All About Concrete Pumps for Your Commercial Concreting Projects

Concrete pumps are the tools you need to convey fresh concrete from its source to the place you want to cast it. The principle underlying the working mechanism of these pumps features two-cylinder hydraulic mechanisms with two different tasks. Usually, one of the pistons draws the concrete from the container or hopper while the other pushes the concrete forcefully towards the discharge pipe. A special valve also comes into play to dictate the choice of the cylinder that will draw the concrete or push it towards the outlet. Certainly, a lot more goes into making the most of your concrete pumping applications. It requires a comprehensive understanding of the technical elements of the equipment and process. Here is all you need to know: 

The Choice of Pumps

The first step to getting doing the job right is making sure that you have the right pumps for the job. Broadly, concrete pumps used for commercial applications fall into two categories, line and boom pumps: 

Line concrete pumps — Line concrete pumps are the best choice for those taking on small-scale concreting projects. The setup comes with a line pump attached to the rear side of a trailer or truck. In some cases, the arrangement is referred to as a truck or trailer-mounted concrete pump. The key here is to make sure you have enough space for the truck and the compact pump. 

Boom concrete pumps — Boom concrete pumps are large, versatile and heavy-duty pumps designed for large-scale concreting applications. When pouring the concrete, the equipment stays in one position for the project's whole duration. The pumps have a large dimension stationed on the ground with a boom or crane arm attached to them in varying lengths. 

Boom concrete pumps are suitable for pumping concrete to different heights, making them the best choice for building structures with several floors. They also cast well in tight spots as you can manipulate the long pipes to reach these areas. 

The Choice Metrics 

Several operational parameters come into play when you want a pump for commercial concrete pumping applications. Start by considering the immense pressure required to pump heavy concrete towards the structure, and get a pump that can withstand the pressure. The best pumps are made using steel or cast iron. Both materials excel at withstanding pressure. Secondly, examine the pump's volumetric output and make sure it can meet your project's needs. The right volumetric output means that you can pump the concrete and allow the concrete layer to cure uniformly at the same time.

Contact a commercial concrete pumping service in your area to learn more about different concrete pumps.