Dependability is one of the hallmarks of modern boom trucks. They work hard and run long. Breakdowns are rare. In addition, they place concrete quickly and efficiently. Some pumps are capable of delivering more than 200 cubic yards of concrete per hour. Versatility is another attribute of today's boom trucks. Some models with five-part booms can reach up or out more than 200 feet.
Some tips for better pumping:
- Before placing concrete into the hopper, lubricate the pipeline by pumping a mixture of cement, sand, and water through the entire length of pipeline.
- When the first load is in the hopper, continue pumping until the concrete begins to come out the discharge end of the pipeline.
- If the pipeline should happen to plug, don't continue pumping thinking the plug can be pushed through.