CONCRETE pump hirer Camfaud has taken delivery of the biggest pump in Europe, with a vertical reach of 62.1m.
The Epping hirer said the Putzmeister 63.16H LS would be especially useful in its bids for Olympic work.
Area manager Andrew Turner said: "It is well suited to the Olympic jobs such as stadiums, as well as things like water treatment works, where its up-and-over ability comes into its own."
The boom has a horizontal reach of 58.1 m and reach depth of 46.3 m.
Mr Turner said Camfaud had seen demand for longer and longer booms from contractors keen to improve both productivity and safety.
He said: "We could always add hose to gain more reach, but it is easier if you can do it all off the boom because you don't need the men at the end carrying it and risking falling and hurting themselves.
"Of course, if you can do the job more quickly you could save money too, despite it
being a bigger machine."
The pump, mounted on a six-axle Mercedes chassis, has a computerised management system called Ergonic Boom Control, which dampens vertical movement to provide a constant hose height and allows safety parameters to be programmed in.
Mr Turner said: "Previously with long booms you risked the problem of the end moving up and down, which would literally bounce the men at the end."
The M63 also has a feature called One Sided Support, which enables the operator to short-rig on the offside, with a cutout preventing the boom going over the centre line. This allows the use of the pump on sites that would previously have been restricted, according to Camfaud.
The version Camfaud has on the fleet has a delivery rate of 160 cu m an hour to meet the demand for high productivity, Mr Turner said. He added: "There is a version that can deliver 200 cu m an hour, but no single concrete plant in the UK could supply it."