4 Reasons to Use a Boom Pump Instead of a Line Pump
Using a concrete pump instead of transporting manually or via a crane is a great idea for larger projects, but plenty of contractors struggle to decide between using a concrete pump or a line pump. Essentially:
- A line pump is smaller. It is attached to the back of a truck or trailer, then the line is unrolled and taken where the concrete is needed.
- A boom pump is mounted to a truck. It uses a remote-controlled articulating robotic arm that reaches up in an arc and then comes back down where you need the concrete.
Since boom pumps are larger and more complex, they are typically more expensive than line pumps. However, there are still several reasons you might want to use one, and here are just four.
1. You Need to Pump More
The major benefit boom pumps hold over line pumps is their ability to pump more concrete. They pump concrete at incredibly high volumes, so they are necessary when you're completing a larger job and want to have things wrapped up as quickly as possible. This is why boom pumps are almost always used for large construction projects, though they can also be used for swimming pools, sidewalks, and residential slabs.
2. You Need to Work in a Crowded Area
Boom pumps use a hydraulic arm, so you can manoeuvre them above ground level. This is incredibly advantageous if you're working on a site that has limited space or simply places many obstacles between where your concrete truck will be parked and where the concrete needs to be delivered. It can be a struggle to get line pumping around tight spots and obstacles, so boom pumps are preferred.
3. You Need to Reach Higher
As well as crossing through crowded sites more effectively than line pumps, boom pumps are ideal when you need to reach higher than ground level. Each section can be elevated to reach hundreds of feet into the air, so boom pumps are almost always used when building on an incline or constructing high-rise projects.
4. You Need to Save on Manual Labour
Finally, boom pumps save on manual labour. With a line pump, you need workpeople to lay out the line itself for proper pumping, which requires both time and effort. Using the remote-controlled arm of a boom pump doesn't involve as much labour. You'll already be saving on manual labour by using a pump instead of transporting concrete manually, so why not take that advantage further?