Whether you work in a residential or commercial area, there are several factors to consider before investing in a machine. Finding the right concrete pump for your needs is crucial to getting the job done quickly and efficiently. Here are five tips for buying a new concrete pump.
1. Concrete pump selection type
There are two types of concrete pumps: trailer or line pumps and boom pumps. The type of concrete pump chosen depends on your specific market and customer base. It also depends on how much you are willing to spend and whether to buy a new or used pump.
Trailer pumps, also known as line pumps, are commonly used in residential pouring, top mud, shotcrete, masonry grout, porous concrete, or void-filling applications. Most people find this concrete pump ideal for completing residential pours and reaching more difficult areas. Used line pumps cost less than boom pumps and can provide your company multiple revenue streams depending on your intended use.
Boom pumps can move large amounts of concrete in a short time to maximize profits and reduce time spent on site, but boom pumps are limited to some specific jobs, such as basement floors or pool decks, and cost more than trailer pumps.
2. Choose concrete pump brand wisely
Choosing a brand can be confusing given the variety of options. Check out the companies and current manufacturers on the market and choose the brand wisely. Well-known brands may cost more than local businesses that offer quality products and machines at better prices.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask friends or colleagues in the industry for some advice. You can find some trustworthy brands whose products are reliable and have been used locally for many years. A good approach is to avoid purchasing concrete pump brands that are no longer in business or are no longer supported by the manufacturer, as these pumps will be more difficult to repair if the parts eventually need to be replaced.
3. Complete concrete pump pre-inspection
Once you’ve selected the brand you want, consider hiring a professional to inspect the machine before purchasing. They can check the quality, durability, and reliability of the pump while providing you with a comprehensive review of the machine. Before doing a pre-inspection, contact the manufacturer for more information and ask the current seller if they are willing to accept it.
4. Choose a concrete pump that is easy to maintain
No matter the requirements of your current job, choose an easily serviceable pump to help you with cleaning and maintenance. Other factors to consider are quality materials (durable materials are less likely to wear out over time).
5. Determine the budget for purchasing a concrete pump
Creating a budget and sticking to it is probably the most important part of the buying process. Before purchasing a machine, consider how much you can spend and current concrete pump prices. Trailer and boom pump costs will vary depending on make, model, age, condition, and seller.