Because of reduced waiting time and faster truck discharge, concrete producers who pump concrete can usually get more production from their trucks. This reduces the number of trucks needed to service a market area. Pumping also makes access to sites easier, reducing wear on trucks that can be incurred on rough or muddy terrain. It is also safer because trucks no longer have to move in close to open trenches or excavations. The cost of a medium-sized truck-mounted boom pump ranges from $285,000 to $100,000 depending on the pump chosen and the truck model. There is a sizable equipment investment needed and the producer must also invest in hiring and training a pump operator.