Pouring concrete on a worksite can be tricky business. Safety concerns and access issues mean that it’s important to choose the correct concrete pumping mechanism to suit the worksite and the application.
Concrete pumping holds many benefits over more manual forms of concrete pouring. It requires fewer workers and less manual labour, requires less water, reduces labour costs, and increases the speed and accuracy of pouring. Concrete pumping also yields stronger, more durable concrete with less cracking.
When it comes to concrete pouring there are two main types of pump: the concrete line pump and the concrete boom pump. Both are designed to carry high volumes of concrete and release them in the appropriate area, and at the ideal rate. However, they have some important differences, which we’re going to explore here.
Concrete Line Pumps
Concrete line pumps are stationary pumps mounted to a trailer or truck. A long hose, which can be extended to the length needed, is attached to the pump, enabling operators to direct the concrete pour as needed. The hose is usually allowed to run free-form along the ground, and is directed by hand.
Line pumps are most commonly used for horizontal pumping across ground-level worksites. They are much smaller, lighter and more compact than boom pumps, which makes them easier to transport and manoeuvre around job sites.
However, line pumps also tend to have a lower volume capacity than boom pumps, making them more suitable for smaller scale jobs like residential concrete slabs, swimming pools or driveway pouring. Line pumps are also the common choice for smaller spaces, confined worksites or areas with more obstacles where a boom pump wouldn’t fit.
Line pumps are ideal for simple or small scale projects that don’t require verticality, working at heights or fast pumping of large volumes. That means that they aren’t generally suitable for large-scale multi-storey applications.
Concrete Boom Pumps
Concrete boom pumps are mounted on purpose built trucks and feature a controllable arm (the “boom”) that can be moved and extended to deliver the concrete where it’s needed.
The main advantages of working with boom pumps include the ability to pump concrete to great heights and to pump high volumes of concrete very quickly. Because of the manoeuvrability of the boom arm, boom pumps can also be used to access hard to reach areas in busy worksites that line pumps might not be able to access.
Because of their speed and high-volume capacity, boom pumps are generally the best choice for large-scale projects that require pumping high volumes of concrete. This includes the construction of large commercial and residential buildings and industrial construction. Because of their high-volume pumping capacity, boom pumps can reduce labour time and costs.
Boom pumps can also be useful for pouring concrete over or around large structures like bridges or other buildings. They are also ideal for pumping concrete to heights, making them commonly used on large-scale multi-storey construction projects.
If you have a worksite that is not easily accessible by large trucks or you only require relatively small amounts of concrete, then a boom pump may not be the right option for your project. Because they are so much larger and heavier than line pumps, they are generally suited to projects with a smaller ground footprint and greater vertical requirements.