What is a Concrete Curb Machine – Exploring Features and Capabilities

by | Dec 29, 2023


In the evolving world of home and business landscaping, the creation of clean, durable, and aesthetically pleasing borders has always been a fundamental requirement. This is where the beauty of concrete landscape curbing comes into play. A method that not only defines the borders of garden areas and pathways but also adds a touch of sophistication and functionality to them. But how are these seamless and durable concrete curbs created with such perfection? The answer lies in a specialized piece of equipment known as a concrete curb machine.

The landscape curb machine, a pivotal tool in modern construction and landscaping, revolutionizes how curbs are made. Gone are the days of labor-intensive and time-consuming hand forming methods of curb construction. Today, these machines offer a continuous extruded curb, providing a blend of precision, efficiency, and versatility, making them indispensable in the landscape industry. Whether it’s shaping curbs for residential flower beds, walkways, commercial parking lots, or winding paths in public parks, these machines play a crucial role in shaping our environment.

In this comprehensive exploration, we delve into what a concrete curb machine is, its significance, and the exceptional features that set apart the best in the market, like those found at Lil’ Bubba®. Join us as we uncover the intricate workings of these machines and their impact on the construction and landscaping sectors.

Section 1: Understanding Concrete Curb Machines

Lil' Bubba® Hornet EP Curbing Machine on the Field

What is a Concrete Curb Machine?

At its core, a concrete curb machine is a sophisticated piece of construction equipment designed to efficiently and accurately produce continuous extruded concrete curbs. These machines eliminate the need for manual forming, placing and smoothing, bringing unparalleled precision to the process. A concrete curb machine typically works by extruding pre-mixed concrete or asphalt through a shaped mold as it moves along the designated path. This process results in a continuous and uniform curb that adheres to specific design requirements and dimensions.

Purpose and Applications in Construction

The primary purpose of a concrete landscape curb machine is to enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and aesthetic appeal of border construction. In the realm of construction and landscaping, concrete curbs serve several vital functions:

Defining Boundaries

Curbs distinctly separate different areas, like flower beds from lawn areas, driveways and sidewalks from gardens and parking spaces from walkways. While adding function by retaining mulch in the beds there is no escaping the beauty and finished look of a properly framed bed.

Curbing that Define Boundaries

Enhancing Safety

In parking lots and driveways the extruded concrete curbs act as boundaries for parking spaces to provide safety barriers for pedestrians and to guide traffic.

Curbing that Enhances Safety

Water Management

Concrete curbs play a crucial role in controlling surface water runoff, directing it to drainage systems. Extruded curb is the most efficient choice for this purpose. With specialized “rain drain” trowels supplied by Lil’ Bubba, the elimination of erosion and added style enhance any downpipe area.

Curbing for Water Management

These applications make concrete curbs an integral part of urban planning, residential landscaping, commercial development, and public spaces.

Variety of Machines on the Market

The market offers a diverse range of concrete curb machines, each designed to meet specific needs. Many machines are built for extruding road curbing with curb and gutter molds slip forming miles of curb with great speed and efficiency. Others are more suited for off road parking lots and smaller projects, where short runs, tight turns and flexibility are key.

Some larger curb machines offer advanced features like laser-guided steering for precision, while others boast versatility in creating various curb styles and shapes. The choice of machine largely depends on the project requirements, scale, and the desired finish of the curb.

Introduction to Lil’ Bubba® Machines

Among the various options available, Lil’ Bubba® curb machines stand out for their reliability, innovation, and user-friendliness. Designed to cater to both commercial and residential needs, Lil’ Bubba® machines offer a blend of durability, precision, and ease of operation, making them a popular choice among professionals. In the following sections, we will explore the specific features and advantages of Lil’ Bubba® machines, highlighting what makes them a go-to solution in the world of concrete curbing.

Lil' Bubba® Spitfire Curbing Machine

Section 2: Features of Concrete Curb Machines

When it comes to the capabilities and features of concrete curb machines, there’s a lot to consider. These machines are marvels of engineering, designed to tackle a variety of tasks with precision and efficiency. Let’s explore some of the key features, using Lil’ Bubba® machines as prime examples:

Quality and Durability

A concrete curb machine must withstand the rigors of construction environments. Lil’ Bubba® curbing machines are built with this in mind, featuring robust construction that can endure the toughest conditions. Made with the highest quality materials, these machines have a limited lifetime warranty and require minimal maintenance, ensuring longevity and consistent performance.

Efficiency and Speed

In the fast-paced world of landscaping, efficiency is king. Lil’ Bubba® curb machines excel in this aspect with anti-bridging technology, capable of producing curbs at impressive speeds without compromising quality. This rapid production capability is a boon for business owners, as it significantly reduces the time and labor costs involved in curb installation.

Precision in Curbing

Precision is important in curb making, and Lil’ Bubba® machines are designed for precise concrete placement and extrusion. They offer control over the dimensions and shape of the curb, ensuring that each curb is consistent with the last. This precision is essential not just for the curb’s appearance but also for its functionality, particularly in projects where staying parallel to existing structures and boundary delineation are crucial.

Versatility in Design

One of the standout features of Lil’ Bubba® machines is that the EP Hornet  can be used for Commercial curbs as wide as 7.5” and tall as 14” while at the same time laying any one of dozens of landscape curb styles using the same machine. These machines can handle various types of concrete mixes and excel at creating commercial curbs in a wide range of shapes. This versatility allows contractors to use the same machine for different projects, making it a cost-effective solution.

User-Friendly Operation

Ease of use is another key aspect of Lil’ Bubba® machines. Designed with the operator in mind, these machines are user-friendly, with intuitive controls and mechanisms. This ease of operation reduces the learning curve for new users and enhances overall productivity.

Visual Demonstration of Features

The following are diagrams of curbing molds and trowels that can be produced using Lil’ Bubba® curb machines. And it’s not limited to that. You can order online for specific molds and trowels given a few sketches.

Standard Curbing Molds & Trowels

The second image provides an array of standard molds and trowels for curbing, featured by Lil’ Bubba®. It includes various designs such as the classic Block Edge, the Dome Edge, and the distinctive D-Style Curb. Each shape is displayed next to its corresponding number and size, which are listed in a color-coded key to the left. The color scheme differentiates between various applications, such as general, walkway, and driveway curbing solutions.

Commercial Curbing Molds & Trowels

This image showcases a selection of commercial curbing molds and trowels available from Lil’ Bubba®. Each mold and trowel is precisely outlined to exhibit their distinct shapes and sizes, ranging from the simple and sleek C-100 to the more complex and angular C-700. The array is presented against a clear background with a numbered guide on the left, providing specifications of width and height for each item.

These highlight the diversity and specificity of the curbing solutions offered by Lil’ Bubba®, catering to a broad range of commercial and residential curbing requirements. Watch the video below if you’re interested in the curbing business opportunity introduced by Lil’ Bubba®.

Section 3: Lil’ Bubba® Curb Machines – A Closer Look

The Hornet EP and Spitfire EPC Curb Machines

Lil’ Bubba® offers two different curb machines with the Hornet EP designed for both residential and commercial purposes and the Spitfire EPC being specifically made for wider than 8”  commercial curbs. The Spitfire EPC can even extrude 36” wide garden walkway curbs for an aesthetically pleasing addition to any landscape curb installation. An important key feature is the lifetime replacement warranty on all molds purchased with the machine. If the mold wears out a replacement is provided at no charge!

Lil' Bubba Hornet EP Curb Machine

The Hornet EP

This model is a patented, award-winning curb machine, suitable for both residential and commercial curbing. The Hornet EP is known for its ability to create decorative concrete borders efficiently. One of its unique features is the patented Elliptical Plunger drive system, which prevents common issues like concrete bridging, ensuring a consistent flow and eliminating weak areas in the curb. This model is powered by a 4.5hp Kohler CH245 Command Pro engine, offering reliable and high-performance output. The Hornet EP is capable of producing up to 24-inch wide walkways and is equipped with features like an anti-bridging drive system, steering slide assembly and an incline ratchet brake. Priced economically, it represents a blend of quality and value.

Lil' Bubba SpitFire EPC Curb Machine

The Spitfire EPC 

Designed for larger curbing projects like parking lots and commercial curb installations, the Spitfire EPC is the perfect solution when working on projects off road and is perfectly suited to being fed from a concrete truck. It shares many features with the Hornet EP, including the patented Elliptical Plunger drive system. This model is powered by a more robust 5.5hp Kohler CH255 Command Pro engine and can handle larger curb profiles up to 12” wide and 14” high. The Spitfire EPC can produce up to 36-inch walkways but also has adapters to extrude much smaller molds when required.

Both models come with a limited lifetime warranty on manufactured parts, ensuring peace of mind for the buyer. They also feature flat-free tires, variable speeds up to 16 feet per minute, and can handle a concrete mix slump of 0-½  inch and up to 3/8 inch aggregate.

Purchasing and Starting a Curbing Business

Lil' Bubba® Curb Systems

For those interested in starting their own curbing business, Lil’ Bubba® offers comprehensive packages and resources. They provide various home based business packages on a trailer, such as the LandScape Pro Max 6, LandScape Pro 5, and CurbScape HDX4. These packages are designed as turnkey solutions for starting a curbing business, offering everything from the all the machines required to mix and install curb as well as many molds, trowels, stamping tools, and marketing materials.

Lil’ Bubba® also offers financing options to assist buyers in acquiring these machines and starting their businesses. This makes it easier for entrepreneurs to enter the curbing industry with a quality product and the necessary support.

Comparison with Generic Machines

Lil’ Bubba® curb machines stand out from generic machines primarily due to their patented technology, such as the Elliptical Plunger drive system, which ensures longevity, consistency and strength in curb production. The legendary engines from Kohler provide reliable and efficient performance, crucial for both residential and commercial projects. Furthermore, the comprehensive warranty and business support offered by Lil’ Bubba® add significant value, making these machines a wise investment for those in the curbing industry.

Section 4: The Benefits of Using a Quality Concrete Curb Machine

Long-Term Cost Savings

Investing in a high-quality concrete curb machine with a lifetime warranty, like those from Lil’ Bubba®, translates into significant long-term cost savings for businesses. These machines, designed for efficiency and durability, reduce the need for frequent repairs and replacements. Additionally, their precision and speed minimize waste of materials and labor costs. Over time, this efficiency results in a lower total cost of ownership compared to using less reliable equipment.

Superior Results

Quality curb machines ensure superior results in curb extrusion. Consistency in shape, size, and texture is crucial for curbing, and machines like Lil’ Bubba® deliver this with their advanced technology. The patented Elliptical Plunger drive system, for instance, ensures a consistent flow of concrete, eliminating the requirement to manually clear bridging that other machines are plagued by. The Lil’ Bubba Hornet EP also adresses most common issues like “flat spots” and “weak areas” in the curbing. This results in a more durable and aesthetically pleasing curb of a high standard.

Customer Satisfaction

The professionalism reflected in the work done with high-quality machines like Lil’ Bubba® significantly boosts customer satisfaction. With superbly extruded curb comes ease of selling more curb as clients appreciate the beauty and durability of the curbing, which enhances the overall look and functionality of their landscape or home project. Happy customers always lead to repeat business and referrals, which are vital for fast growth and instant success in the landscape curb industry.

Other Machines Plagued by Bridging

One of the most common problems in curb machines feed hopper is “bridging.” This occurs when the concrete fails to settle properly in the mold, requiring the attention of a fulltime person manually feeding the concrete passed the hopper. All other machines use a plunger style with a linear action creating gaps or weak points in the curb. Lil’ Bubba® machines address this issue with their innovative design. The Elliptical Plunger system ensures a smooth and consistent flow of concrete, effectively preventing bridging. 

Durability in all Conditions

Curb machines are often exposed to harsh working conditions with constant contact with concrete, additives and being cleaned with water. The ability of the machine to be constructed to withstand these environments is vital. Lil’ Bubba® curb machines, trowels and stamps are constructed from thicker guage steel and materials and coatings designed to operate with longevity in this tough environment. This durability ensures that they can continuously form perfect curbs without succumbing to wear and tear.

Enhancing Work Efficiency

The use of efficient machines significantly reduces the many hours of manual labor traditionally associated with formed-up curb construction. This not only speeds up the project completion time but also reduces the physical strain on workers. By automating the most labor-intensive parts of the process, these machines allow workers to focus on other aspects of the installation such as stamping and texturing the curb.

Section 5: Real-World Applications and Success Stories

Lil’ Bubba® curb machines have a record of more than 3 decades transforming the commercial and residential landscapes all over North America. For many entrepreneurs these machines are not just tools for curbing but they are the vehicle for achieving business success. The following examples and insights highlight the real-world impact of Lil’ Bubba® machines.

Success Stories and Testimonials

Since 1992 Lil’ Bubba® has helped establish thousands of owners and decades experience has developed many amazing success stories from operators who have established thriving businesses. Many of these success stories began shortly after attending the Lil’ Bubba® Curb.Academy, an initiative that combines training with a proven marketing and installation system. Notable success stories include:

  • Mike’s Journey: Mike describes how Lil’ Bubba® significantly impacted his life.
  • Mark & Sheila’s Experience: Sheila shares how they now make more in a day than they used to in a week, thanks to Lil’ Bubba®.
  • Jeremy’s 20-Year Experience: Jeremy has over 20 years of experience using Lil’ Bubba® and has developed extensive insights into the curbing business.
  • Randy’s Family Business: Randy built a family business from scratch with Lil’ Bubba®.
  • Dan’s Transition: After 20 years as a firefighter, Dan found great success with Lil’ Bubba®.
  • Scott’s Discovery: Scott met Lil’ Bubba® at a trade show and embarked on a successful curbing business venture.

These stories are more than just testimonials; they are real-life examples of how Lil’ Bubba® machines can transform entrepreneurial ideas into reality in the curbing industry.

Blog Insights

Lil’ Bubba®’s blog offers a wealth of information, including insights from veterans in the curbing business. These blogs provide practical advice, tips, and experience from those who have been in the landscape curb industry for years using the Lil’ Bubba® curb machine.

FAQs and Product Validation

The Lil’ Bubba® FAQs section is also a treasure trove of information, answering common queries about the machines, their capabilities, and their value. It includes insights into the design and functionality of the machines, addressing common questions like the hopper size, price points for curb and how the Elliptical Plunger action aids in preventing bridging. Additionally, the FAQs section reinforces the value proposition of Lil’ Bubba® machines, highlighting their longevity, innovative features, and the financial success they can bring to users.

These real-world applications and success stories serve as a testament to the effectiveness and transformative potential of Lil’ Bubba® curb machines. They offer not just a product but a pathway to business success in the curbing industry. For more detailed stories and insights, visiting Lil’ Bubba®’s official website and exploring their blog and success stories section would be highly beneficial.

Section 6: Choosing the Right Concrete Curb Machine for Your Needs

Selecting the appropriate concrete curb machine for your project or business is a critical decision that can significantly impact the efficiency, quality, and profitability of your operation. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right machine:

Project Size and Scope

  • Large-Scale Projects: For extensive commercial projects like creating curbs wider the 7.5” for parking lots, RV Parks,  or long stretches of driveway, a heavy-duty machine like Lil’ Bubbwell-prepareda® Spitfire EPC is ideal. It’s designed for larger off-road curbing projects with well prepared flat preparation has been done and it  can handle high-volume work.
  • Smaller Projects: If you’re goal is to work on residential landscaping or landscapes around commercial properties, a more compact machine like the Lil’ Bubba® Hornet EP is perfectly suitable. It’s designed for both residential and commercial use but is particularly adept at landscape curbing where the terrain can be a lot more up and down.

Budget Considerations

  • Initial Investment: Assess the upfront cost of the machine and look at the profits that  can be made every day with its use. Remember, investing in a high-quality machine like Lil’ Bubba® can lead to long-term savings and profitability.
  • Financing Options: Explore financing options. Folks purchasing a turnkey Lil Bubba business system often find the monthly repayment is less than the profit from a single day’s, work.  Lil’ Bubba® offers financing solutions to help you start your curbing business without a significant initial investment.

Specific Curbing Needs

  • Design Versatility: Consider the types of curbing projects you plan to undertake. If you need versatility in designs and styles, choose a machine and a variety of molds and trowels to suit your projects.
  • Efficiency and Speed: Evaluate the efficiency of the machine. A faster machine increases productivity and one that doesn’t require someone to feed the concrete past the plunger uses less labor.

Quality and Durability

  • Opt for machines known for their quality, durability and reliability. A durable machine like those from Lil’ Bubba® ensures few breakdowns or maintenance issues, which is crucial for continuous operations.

Support and Training

  • Consider the level of support and training provided by the manufacturer. Lil’ Bubba® offers comprehensive training through their Curb.Academy™, which can be invaluable, especially for new startups in the curbing business.

Reviews and Testimonials

  • Look at customer reviews and success stories for real-world insights. Testimonials from current users can provide an honest perspective on the machine’s performance and the company’s customer service.


In this comprehensive guide, we’ve explored what a concrete curb machine is. We’ve delved into the unique features and models offered by Lil’ Bubba®, and highlighted the benefits of using a quality machine. We’ve also shared real-world applications and success stories that demonstrate the machine’s capabilities and provided guidance on selecting the right machine for your needs.

Lil’ Bubba® stands out in the industry for it’s reputation, warranty, durability, efficiency, and precision in curbing, making it the number one choice for both budding entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals in the construction and landscaping sectors.

For more information on Lil’ Bubba® curb machines, their features, and how they can benefit your business, visit Lil’ Bubba®’s website. You can also contact them directly for personalized advice and information on financing options and training programs.

The Curb Father

Gordon Buckland, fondly known as "The Curb Father," is a luminary in the curbing industry with a rich experience spanning over 35 years. His journey, marked by a deep passion for the craft, has made him a revered figure among Curb Academy students and professionals alike. Gordon's most notable contribution is the award-winning innovative elliptic plunger drive, a cornerstone technology in the Lil' Bubba curb machines. His commitment to innovation and excellence in curbing has not only revolutionized the field but also inspired a generation of enthusiasts. As a mentor and guide, Gordon continues to share his wealth of knowledge, shaping the future of curbing with his expertise and visionary approach.