-rise building where the hydraulic arm can simply be adjusted to reach various heights. Boom concrete pumps are ideal for larger construction projects because they can pump large volumes of concrete within a shorter period.

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