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China claims the world’s tallest con­crete pump truck

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD james.stan­ford@cars­

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

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