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Used Concrete Pumps Can Save You Money

March 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 224

Concrete pumps are a necessity for any construction site. For the distribution of concrete there are many models to choose from and it makes a huge difference in cost depending on which pumps you purchase. If budget is something that you're concerned about, and let's face, most of us are, then you should consider purchasing a used concrete pump rather than a brand new one.

There are several advantages to purchasing a used pump including model efficiency and reliability. But most obvious reason is cost. A truck-mounted TK-50 Putzmeister pump that's purchased new can run you roughly $75,000 plus. Indeed, some of the finest and largest pumps can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, for the same $75,000 pump, if purchased from a certified used dealer it has the potential to cost only about $30,000. There's no question that that's a huge savings and the money can be reinvested in a different aspect of the project.

If you're going to purchase a used pump, though, there are some things to consider before doing so. It's recommended that you go through a certified dealer. This provides guarantees that will allow you to feel more confident about your purchase. You may save more money by going to an individual but the quality assurance you get from a reputable dealer will be lost. Ask if there is a warranty on parts and do a thorough inspection before making a deal. You don't want to wind up at the jobsite with a dysfunctional pump.

It's also important to purchase exactly the pump you need. Oftentimes returning or exchanging a used product is impossible and if you've chosen the incorrect concrete pump it may be too late. So make sure that the pump you choose is the right size and can be utilized properly for you to get the job done.

Heavy machinery that's taken care of will last a long time. Like a car, if the oil is changed regularly, it's cleaned properly and well maintained then there is no reason why a concrete pump shouldn't endure through many jobs. However, machines are only as good as their previous owners. As such it's important to know where your pump came from and the dealer that's selling it. The good news, though, is that if you approach this issue with thoughtfulness and know-how then you can save tens of thousands of dollars.

Dave Hutton represents Concrete Pump Supply, an Atlanta GA based new and used concrete pump distributor offering used pumps from Putzmeister, Schwing and many others.

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