View Full Version : moving pea gravel ?

04-06-2005, 12:45 AM
Can anyone give me an idea of how much time it would take to spread pea gravel by the yard? About 10 yds needs to be wheelbarrowed about 80 ft and I know it's not going to be moved at the same rate as bark. Oh, and it's all level so the grunt factor will be consistent. Any ideas? Thanks... Oly

04-06-2005, 12:59 AM
rent a mini skid loader to do the work, save yourself the trouble.

hole in one lco
04-06-2005, 01:02 AM
Always bring 2 guy one shovels the other feeds you. Iv found that a garden rake works best. It will go quick and you can walk and lift your arms at the end of the day.

04-06-2005, 01:18 AM
About 10 man hours.

04-06-2005, 01:32 AM
Thanks guys but the only option is to wheelbarrow the stuff, really!. It sucks but it needs to be done that way. No room for a skid, just grunt work, but I have no idea how much could be moved by the hour compared to bark or other mulch as pea gravel wieghs so much more and you just can't load a wheelbarrow as full. Again, any ideas? Thanks...Oly

04-06-2005, 01:35 AM
Thanks hole in one, but spreading it is not the isue, just moving it...Oly

04-06-2005, 02:21 AM
So 1grnlwn, all things consitered, would you then be ok with moving 1 yard per hour? or are you figuring spreading it too? Thanks...Oly

04-06-2005, 02:37 AM
Invest in a 8 cubic foot big heavy duty wheelbarrow.The one I have is made in USA by Tru Temp
It makes the weight so much easier to handle because of the two wheels side by side.I'm not talking about those little two wheeled plastic things that those little ole ladies buy.Mine is plastic but it'a contractors wheel barrow,handles twice as much and is lighter and best one I have used when you want to get a bunch of gravel at at time from one place to another.I think it was a $100.00 but paid for itself as far as time and energy the 1st job I used it at.You may find one for rent someplace too.

04-06-2005, 03:13 AM
thanks sheshovel, but what I want to know is how much can be moved per hour as compared to bark as gravel is so much heavier than bark. :)

04-06-2005, 03:32 AM
Honey it all moves the same as far as volume goes.If you use a tool that makes the weight easier to push and faster to push it moves the same as bark.There is a difference in spread time though.Bark covers the ground alot faster than gravel cuz it's bigger and has more volume to it.So figure twice the amount of time it takes you to spread bark for gravel.

It's a hard question to answer cuz I dont know how long your legs are,how big your feet are,or how strong you are so hard to determine an answer for you. :rolleyes: :cool2: :D

AL Inc
04-06-2005, 06:48 AM
I'm not sure how many men will be on the job, but I have found it fastest to bring several wheel barrows and have one man just to load them. Another man to wheel and dump them, and another to spread. They take turns as the first two jobs are tough. Figure only filling about half to 3/4 of the wheel barrow. Without seeing it, I would say 10 man hours is in the ballpark.

04-06-2005, 07:38 AM
Depending on your energy leval,and how well and long you all can hold strong,you should be able to move APROX 1.75 to 2.0 yards per hour with 2 men 2 shovels 1 rake with wheelbarrow.....use rotational system so you won't wind down as quick!

04-08-2005, 01:30 AM
Why can't you use a mini skid steer? They aren't much wider than a wheel barrow. They don't weigh too much and cause minimal damage to things if used correctly.

04-08-2005, 01:52 AM
Kind of like others said, it depends on the fitness level of those doing the work. I can move a ton an hour that distance all day, but I am 38 years old and weigh 140 lbs. Some guys can move much more, others, much less, depending on how fit they are.

hole in one lco
04-08-2005, 10:12 PM
remember my 1 rule the first guy to dump the wheel barrel buys lunch