Concrete pumping isn’t just for big industrial building sites. Pumping concrete instead of pushing it in a wheelbarrow will save time and money for even a small patio project. A project manager should consider concrete pumping on their next work site for a number of reasons. Concrete pumping has a number of benefits over other processes. We’ll start with some context information on concrete pumping. Then we’ll explain how concrete pumping will help you save money.
What is concrete pumping?
Two pistons are mounted in the machine’s cylinders. A hopper connected to the pump receives liquid concrete. The first piston pushes air into the first cylinder, drawing molten concrete from the hopper. The other piston, at the same time, drives the concrete out into a discharge pipe. The two pistons then switch positions. This makes for constant concrete flow. The cylinders are switched between the hopper and the discharge pipe using a valve.
Types of Concrete Pumps
Truck Mounted Pump
The pump is installed on a tractor, as the name implies. It’s also recognized as a boom pump because the concrete is placed by an articulating robotic arm called a boom. The boom is controlled by a remote. On major building sites, this kind of concrete pump is often used. It has the ability to easily dump vast amounts of concrete. As a consequence, the pour is quicker and more precise.
Pump on a trailer, on a line, or in a stationary location
Steel or rubber hoses are connected to the rig, which is mounted on a cart, for this kind of pump. The pump’s reach is extended by attaching several hoses. Trailer pumps are ideal for smaller jobs and require a lower amount of concrete to be pumped. Pumps used for projects such as sidewalks and swimming pools are also known as the line or stationary pumps.
Pump for Specialized Use
The cost of specialized machinery is often higher. However, certain work sites, such as caves, necessitate custom concrete pumps. Rail-mounted pumps are a form of advanced use pump that is seldom used.
Concrete pumping has several advantages, including:
- Concrete may be placed at larger distances and heights.
- And in poor weather, you can pour concrete.
- Pouring smaller quantities in different locations, which some work sites can entail, is simpler.
- Pouring in place needs fewer jobs.
- From the source to the pouring spout, the concrete flows quicker.
- It has the ability to assist you in receiving
There is no work that a concrete pump can’t do, no matter how large or small it is. In most cases, the project manager will learn that using concrete pumping on their worksites saves money in the long term. Even if concrete pumping is more costly than other pouring processes, the labor and time savings will more than compensate for the cost of the operation. Concrete pumping could be the only viable option for difficult job sites in some situations.