Next-gen pump tech for high-volume application

Siobhan Doyle

A new concrete pump system is capable of handling a range of rock sizes.

US-based manufacturer of concrete pumps for the mining industry, Blastcrete Equipment LLC, introduces its X-40D trailer-mounted concrete pump system. This compact but efficient pump provides high-volume pumping in a compact design for a variety of applications and rounds out the company’s product line with a low-maintenance, versatile pump capable of handling a range of rock sizes.

Maximum versatility

The X-40D makes pumping concrete with a variable blend of rock simple compared to other market options. Capable of handling aggregate mixes up to 1.5 inches, the X-40D provides a highly versatile pump solution that contractors can use for a vast array of projects ranging from residential concrete jobs to highway infrastructure improvements, according to the company.

“This unit is the culmination of an industry-oriented engineering process and supply partnership focused on increasing versatility and decreasing maintenance. Additionally, because we spent time talking with contractors in the field, we saw the importance of features like remote-control operation,” says Scott Knighton, Co-CEO of Blastcrete. “Although touchscreens have become common with this equipment, our design eliminates them because customer feedback indicated they are difficult to operate when wearing gloves wet with concrete.”

The X-40D incorporates a Pulsar piston pump from Mecbo to deliver high volume in a compact design. The Pulsar pump incorporates a long stroke to push a greater volume of concrete with less mechanical movement, thereby reducing maintenance and providing for a smooth pour. The Mecbo Pulsar pump system has also been shown to reduce energy consumption by 30 to 40%.

Less energy does not translate to less power. The 150mm x 1,000mm swing tube piston pump is complimented by a rugged receiving agitator to keep the concrete mixed and prime for pumping. The X-40D pump boasts 1,000psi of piston face pressure, with a 5-inch discharge and the ability to put out 40yd3 of concrete per hour. The team at Blastcrete engineered it for minimal maintenance to limit downtime.


Smooth mobility


80lb pump and integrated trailer is easy to haul to jobs ranging from creating piers for overpasses to backyard projects such as installing in-ground swimming pools.


The pump’s four crane lifting eyes also provide significant transportation advantages, allowing operators to position the machine precisely where they need it. Forklift tubing is mounted to the lower hopper for convenient flat pack removal.


Cementing success in the field


The company says that the X-40D strikes the balance between modern technology and user-friendliness. Blastcrete considered customers and the environments in which they work with the design of this machine. It features a wireless remote control to provide operators the unparalleled convenience of controlling the pump’s functions with precision from a distance. The durable, solid-state electronic components function in a wide variety of weather conditions.


Factory options that can be added include its Auto Lubrication System and its 12 VDC Screen Vibrator. Power options include a 72hp Yanmar 4TNV98CT-NKW diesel, a 74hp Deutz TD2.9 diesel or a 75hp electric motor. Both diesel engines are water cooled with no diesel exhaust fluid.


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