The concrete boom pump reduces people’s physical labor and can improve work efficiency and employee safety. And can be easily transported to heights that are inaccessible to humans before the concrete sets.
However, concrete boom pump trucks also have disadvantages. Uneven ground and overloading problems can cause the boom pump to tip over during use, so it is crucial to adopt appropriate safety procedures when operating a concrete pump.
What are concrete pump legs?
The outriggers are telescoping legs that extend out and away from the boom pump before contacting the ground. Without the outriggers, the boom’s maneuverability would be greatly limited. They can provide a stable foundation for pumping operations, distributing the pump’s load over a wider area. Operators often use outrigger pads to provide a stable surface for the outriggers when the ground is uneven or not strong enough to support the pressure on the outriggers.
How do the concrete pump legs work?
Many leg designs perform the same function as their respective names. Telescopic legs extend to various lengths depending on weight and terrain. All leg designs provide stability to the concrete pump by exerting downward pressure on the ground.
When using outriggers to operate, the operator must carefully check whether the terrain is flat and whether the soil is loose to avoid affecting the stability of the equipment. Additionally, different types of soil have different carrying capacities. Extend the boom to each leg to check whether the legs sink into the ground before pumping. Do not pour concrete until you find a stable location.
Advantages of using concrete pump legs
Equip your concrete pump with the best legs for your specific application and you can experience the following benefits:
Stability: The main function of the outriggers is to distribute the weight over the entire footprint of the machine when the boom is extended, preventing the concrete pump from tipping over.
Safety: Correct outrigger deployment can improve the safety of workers and equipment. Studies have found that many pump truck overturning accidents are caused by unqualified outrigger placement.
Versatility: Multiple leg configurations on the concrete boom pump enable it to operate in challenging terrain. The legs stabilize the pump even on sloping or uneven ground.
Efficiency: Outriggers that deploy quickly and require minimal set-up time ensure maximum efficiency in pumping operations.