Types of Concrete Pump

Types of Concrete Pump

A Guide to Concrete Pumping

For construction companies across Bucks, Beds, and Herts, we know that streamlining concrete placement is crucial. Concrete pumps vastly improve this process by replacing the labour-intensive and potentially wasteful practice of using wheelbarrows. The ability to transport concrete quickly and accurately makes pumps indispensable on many sites. In this blog we’ll consider the different types of concrete pump.

The Benefits of Using Custom Concrete Pumps:

  • Greater Efficiency – Concrete pumps significantly accelerate pouring, with average rates of 20-90 cubic metres per hour.
  • Adaptability – Pumps overcome site access challenges that can hinder traditional concrete delivery methods.
  • Expertise You Can Count On – Our knowledge of local conditions helps us guide you to the perfect pump and concrete mix combination.

How Does a Concrete Pump Work?

Concrete pumps, despite their variations in size and capability, operate on a remarkably straightforward principle. At their core there is a system of two interconnected cylinders, each containing a piston. These pistons work in tandem, one retracting to create a suction force that draws liquid concrete from the mixer truck, while the other simultaneously pushes concrete forward.

This coordinated movement results in a steady, controlled flow of concrete that can be directed precisely to the desired location. The result is a significantly cleaner, more efficient, and less labour-intensive process compared to traditional manual methods of concrete transport.

Two Types of Concrete Pump

At Custom Concrete, we understand that efficient concrete placement is key to your project’s success. Our mix-on-site concrete ensures optimal freshness, but the right delivery method makes all the difference.

The Line Pump – For Improved Access

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  • Challenge: The volumetric truck is unable to position itself directly adjacent to the pour site.
  • Custom Concrete Solution: A line pump. We use these to navigate tight spaces, even routing concrete through buildings when needed. Fresh concrete flows smoothly through connected pipes and hoses.
  • Example Jobs: Pouring residential foundations, garden patios, or concrete paths in confined areas.
  • Why It Works: An agitator keeps the mix in prime condition during the pour, and our typical line pump setup covers 150 metres, with extensions available.

The Boom Pump – For Better Reach

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  • Challenge: You’re pouring from above – a foundation slab below ground level, perhaps, or behind an existing wall.
  • Custom Concrete Solution: A boom pump. Its hydraulic arm smoothly elevates the concrete delivery system right above your pour site. We offer both truck-mounted and stationary options.
  • Example Jobs: Multi-floor building construction, bridge foundations, or pouring large commercial slabs.
  • Why It Works: Our boom pumps can reach up to 72 metres, ensuring even high or hard-to-access pours get the fresh concrete they need, with consistent agitation throughout.

Can Wheelbarrows Work for Smaller Jobs?

While wheelbarrows can be used for smaller concrete pours, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons. Here are some considerations:

  • Labour Requirements – Even a seemingly small 1 cubic metre pour requires around 30 wheelbarrow loads. This demands a number of people for timely completion, adding to your project’s cost.
  • Speed Matters – Fresh concrete has a limited workable time. The slower pace of wheelbarrow transport can compromise the quality of your pour, especially in warmer weather.
  • Equipment Durability – Concrete is heavy! Standard garden wheelbarrows aren’t designed for this load and may not withstand the repeated trips. Investing in heavy-duty barrows becomes another cost.

Even for smaller jobs, a line pump can streamline the process. It ensures consistent concrete quality, saves on labour, and minimises the risk of mix hardening before it’s placed.

At Custom Concrete we can help you to assess your needs for a small project. Our Customer Service team can give expert guidance on whether a concrete pump is necessary for your job.

Improve Your Pour – Custom Concrete Pump Hire

Partnering with Custom Concrete for your concrete pump hire means a hassle-free experience. To get started, simply provide us with a few key details when you order your volumetric concrete:

  • Pumping Distance. Let us know how far the concrete needs to travel.
  • Concrete Mix. Specify the type of mix you’ve chosen for your project.
  • Project Scope. Tell us the volume of concrete required.

From small DIY projects to large-scale construction, we offer tailored pump solutions for every need. Unsure of which pump best suits your site? Our experienced team is here to offer expert guidance and ensure you have the right equipment for a successful pour.

Why Choose Custom Concrete?

We’re your trusted local partner for fresh, on-site mixed concrete throughout Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire. Our customers rely on the Custom Concrete Calculator for accurate volume ordering, paired with the mix customisation we provide. By adding our pump hire service, you create a seamless process – from mixing the perfect concrete to placing it with precision and speed.

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

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