I live on an island with ferry service, it costs about $800 to get a pump truck out here. I'm thinking about buying a line pump to rent out, anybody have any strong recommendations? Or pumps to avoid? What size should I be looking at? The work out here is residential, 20- 30 yards is a good sized pour.
Alan, does the concrete place over there have a pump? Seems like they are going to have a huge advantage over anyone new trying to sell pumping services. It costs a lot less than what you posted above to get a line pump over here, so I would expect your competition to just cut their price down if you go into business. The going rate won't be anywhere near $800/job if there are two players.
While pumping concrete is not rocket science, there are a few hard fast rules that MUST be followed to avoid daily nightmares. (Cleanliness is next to profitness). Stay away from grooved or victalic fittings for the lines.
There are quite a few good used pumps on the market right now, stick with Putzmeister, Schwing, and Olin. Newer Allentowns are OK..they
re owned by Putz.
Do your research....ball valve bumps are limited on the size aggregate (3/8" or under) that can be used, rock valve and s-tubes can handle up to 1.5" or greater aggregate.
Line size is another limiting factor, the smaller the line, the smaller the aggregate and the less overall volume per hour. Rubber hose has approx. 3 times the flow resistance than a steel line which will reduce your pump distance.
In So Cal there are alot of independent pumpers so the price is real low.
Alot of nice homes with work around back so pumps are a must.
I got spoiled using pumps out there. It's the way to go placing conctrete.
Last edited by popawheelie; 05-14-2012 at 07:16 PM.