China claims the world’s tallest concrete pump truck
A CHINESE company has rolled out a concrete ladder pump truck that can reach more than 100m into the sky.
Zoomlion, which makes concrete industry machinery, has revealed the special machine that has made it into the Guinness World
Records as the tallest concrete pump in the world.
Just as builders of skyscrapers constantly try to outdo each other and make the tallest building in the world, it seems concrete pump manufacturers have been competing for the title of world’s tallest. This has meant a gradual increase in reach.
The Zoomlion rig reaches an incredible 101m.
It features a boom with a pipe in the middle that pumps concrete from the ground up to the floor under construction, which sure beats pushing a wheelbarrow full of it up a wooden ramp.
The record truck’s boom is made of seven sections. The last four sections of boom are made out of carbon fibre, which is extremely light and strong.
Zoomlion approached Scania with a request for the super concrete truck.
The Swedish company built a special seven-axle rig at its Sodertalje factory and commissioned Laxa Special Vehicles to help with the work.
As far as Scania knows, the 15.5m-long chassis is the longest the company has ever produced. With the boom retracted and lowered on to the roof, the special machine measures 18.5m.
Some concrete pumps of this size are fitted to a separate structure, but the Zoomlion truck is diffexrent in that the giant boom is mounted directly on to the truck. This makes it easier for the vehicle to comply with Chinese heavy vehicle length restrictions.
It is fitted with a V8 turbo diesel that generates a handy 463kW (620hp).
Reach for the sky:
Scania’s pumper stretches to 101m