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On most occasions, we at Concrete247 can get our volumetric mixer at, or very close to, where you need the concrete poured. Using the chute on the back of the mixer we can probably direct the pour to minimise the handling of the liquid concrete.
There are occasions, of course, where we can’t reach where you want the concrete to go. On these occasions there are a number of different ways you can get the concrete from the mixer to where it needs to go.
Wheelbarrows: Good for accurate pouring where you need it but for large volumes, at a distance, this is both hard work and requires a team of people. If you ask us at the time of the order we can ensure that there are two barrows on the mixer that you can borrow.
Digger with a bucket arm: Good for moving concrete a short distance if the arm simply has to swing back and forwards. This method needs a lot of space to be practical.
Dumper truck or similar: For high volumes relatively slow unless a number of dumper trucks are available. On rough ground a high risk of spillage.
Concrete pumps: Ideal in most circumstances if there is a high volume and/or a substantial distance from the mixer is needed.
Types of concrete pumps:
A hydraulic concrete pump on either a trailer or truck chassis. Concrete from the chute on the back of the volumetric mixer is pumped via flexible hoses and steel pipes up to 150m to where you need it. Pipes can be run through very tight situations, including through buildings. Up to 1m3 per minute can be pumped.
Like line pumps boom pumps are hydraulic pumps mounted on a truck chassis with a folding hydraulic arms to take the concrete to where it is needed. The arms are fully controllable and can be used to pump concrete over buildings and get to otherwise inaccessible places. Distances of up to 170m can be achieved and up to 1m3 per minute can be pumped.