When you think about concrete, you probably picture someone shovelling from a wheelbarrow, a mixer truck emptying its contents or perhaps a crane with a bucket. But the modern solution to many concreting scenarios is the concrete boom pump.
What is a Concrete Boom Pump?
A concrete boom pump is a type of truck-based concrete pump where the concrete is pumped along an articulated arm known as a boom. This long, remote-controlled boom allows the concrete to be much more easily directed to exactly where it is needed on a construction site, e.g. the upper storeys of a high-rise building. Note that concrete boom pumps may also be referred to as boom pumps.
What are the Advantages of a Concrete Boom Pump?
As already stated, one advantage of a concrete boom pump is it gives the user the ability to get concrete to difficult locations thanks to the reach of the concrete boom. Another advantage is that it’s a faster process with higher quality control, reducing overall construction time. Thirdly, it tends to lower the number of workers required for the concreting part of the job and the amount of area preparation needed, thereby reducing costs. Fourthly, following on from the previous point, having fewer workers on the site means it is easier for everyone who is there to move around, further increasing efficiency. Finally, multiple concrete boom trucks can be used at once if the scope of the project warrants it.
What are the Disadvantages of a Concrete Boom Pump?
There aren’t many! Obviously, you need an expert operator, but with a trusted contractor this is what you are going to get, so it’s not really a disadvantage. While some might say that concrete boom pumps are more expensive, this isn’t entirely accurate, either. When employed in the right situations, they tend to be more cost-effective than traditional methods of concrete production and distribution thanks to the advantages listed above. There is a physical limit to how high concrete can be directed (related to the pressure at which it is being pumped). However, this is not likely to be a factor in the average project.
Are there Different Types of Concrete Boom Pump?
Yes, concrete boom trucks and their concrete booms come in a wide range of sizes, setups and concrete-pumping rates. Everything from the truck length to the “outriggers” that support it, to the unfolding of the boom can vary between models. As a reputable concrete-pump supplier Callaghan Concrete Pumps will work with you to ensure you have the ideal unit to suit your budget, timeframe, and the actual job site.
Are Concrete Boom Pumps Safe? Reliable? Messy?
While the biggest trucks can be very large and there are specific safety considerations with this type of concrete-pumping system, your expert operator will be constantly aware of those and will take all of the necessary safety measures. When used correctly by an experienced operator, boom pumps are definitely safe. The same goes for their level of reliability. As far as generating mess, while there is always going to be some mess where concrete is involved, using a boom pump will tend to limit the spread.
Where Can I Get Concrete Boom Pumps?
Callaghan Concrete Pumps are Australia’s leading name in quality new concrete pumps. Based in the town of Silverdale, NSW, we are committed to providing our customers with the best products and service to match. For enquiries, you can call us on (02) 4774 1700. One of our professional staff will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have about concrete boom pumps and their use, as well as helping you find the perfect model to meet your requirements.