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 08-01-2004, 02:50 Post: 92415
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 Concrete Mule???

I'm finishing up some of the concrete work on my house, and I'm thinking about trying to move concrete around the perimeter of the house using my loader, possibly with some kind of funnel attachment so I can "dump" into 12 and 16" sonotubes. Does this seem reasonable? I have the LA853 loader, how much does wet concrete weigh? The truck can't back around the house, but I travel the route will full buckets of wet dirt and rock without trouble (one downhill). Thoughts? Should I just break down and keep paying for pump trucks, even though it's something like $2.50 a minute, plus travel time? Has anyone done something like this?






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 08-01-2004, 05:31 Post: 92418
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 Concrete Mule???

How many yards of mix do you have to do? Thinking about my back even with the loader I would not want to mess with anything more than 4 or so yards.

Just did a floor 22 yards with 8 good intentioned men, not many with any experience or they would not have volunteered, it was just about right for all the wheeling and screeding and doing stuff the hard way. A good contractor could have done it with 3

The tractor will be slow and you will get slop. You will have to have extra bodies for grunt work. How much extra is the concrete truck on an extended delivery?

A hour of pump time at $2.50 a minute sounds cheap and much easier on the back to me.

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 08-01-2004, 21:17 Post: 92465
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 Concrete Mule???

I have hauled concrete for other contractors with a medium size backhoe loader. I can haul a 1/2 yd safely. It's not the way to go. I now use a large New Holland skidloader with a dirt bucket for hauling concrete. It's got a 2-speed drivetrain so my cycle time is really quick. However, to answe your question, there is a bucket attachment available that looks like a funnel (a buddy has one). There are several on the web that make them. Some, like my buddy's, has a hydraulically-operated gate valve. These buckets are called "mud buckets". They are really intended for bobcats loaders that can afford the extra weight of the attachment. I beleive wet concrete weighs anywhere from 2800 to 3200 lb.
Pumping seems like the way to go. Even a "mud buggy" (power wheel barrow probably won't have the right funnel shape to be effective.






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 08-02-2004, 04:15 Post: 92476
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I've been in on doing that a time or two with a snow bucket on a large farm tractor. It turns into a real mess, concreet truck driver get irritated from waiting, sometimes they charge for time too. I agree a pumper is pricey, but probably your best chioce. Frank.






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