Concrete pumping is an excellent way of delivering concrete - especially for hard-to-reach areas that have restricted access. It's also very useful if you have limited manpower and time.
The best way to determine whether a concrete pump is required is to ask some straight-forward questions:
1) Is The Site Difficult To Access?
In some cases it simply might not be possible to get the ready-mix truck close enough to the area of the site that requires the concrete pour.
If you choose not to use a concrete pump then you will need to consider the time requirements and labour cost of barrowing concrete between areas of the site (there may be a risk of the concrete curing if distance is too great).
In many cases hiring a pump might just prove more time and cost effective (as well as less back-breaking work required).
2) Do I Have Time Restrictions?
With many jobs time is of the essence and if, like many builders, you are working to a tight schedule then hiring a concrete pump might be the easiest and fastest solution to get the job completed in a timely manner.
Essentially it helps take the pressure off you and your team to complete the project as it not only speeds up the process but it also saves you significant labour.
3) Do I Have Manpower Restrictions?
If the answer to this question is 'Yes' then a concrete pump could help. For some builds and even DIY tasks that require concrete you might find that you simply do not have the help there to move / barrow the concrete.
By using a concrete pump you immediately eliminate this problem - leaving you to concentrate on getting the rest of the build completed.