Different Types of Concrete Pumps

Now that The Conco Companies are busy working on what is to become the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi, the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles, we are very busy giving our concrete pumps a workout. Since concrete pumps are instrumental in the construction of so many projects done today, we thought we would provide an explanation of some the different types of pumps available.

Concrete pumps are the machines used to transfer and pour liquid concrete by pumping. There are three basic types of pumps used for this task – boom pumps or truck mounted pumps, line pumps or stationary pumps, and specialized usage pumps.

Boom pumps or truck mounted pumps are attached to a truck and are the kind of pump generally used on large construction projects. They come in a variety of models that can accommodate most projects’ specifications.  Boom pumps are operated by a remote- controlled articulating robotic arm that is also called the boom.  Their advantage on a job is that they efficiently move large volumes of concrete and place it with extreme accuracy.

The next type of pumps is referred to as line pumps, trailer-mounted pumps or stationary pumps. According to Wikipedia, this type of pump “requires steel or flexible concrete placing hoses to be manually attached to the outlet of the machine. Those hoses are linked together and lead to wherever the concrete needs to be placed.”  A trailer-mounted pump does not have the capacity of boom pumps and has a slower output of concrete.  They are primarily used on smaller jobs such as swimming pools and for residential housing.

The last type of pump is generally only used in certain industries. Some of these specialized pumps referred to as skid mounted and rail mounted concrete pumps are used in mines and tunnels.




The Conco Companies have built an outstanding reputation in the Los Angeles area with our superior concrete formwork, reinforcing, place and finish, shotcrete and other ancillary services. We have been offering premium concrete services throughout the Western U.S. since 1959, and have four regional offices serving California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado.

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