Pumps And Placing Equipment 2005

Whether you’re looking for a boom pump, a small hand grout pump or something in between, manufacturers are making many new innovations and introducing new products at this year’s World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg.

In the field of grout and small concrete pumps, Airplaco is making three new introductions at the World of Concrete this month. The HG--9 Handy--Grout is a manual grout pump that is designed for areas that are too tight to reach with full--size equipment. The new pump has a polyurethane hopper and lightweight design to make it 20 lbs. lighter than the HG--8.

Airplaco also has introduced a cordless remote control for its HJ-28, 804, MJ-16 and PG--21 pumps.

“You can turn the pump on or off from 50 or 60 ft. away,” says product manager Tom Norman. “This was something the contractors were telling us they needed for ease of operation.”

Finally, Airplaco’s new Batchmaster is an all--in--one self-contained material mixer that can be mounted on the back of a truck. “It’s all been integrated into one complete unit,” Norman says.

On the boom pump front, Putzmeister is introducing a 40--meter Z-boom that can be mounted on a three-axle chassis, a first for the pumping market (see picture above).

“It’s under 56,000 lbs. and will require no permits because of the three-axle chassis,” says marketing manager Jonathan Omer. “There was a need in the market for a pump that would give contractors more reach with the flexibility of the lightweight three--axle unit.”

Putzmeister is also offering a new “Hopper Cam” option on all its boom pumps. A camera mounted in the rear links with a monitor in the cab to allow the operator better ability to maneuver. The camera includes options for infrared night vision for jobs that need to be done in the dark.

For Multiquip, the most significant change is an upgrade of their existing product line.

“We’re adding hydraulic controls to our Mayco LS Series of concrete pumps,” says Brian Cunha. “We’ve also added a solid state control box –- some people call it the black box. Before, we ran it as a hard-wired control box and the vibrating of the pump could cause shorts.”