Cement Pumper

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 11-22-2014 12:32 AM 1715 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project. I was asked to build a concrete pumper truck for a gentlemen who saw a photo of a concrete truck on my web site. I was not familiar with pumper trucks so all I had to go by were photos I found on the internet. I was pretty frustrated because a new mall is being built 3 miles from my shop. I can see several pumper trucks working at the site but I have not been allowed on the site for safety reasons. They are fascinating trucks. The boom construction is the most difficult part and I was not able to link the 3rd boom section properly. I think I attached the hydraulic pistons upside down. I hope to correct the problem on my next truck. The entire truck, except the wheels are made of figured big leaf maple.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 12:55 AM

That is one nice looking model and for a close up go to the place where these rigs are parked and the staff there would sure let you get a better look and they may give you an order or two .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 02:48 AM

Wonderful job on this truck, looks very well thought out

-- Norman

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 02:55 AM

Nice attention to detail, I am sure your customer is happy.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 03:18 AM

Looks like it was well thought out.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 03:54 AM

Very nice Project. Well done. Thanks for posting.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 08:50 AM

Looks very good. Well done and a lot of work.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 09:52 AM

Most excellent Ron and from photos & viewing the real truck…that’s one first class result sir….
Could I trouble you for some dimensions please….thank you…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 12:42 PM

Excellent job. If you google putzmeister or schwing those websites have a lot of pictures of pump in various configurations etc. That is somthing I was thinking of building for my granson once I finish the rest of the Wood series.
You really knocked it out of the park.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 05:41 PM

Amazing Difficult and well executed!

Way past my patience and skill levels!

-- just rjR

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 11:40 PM

” I think I attached the hydraulic pistons upside down.”

You’re KIDDING, right? People will be so mesmerized by how cool this thing is, that NO ONE would notice, even if it is!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 11-23-2014 12:32 AM

Very nice.

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Dan Krager

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#12 posted 11-24-2014 03:49 AM

Ron, I may be able to help out with pictures. I worked for a company as a pump truck operator for several years, and became very familiar with them…more than I wanted because they are fussy machines and don’t work when expected.
Your model is exquisite and looks to represent a cute little 36M pump. The big pumps start at 48M and go up, the largest portable ones being something like 60M. There are lots of pictures on the Internet…search for Putzmeister or Schwing. Here is a truck that I actually drove home off the lot in NC:

It was, I think a 48M pump, but looking back, I remember the 48M to stick out back farther than it appears to in this picture. There are two modes of operation depending on the way the boom is built: a Z-fold or a rolling fold. It looks like you were shooting for the Z-fold. A rolling fold boom can be operated as a Z-fold and is easier to control in some situations, like inside a building.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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Ron Messersmith

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#13 posted 11-24-2014 04:21 AM

Hi Dan,

Thanks a lot for your input. I did do some more research on the internet and discovered many additional photos such as yours. I even came across a Sany 101M pumper, supposidly the biggest in the world. I am currently downloading closeups of boom arrangements and will be starting another truck with much better working booms. The photo you sent wouild make a wonderful project. The Mack cab is real close to the cab of my first truck. My first truck was made for the owner of Kanagy Pumping. I don’t know where he is located. His friend, who requested I make the truck doesn’t want him to know about it. I almost have it completed. Still working on details such as the cab mirrors and I’ve been trying to locate rub on decals and lettering but haven’t been able to find the correct sizes yet.

Thanks again for the input and I hope to hear from you again.

Ron Messersmith

-- Jupiter

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Dan Krager

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#14 posted 11-24-2014 12:36 PM

Ron, Consider making your own decals. My son is a rail fan (aka foamer) and super details HO scale trains. He prints letters and pictures on decal printer stock, cuts them apart and they look great. Get all your needs laid out on one sheet if you can because you can’t re-feed it. Good luck!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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Ron Messersmith

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#15 posted 11-24-2014 05:57 PM


Thanks for the suggestion. I’m going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Ron Messersmith

-- Jupiter

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