ONE-MAN, ONE-PUMP OPERATION PUMPS UP AT GOLD’S GYM POOL
A&M Concrete Pumping, Minneapolis, MN, does it all. From residential to commercial, owner and pump operator Bruce Mozey says his contracts keep him on his toes.
“One morning I’m on a basement floor, and that afternoon I’m completing a mezzanine job. Core filling, pools, you name it, I’m there.”
Armed with over twenty years of experience in the construction industry and one Schwing WP 750-18X trailer-mounted concrete pump, this one-man show services the entire metro area. Recently, Mosely and his 750 completed a 10-hour 100-yard shotcrete job at the site of the new Gold’s Gym facility in Blaine, MN. Contractor Minnesota Pools, Plymouth, MN is completing work on an Olympic-sized pool at the chain’s new location.
“Their new facility is very impressive in scale,” said Mozey, “But for me, it was a pretty standard pool job. I will say that of the contractors involved were incredibly accommodating considering the challenges posed by the weather.”
As Mozey set up his pump, a contractor-supplied compressor and an estimated 125 feet of 2” system the morning of the pour, the day’s heat and humidity was a red flag for this industry veteran. “In those types of conditions, there’s barely any time to work with the concrete. It’s absolutely vital that ready mix comes in on a consistent basis,” he said. Cemstone Products, headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN, allotted three trucks from a nearby batch plant to the job.
“When it comes to the pump’s abilities, there’s not much you can do to hinder the quality of the final product. Placement of the pump, the amount of line system – rarely do those factors become problems,” said Mozey. With pressure up to 1100 psi and output up to 70 cubic yards per hour, the WP 750-18X can handle the majority of pumping projects including those requiring 1.5” aggregate or harsh mixes. It has the ability to maintain distance and volume with a 100 horsepower engine. Mosley contracts out everything from concrete to shotcrete to grout without any hang-ups.
“The 750’s got the power and reliability to complete just about anything you put in front of me – and always has,” says Mozey.
“The Rock Valve supplies great peace of mind,” he says. “In my experience, just about everything’s pumpable through that valve.”
The exclusive Schwing Rock Valve also combines lowest cost per yard maintenance costs and ease of rebuilding – a valuable feature for the small operation.
The contractor began investing in WP 750 models in 1984, when he took delivery of his first trailer-mounted concrete pump, imported directly from Germany.
“I’ve been purchasing Schwing equipment since before they had a line pump division,” says Mozey with a smile. Throughout the contractor’s history, he’s operated only one or two pumps at a time – always WP 750s.
A&M has always been a small operation, but in the late nineties Mozey elected to become a one-man operation. “I can control everything this way,” he says. I bid the work and I run the pump. It works for me.”