In difficult economic times, we all need to learn to do more with less. This often means extending the life of our equipment by treating it with a little extra TLC. Prevention is the key.
Here are a few tips everyone should follow to do just that with concrete pumps:
1. Grease your machine
Main parts: lubrication of pump’s pivot points
Frequency: approximately every 2 hours of use
Note: Failure to grease your pump could result in potential failure of bearings and bushings, breaking down of equipment on the job, loss of productivity, costly repairs…
2. Check fluid levels
Minimum: hydraulic oil, engine oil & slosh box
Frequency: Daily before starting the job.
Since it only takes a minute, don’t skip this step. Start making it part of your job routine.
3. Clean the pump
Areas: Pump water through the pump and the hose simultaneously.
Frequency: End of job/daily
Note: This isn’t something you can postpone, depending on the temperatures, concrete can harden in the pump and hoses anywhere from 0-2hrs!
4. Hire an experienced operator
There are many advantages to have an experienced operator.
Here are a just a few:
a. Safety on the job: Knowing how to quickly react to pumping problems is paramount. It can save lives.
b. Proper hose connection (many deadly accidents have happened because of this).
c. Overall inspection of pump and hoses prior to starting the job.
5. Follow the manual’s procedure
Take a moment to scan through the manual that came with your pump. Only dealers will provide you with a manual when purchasing a used pump (brokers don’t always do) so if you are serious about your work, contact a dealer first. They will stand by their products and will help you make a more educated decision.
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