As part of our equipment line-up, West Coast Concrete uses concrete line pumps to save you time and money. Line pumps are versatile, portable units typically used to pump not only structural concrete, but also grout, wet screeds, mortar, shotcrete, foamed concrete, and sludge.
Concrete line pumps with mixer trucks are not used a lot in residential applications. Construction budgets allot less money for associated costs to the placement of driveways, slabs, and sidewalks. Most residential concrete contractors feel the mixer truck can go anywhere to place concrete.
Normally this is true. However, concrete is not always placed under ideal conditions like dry, hard packed soil.
There are a few good reasons to use a line pump to place concrete in a residential setting.
1. Faster placement - No need to keep moving mixer trucks around the edge of the slab or footing. A pump truck operator with a remote control unit can move the boom anywhere to place the concrete as directed.
2. Ease of placement - No wheelbarrows needed. No rakes needed to drag the concrete 6-7 feet from the discharge point of the truck chute.
3. No muddy mess and you can avoid getting stuck in the soft ground - No one wants to pay $300-$500 for a tow truck to pull out a stuck concrete mixer.
4. Tall residential walls - Custom built homes can have tall privacy walls around the whole property. It can be almost impossible to pour into a narrow wall form that is higher than the truck chute. A concrete pump truck makes the pour simple and fast and minimizes the mess of concrete spilling over the sides of the wall forms.
Concrete producers should consider partnering with a couple of concrete pumping companies and calling on major homebuilders to sell the benefits of concrete pumping, especially for hard-to-reach lots. Working together you may be able to convince builders it’s worth paying the extra costs of using concrete pumping equipment for certain locations.