A concrete pump can be an extremely useful piece of equipment that allows you to easily deliver concrete when and where you need it for a construction job. Like any piece of equipment you use, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last, and the more effective it will be.
Once you generate a regular boom pump maintenance schedule, you should find it easy to take the basic steps required to make sure you get the most out of it. Here are some helpful concrete pump maintenance tips to get you started.
CONCRETE PUMP MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
Your concrete pump preventative maintenance checklist should include the following:
At the end of the day or after an eight-hour shift:
- Grease the back end of the pump.
- Check the oil.
- Check the pretension on the gas of the accumulator.
- Check the water box for grout and dump the water.
- Replace any blown fuses.
- Check the truck diesel, oil, power steering fluid, radiator fluid and tires.
At the end of the week or after 40 hours of use:
- Check the grease pod.
- Make sure the boom filter gauges are in the green.
- Make sure all the prop switches are working.
- Inspect the truck alternator, lug nuts and belts.
EVERY THREE WEEKS
Or after about 100 hours of use:
- Grease the entire boom, including the turret.
- Look for damaged gaskets or leaks on the boom.
- Check the hoses for bubbling, dry-rotting, cracking or abrasion.
- Inspect the switchover cylinders.
- Check the cutting ring pretension.
- Check the truck brake pods, air lines and belt tensioner on the belts.
- Get the truck to 100 PSI, shut it off and press the gauge until the switch pops out to make sure the brakes work at low pressures.
- Make sure the truck has no loose bolts in the frame.
EVERY SIX WEEKS
Or after about 250 hours of use:
- Change the oil.
- Repack the differential cylinders if there is oil in them.
- Look for wear fatigue on the water tank.
- Change the filters (main tank filters and boom filter).
- Check the boom hand valves for leaks and rust on the end caps of the coils.
- Inspect the blowout hose.
- Look for leaks in the outriggers.
- Look for pretension on the outrigger chain.
- Make sure the compression seal inside the cutting ring is intact.
- Inspect the wireless control.
- Inspect the hard line box.
- Change all the truck filters and dump the fluids.
- Check the shift tower.
- Check the belts.
- Check the exhaust pipe.
- Grease the transmission.
- Make sure there is no play in the output shaft.
- Make sure the carrier bearing and universal joints are in good shape.
- Check for oil in the drive axles.
- Check the air tanks, air lines and dryer.
- Check the radiator by blowing air from the engine to the radiator and back.
- Make sure the slack adjusters can move.
EVERY THREE MONTHS
Or after about 500 hours of use:
- Inspect the boom.
- Check the material cylinders.
- Make sure the turret has adequate torque.
In addition to all of the above, read the owner and safety manuals provided by the manufacturer of your concrete pump and follow any recommended maintenance suggestions in them. If you need a new pump or any replacement parts for your existing pump, contact Hello Parts now.