Advice on buying a used concrete pump
dnd 12-13-1901
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I intent to buy a used concrete pump.I'm new to the buisness and I would like yo receive advices in what to look at the concrete pump.Thank you very much for your help!

bigstick 12-13-1901
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are you looking for a boom or trailer pump?  also what brand.

dnd 12-13-1901
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I'm looking for a truck mounted concrete pump, an European brand, because it will be much easier for me to get spare parts (I'm from Europe).

pumpwrench 12-13-1901
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There are many things to look at on a used pump. If your new to the business, buy as new as you can. Things to ask about are, how old is the Pump? when was the last Boom Inspection? What percent are the wear parts? Are the differential cylinders in good shape, ( chrome, diff seals, mud cups.)? When was the Hydraulic oil changed last? Get an oil sample test. Has it ever been involved in an accident? Jobsite or power lines. Is there any service records for the pump? It would be in your best interest to hire someone that knows concrete pumps and have it evaluated. if you need more advice, send me an e-mail.

Seed 03-04-2007
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You mentioned you are new to the biz. You want to make sure you are into it before you make that kind of purchase. Also a lot of people get in and it turns out not to be what They expected! They have said on here before, How long can you go with out eating? Advice, Take your time. Look at a bunch of machines. Don't buy a fixer er upper. Get fairly new or reconditioned equipment from a brand that retains its value.

Another thing, being new into the biz with no history could have its down sides. If no one knows you it may be hard to get customers. It takes a while to become an operator that people want. Good luck, read the articles and ask more questions. You are in the right place! If it was not for this web site. I would not be in my own machine today. Thanks  

TMONT 03-05-2007
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herman 03-05-2007
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big edd has hit the nail on the head, ive got a trailer pump, its not easy work but if you like the whole idea of it then y ou are on a winner, im based in the uk  and over here pumping is a growing thing, if i had of bought a boom pump i would of lost a whole lot of money, reason being that there are a large number of highly skilled boom men about (mainly on this site!!) that would make chicken feed out of me. they can start and finish jobs and be in the pub before youve set up!! stick to a line pump, you wont go wrong,  and never feel that a question you might have is stupid one, just ask on here, it might save you or someone else from being hurt. hope it works for you.


dnd 03-05-2007
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Thank you for you info, friends! It is good to know that others have been in your situation and any advice is welcome.Well, I must decide in 2 months what to choose,I would like to afford a new boom pump but it is to expensive for me.Please let me know what would be the disadvantages on a trailer pump ( I can buy a new one) and what are the safety measure that I must take care, and how many people do yo need to operate a trailer pump.Also I would like to say ''thank  you'' to for the oportunity of receiving good advices from the people who are in the industry.

herman 12-13-1901
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you said it, booms are not cheap,  i am in the middle of buying a remote for my pump, then on most jobs i can go on my own.

the down side of trailers is that you have to move your pipes yourself on the job, which isnt such a bad thing,  to start on your own with minimum money layout, you need a whole lot of help from family members and freinds, get a nice little round up and running and then think about taking somone on to work with you, you have to work hard and push advertising leaflets, speak to batcher men at plants and mixer truck men, and see if they can  push your company, i started last october and havnt  stopped pushing, just remember that work wont find you, you have to find it , good luck to you.

eugene 12-13-1901
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if you can really afford a boom and can eat allot of jobs praticing the trade and now is the time to enter the business then stay away from lines its a lot of hard work.

you have to know your competion, they can and will help you also they can have a unit to sell that you can go demo a few times.

32 meters are the norm and there is getting to more of them available on the market, if i found a 28 or 31 in original condition and got a screaming deal i would use it on residentual and light commmercial no big stuff for me. 

when jobs go good its awesum but a bad day will beat the crap out of you.


dnd 10-06-2007
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Any other useful advices?