Profits can be made in the curb and gutter, sidewalk, bridge parapet, and median barrier markets if you have the right paving equipment. The Concrete Paver Bureau within the Construction Industry Manufacturer's Association (CIMA) has grouped paving machines into three categories: curb and gutter, multipurpose, and slipform pavers. Curb and gutter machines cost 50,000 to 100,000 dollars. The versatility of the machine increases as the price of the machine increases. Multipurpose paving machines cost 100,000 to 200,000 dollars and typically come with a curb and gutter mold. Other packages are available at additional cost. Slipform pavers cost 200,000 to 500,000 dollars and pave 12- to 34-foot-wide strips.

When buying a paving machine, don't hesitate to ask for a trial demonstration. Also, ask about various features. Most machines come with curb and gutter molds, but be sure you know the cost of other molds. While most machines offer optional trimmers, check to be certain before you buy. Investigate the ease with which the machine can incorporate rebar placement. Also, find out what it takes to make the machine street legal so it can be transported to other jobsites.