Getting concrete where it needs to go with speed and accuracy requires the use of a concrete pump truck. This versatile material is pumped through piping attached to a hydraulic boom, enabling it to reach areas that might otherwise be inaccessible across a variety of sites. You can buy used concrete pump trucks in order to save money that might otherwise have to be spent on manually lifting loads to where they need to be deposited. And as with any bespoke truck design, there are several considerations you need to take into account when making a decision on which to buy.
Concrete pump trucks consist of a standard day cab with an adapted body at the rear which comes with the pumping equipment as well as the articulated boom arm to which the piping that conveys the liquid concrete to its final resting place is connected. Checking the state of the pump mechanism is important, because clearly concrete is a material that requires a different approach to pumping than most other fluid substances.
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Mercedes-Benz Axor 3240
2010 | Concrete Pump | 32000kg
2010 Mercedes 3240 Axor, 8x4 Rimer Volumetric Batching Plant c/w Easy Sheet, Low Mileage
A combination of its weight and viscosity will mean that even with powerful piston pumps, repeated use will result in components becoming worn. Any second-hand truck of this kind should be thoroughly inspected to work out how much use it has seen in its life so far and how much more concrete it will be able to pump before expensive maintenance is required.
Smaller concrete pump trucks are available without the boom arm assembly, meaning that piping can be connected directly to an outlet on the rear from which the material will be expelled. Without a boom, these trucks cannot be used in as many situations as their larger and costlier counterparts. But they are better suited to minor jobs or those that do not involve much elevation. Highway maintenance, pavement repair and even swimming pool construction can all be achieved with this type of concrete truck. And the same level of intent scrutiny should be applied to the onboard systems to ensure they are in working order.
The design of a concrete pump truck may incorporate not only the pump and boom, but also a storage area on the trailer within which the piping can be kept when not in use. Piping that extends beyond the reach of the boom arm will clearly be a convenient addition, so if this is being sold along with the truck, then it could make for a better-value purchase, provided all of the parts are present and correct. Any ancillary equipment which is damaged or missing should be noted so that there are no nasty surprises.
In the past, concrete would have had to be manually handled by loading it into wheelbarrows and transporting it from the mixer by hand. But concrete pump trucks have made this much less time-consuming and labour-intensive. Used models from marques such as Mercedes-Benz can be found today, delivering years of use for buyers and helping to reduce costs on jobs of all shapes and sizes.
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