Many contractors find that they don't make money on small pours. But increasing profits on small pours simply requires a little more planning. Don't just take cost into consideration when planning a small pour. Make sure the concrete placement equipment can fit through the openings and can be moved without exceeding weight limitations. Consider using chutes or conveyors to get the concrete to the forms.

The cheapest method of placing concrete is directly from the truck to the forms. This also reduces segregation of the concrete. If you can position the truck within 20 feet of the point of deposit, then concrete can usually be placed directly from the truck. The maximum vertical height that can usually be placed from a rear-discharge concrete truck is 4 feet. A front-discharge truck sitting at the same level as the bottom of the wall can place a flowable mix into 6.5-foot-high wall forms. The truck must be able to get within 4 feet of these walls for the truck chute to reach these vertical elevations.

Using a mixer-mounted conveyor extends the reach of the ready mix truck, allowing concrete to be placed at a rate of 100 cubic yards per hour. If the ready mix truck can get within 30 feet of the point of deposit, a portable conveyor is also an option to consider. Another option for transporting concrete from the ready mix trucks to the point of delivery is a motorized buggy. Finally, an option that often gets discarded as too expensive is small line pumps. Don't reject this possibility before checking local prices.