Types of Concrete Pump

Types of Concrete Pump

Transporting liquid concrete from where it is mixed to where it is needed, seems like a simple proposition doesn’t it? Until the mid 1960s though, large construction sites were still using cranes to shift buckets of concrete from one spot to another. Nowadays we take for granted the mobile concrete pump, which transports concrete quickly and efficiently.

At Custom Concrete we hire out concrete pumps to facilitate the pour of mixed on site concrete. All we need to know is how far you want to pump your concrete, the concrete mix you are using, and the amount you need pumped. We provide the same service on every size of job from DIY to large construction projects, and we are always ready to talk through what you need.

How Does a Concrete Pump Work?

There are several different types of concrete pump but they all apply the same principle. There are two cylinders that are fitted with pistons. These move alternately to draw liquid concrete from the mixer. One cylinder creates air pressure that draws the concrete up, the other delivers the concrete to its desired location. It is a simple, clean and efficient way to get an unwieldy job done.

Two Types of Concrete Pump

At Custom Concrete we produce customised mix on site concrete. Once it has reached its optimum state, it should be poured as quickly as possible. In many cases concrete pump hire isn’t required as we can get our volumetric trucks close enough to the pour site to work without it. Where it is needed, though, there are two types of concrete pump to choose from.

1. Line Pump

  • When to Use a Line Pump. If it’s impossible to get the volumetric truck close enough to the pour site, or if you need the pour to be completed quickly.
  • How Does a Line Pump Work? Concrete is pumped through pipes and hoses from the mix on-site truck to your footing or slab. It can navigate around obstacles or through a building if necessary.
  • Benefits. Freshly mixed concrete gets to the pour site fast. Throughout the pour an agitator keeps working the mix to keep it in an optimum state.

2. Boom Pump

  • When to Use a Boom Pump. If you need to pour site mixed concrete from a height, or drop pour it from above, a boom pump is the solution you need.
  • How Does a Boom Pump Work? It has a hydraulic arm which lifts the piping carrying concrete and elevates it above the pour site.
  • Benefits. Mixed on-site concrete can be lifted over obstacles such as walls, or hedges to be poured where needed. The concrete is kept agitated throughout the process.

Working With Custom Concrete

Custom Concrete is a leading provider of site mixed concrete across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Our customers use the Custom Concrete calculator to determine the volume of materials needed, and let us know what kind of mix they require. We deliver fresh concrete, on site, mixed to your requirements. Our pump hire service ensures it is poured as soon as it has been mixed.

Would you like to talk to one of our concrete specialists about site mixed concrete, or pump hire? Call us today on 01525 861899 or 07771 545410

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