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Commercial Concrete Pumps: Know Your Options

A range of projects on your commercial property such as the pouring of concrete for parking lots, retaining walls and foundations will involve concrete pumping. Concrete pumping is faster, cost-effective and more convenient than the traditional methods of pouring concrete involving many manual labourers. However, for your commercial concrete pumping project to be successful, you have to invest in the right concrete pumping technique.

The two major types of concrete pumps you will come across are ground line pumps and boom pumps. Each of these two types of concrete pumps is ideal for different construction needs. By knowing a thing or two about both of them, you will have a better idea of the one that will work best for your project. Here's more on the two types of concrete pumps. 

Ground Line Concrete Pumps

As the name implies, these concrete pumps are ideal for pouring concrete on the ground level. They rely on a series of long hoses to distribute the concrete to different areas across the construction site. Compared to boom pumps, ground line concrete pumps tend to pump relatively lower volumes of concrete. They are mainly used for large concrete slabs closer to the ground, which means they would be ideal for pouring concrete for foundations and parking lots.

They are also excellent for pouring concrete through tight spaces and other obstacles, owing to the manoeuvrability of the interconnected pipes and hoses. For instance, if you need to pour concrete through an alley between buildings on your commercial property, a ground line concrete pump will make this hassle-free.

Sometimes the ground on the construction site can be too uneven and rough for wheelbarrows to move on easily. You may also not have enough workers to move those wheelbarrows. Ground line concrete pumps will come in handy for such situations.

Boom Concrete Pumps

These concrete pumps, on the other hand, have hydraulic arms that manoeuvre the pipelines that contain the concrete. This feature makes them highly indispensable for pouring concrete over heights as well as around tight spots. Therefore, if you are working on a storey building, this is the type of concrete pump to hire. The hydraulic or robotic arm of these pumps is often remote-controlled. Another advantage that boom concrete pumps have over their ground line counterparts is that they can pump larger volumes of concrete and at a higher speed too.

It's worth noting that both types of pumps can be stationary. This would be an option if you need a stable base when pouring concrete over long distances and heights. However, for enhanced mobility, you can go for the truck- and trailer-mounted options.