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Four Differences Between Boom Pumps And Line Pumps

When it comes to concrete pumping, there are two types of pumps that are generally used - boom pumps and line pumps. Here are four differences between these two types of concrete pumping.

Attachment and Portability

One of the primary differences between a boom pump and line pump are the attachments and how the pump gets transferred from one location to another. For instance, a boom pump is attached directly to a truck or semi-trailer while a line pump gets mounted onto a truck or trailer. A boom pump is one complete unit and uses an attached robotic arm (the boom) to accurately pour concrete. Wherever the truck goes, the pump goes along with it.  The line pump is more portable but it requires hoses to be manually attached to the machine's outlet.


A boom pump is typically used for larger concrete jobs and construction projects because they are able to pump high volumes of concrete. Their output can exceed 150 cubic yards per hour. Boom pumps are consistently used for large commercial slabs and medium high rise buildings. Depending on the size and type of line pump, their output can be anywhere from 20 to 90 cubic yards per hour. They are generally used for small construction jobs and can also be used for underwater concrete repair, building bond beams, residential slabs, swimming pools, and sidewalks.


Because of their ability to reach high vertical heights, boom pumps are commonly used for high-rise projects. Booms come in three or four sections with each section reaching 16 feet into the air. Booms with five parts can reach up to 200 feet in the air. They usually stay in the same place until the entire pour has been completed. Line booms are generally used for horizontal pumping needs and the hoses on these units can reach anywhere from 20 to 1500 feet. This type of pump is ideal for places that are hard to reach and the pour can be stopped or started as necessary in case the pump has to be moved around.


One more difference between boom pumps and line pumps is their cost. Because they are smaller in size, line pumps cost about one third of what a boom pump costs.

Though there are differences, the type of pump used normally depends on the size of the construction job. For larger commercial jobs, a boom truck is much more advantageous than the line pumps. For smaller commercial or residential jobs, a line pump is adequate.

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