Renting a concrete pump can make quick work of any concrete pouring job you have on your property. The pump works to dispense concrete from a mixer to the surface, and many can even pump concrete vertically so that you don’t need to elevate the mixer or haul heavy loads of concrete up a scaffolding. When you’re ready to rent or hire a concrete pump, note a few things to discuss with the rental agency so you know what’s involved and are sure to get the right pump for the job.
1. Ask how it’s transported
If they don’t deliver, you’ll need to ensure that the pump has a hitch that is compatible with your vehicle and that your vehicle can safely haul the pump, considering its overall weight. If you don’t have the right hitch on your vehicle or a vehicle strong enough to tow a concrete pump, ask about a truck-mounted pump. Truck-mounted pumps come already mounted to the back of a rental truck; this can make it easier for you to transport the pump if it’s not delivered to your property.
2. Note the arm reach for awkward spaces
If you’re pouring a new concrete driveway, you may be able to back the concrete mixer and pump right up to the driveway pad. However, if you’re pouring a new foundation for a garage behind your house, you may need an extended arm that can reach to an area where the pump itself cannot. It can be good to bring exact measurements of your property or project and discuss what you need by way of an extended arm on the pump so you know your area will be accessible.
3. Note how it needs to be cleaned before it’s returned
Concrete can dry inside a pump if it’s not cleaned properly after every job. You may be required to hose out the inside or otherwise clean the pump after your job is done, or you may lose your deposit. Be sure you go over this detail with a rental agency so you know what’s involved in a proper cleaning.
4. Ask if you’re required to have a certain number of operators
Unless you’re renting a very small pump for concrete, you may actually be required to have two operators work the pump at once. This can ensure there is someone by the pump to turn it off in case of emergency or to ensure it doesn’t pump out the concrete too quickly. Even for jobs on your own private property, note if there are requirements when it comes to the number of operators working the pump.