How To Pour Concrete? What Is A Concrete Pouring Bucket?
- 12 Mar, 2020
How to pour concrete?
Pouring concrete can take various pieces of machinery, plus a unique set of skills. We might not be able to help with the skill part, as this takes years of practice and experience, however we can definitely help with the machinery side of things!
There are multiple ways of getting concrete out of the truck, and directed at a particular area where you want the concrete to lay. These include:
- Chute straight from the concrete truck
- Standalone concrete pump
- Excavator bucket
- Wheel barrow and elbow grease
Each one of these methods add their own challenges; let’s start with the chute! The chutes from the concrete truck are obviously limited to how long they can be, as they are often hitched on to the concrete truck with no further support down the chute. This means that if the site where the aggregates need to be is slightly out of reach of the concrete truck, it is very difficult to extend the reach that little bit further. Add uneven or soft ground into the mix and it can quickly become a safety hazard as the top heavy concrete truck has to manoeuvre into position. The other downside of the chutes is there is very little aiming capabilities due to the way there are attached to the truck.
The concrete pump is another option, that is often used on larger construction projects. These are a better option to the chute on the back of the concrete truck, in the sense that they tend to have long reach, and can also sometimes be extended depending on the type of pump being used. However there are still negatives to be had. A concrete pump is a very expensive piece of equipment to buy, maintain, or even hire. These must be cleaned after each use using rather specialised equipment. Should they not be maintained properly, they can costs a small fortune in repair costs. Another disadvantage of using the pump is the flow-control. Its not as easy as just switching the pump on an off in a split second, as the concrete that is still in the pipe still has to come out, giving between 2-5 seconds of extra flow even once the pump has been shut off.
A standard excavator bucket, one that is close to our hearts here at Rhinox. The standard excavator bucket has been used for years to move concrete from A to B. Anyone working in the industry will have seen a bucket with a nice thick layer of concrete that has set in the bottom of a bucket, losing that valuable digging capacity! Not only is this impractical long-term, but you also cannot control very precisely where the concrete is being poured, even with the most skilled operators.
The trusty wheel barrow has been use for years to move heavy concrete around and tip it in a nicely dug trench for foundations. However, have you ever had to clear up the mess when a wheel-barrow full of concrete tips over? It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realise just how upsetting that would be for the wheel-barrow operator! Plus the lack of speed, even using a few labourers and a few wheel barrows, this is not going to be a quick procedure when laying a concrete slab for a house.
This is where Rhinox comes in, with their Rhinox Concrete Bucket!
What is a concrete pouring bucket?
A concrete pouring bucket is, as the name suggest, a bucket designed specifically for pouring concrete. They can also be used for pouring aggregates such as gravel, sand or pea shingle as well. Boasting a large top opening for easy filling, and a narrow chute, these buckets are designed perfectly for this application!
The Rhinox Concrete Pouring bucket also has some other unique features, including a multi-pin pick-up system, allowing the same bucket to be picked up by machines ranging from 12 ton, up to 25 tons without changing hangers! Not only this, but the pouring bucket also has a rounded chute, maximising accuracy whilst pouring, pouring into an area as small as a few inches with a skilled operator. To add even better flow, the Rhinox Concrete Bucket is the first pouring bucket to come with an adjustable gate, allowing better flow control. This can also be removed completely should you feel it necessary.
Why choose the concrete pouring bucket over the alternatives?
In applications where the chute is not long enough, the project is not big enough to warrant hiring a pump, but too big to do it via wheel-barrow – this is the concrete pouring buckets time to shine! Usually used when laying concrete in foundation trenches, or laying pads for buildings or structures, the accuracy of the poor and controllability really helps the operator and the concrete ground crew get the concrete where they need it as efficiently as possible.
The other benefit is not requiring another piece of equipment on site. It would be very rare for a building site to not have either a 12 or 25 ton excavator on site. Plus with the unique multi-pin pick-up, it doesn’t matter which size of machine is available as both machines are capable of picking up the same bucket.
Want to see it in action? Checkout our video below of the concrete pouring bucket actually being used on a house building site: