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Eric 1
04-11-2005, 10:14 PM
Just thought id share, this is what i spent this afternoon doing.


here is before:

Eric 1
04-11-2005, 10:19 PM
After:

Please excuse the mes on the side walks, i took the pics before we blew it off because it was getting dark fast.

Eric 1
04-11-2005, 10:26 PM
And here is what it took to do it. :eek: :eek: :help:

p.s. I do NOT recommend this.

Gudtimes
04-11-2005, 11:12 PM
How thick did you lay that mulch?

Gilla Gorilla
04-11-2005, 11:42 PM
I think its time for you to upgrade to a tandem axle with 24" high sides.

i_plant_art
04-12-2005, 12:26 AM
all that mulch in that little space it had to be 4" thick at minimum.

snap12.5
04-12-2005, 12:31 AM
is that an 8ft bed on that 4x4? how much mulch did u fit on the back of it? is it a 2500 or 1500 series?

Eddie B
04-12-2005, 05:34 AM
And here is what it took to do it. :eek: :eek: :help:

p.s. I do NOT recommend this.

Eric I thought your truck was a 3/4 ton? I remember filling my '93 chevy half ton with stone. That thing was weighed down big time. LOL :)

lawn_pro
04-12-2005, 06:19 AM
Did you lose any mulch on the drive over? that trailer is real full

Eric 1
04-12-2005, 09:54 PM
Ok, lets start from the top.

1. about 2''. It is more area than it looks.

2. Yes, i need a dump trailer badly, but i rarely haul this much at once.

3. It is a 6ft bed. I guess about 1.5 yards (6x4 bed pilled about 3.5 ft high), not sure he used a loader to fill it and it had a larger than normal bucket. It is a 1500. :help:

4.No it is a 1/2 it has over-load springs on it though. it was about all it could take though, i will not haul that much again.

5. I lost vary little, i had a large tarp over it, i took it off for the pics.

Lawnworks
04-12-2005, 10:27 PM
How many yards total was it?

Eric 1
04-12-2005, 11:03 PM
About 7 yards.

Lawnworks
04-12-2005, 11:14 PM
Wow delivering 7 yards yourself! That poor truck. Having the supplier deliver was not an option? I am getting 4 yards delivered tomorrow, glad I don't have to deal w/ having to get it there.

grass_cuttin_fool
04-13-2005, 09:27 AM
Back in march, I pulled in to get a load of mulch and I have a 6x12 traler with 2 foot sides on it. I figure I can put 5yds of mulch on it. While I was paying the other guy loaded it, HE put 2 scoops or around 9yds on my trailer. I was glad I had to only go a few miles to deliver, thought he had killed my poor trailer lol. I was at the mulch yard again this week and I told the loader operator 1!!!!!!!!! scoop this time

Eric 1
04-13-2005, 10:13 AM
Wow delivering 7 yards yourself! That poor truck. Having the supplier deliver was not an option? I am getting 4 yards delivered tomorrow, glad I don't have to deal w/ having to get it there.

No they could not deliver.

I only had to go about 4-5 miles with it, and it was kinda nice, i just backed the trailer up and shoveled right off it instead of having to use a wheelbarrow. It saved a good amount of work.

Eric 1
04-13-2005, 10:14 AM
Hey Lawnworks, were in the SE or you from?

KathysLGC
04-13-2005, 03:39 PM
That doesn't look like 7 yards to me. What size trailer is that? It looks to be more like 3 yards total including whats on the truck..

Eric 1
04-13-2005, 04:53 PM
Yeah 7 may be a bit high, but it is more than 3.

The trailer is 6.5x12. so if it was piled 3' high it would hold 8 yards, but it is not, if you leveled it out it probably has about 5-6 on it and the truck has just better than a yard. I think i am close.

Lawnworks
04-13-2005, 08:49 PM
I am a bit south of you in central GA.

Eric 1
04-14-2005, 10:01 AM
I am a bit south of you in central GA.

:waving: :cool:

TheKingNJ
04-15-2005, 12:40 AM
thats a large mulch job?

anyway i love the chevy, i've been there done that with my old chev 1500 many times, wish i took pictures. oneday i had wet topsoil mounded as high as i could, i put my trailer on, and the foot on the trailer was scraping the road, wow those were the days

Mower For Less
04-15-2005, 12:50 AM
If I had to guess dimensions from the picture I would say the area is 25 ft. x 40' ft. Am I close?

(I was bored, please humor me)

Thanks,
Kevin

Jason Rose
04-15-2005, 01:03 AM
How much does a yard of mulch weigh? I have a buddy that had a 1/2 ton 4x4 chevy long bed and filled it with DIRT. heaped and running over the sides about like your mulch on the bed, only 2 feet longer! Poor truck! and Poor tires! I have no idea how he even got it home like that, had to be 4 tons easy on there...

Our mulch here comes in cute little bags, 2 or 3 cu. ft. at a time. Nobody sells mulch the way you guys buy it, that is unless you want junk the tree guys grind up with their big chippers, that you can have for FREE dropped on your driveway. Not what I would call 'pretty' at all... plus it's not hardwood or cypress, just misc. everything that was ground up that day

Eric 1
04-16-2005, 09:03 PM
If I had to guess dimensions from the picture I would say the area is 25 ft. x 40' ft. Am I close?

(I was bored, please humor me)

Thanks,
Kevin

Your close, it was like 28x45 (i think, i measured it over a week ago.)

Jason, I don't know what i yard weighs, i would like to know though.

Hey king wasup?, What do you mean "thats a large job" You do bigger?
Yeah, them old chevys are tough trucks man!

Mower For Less
04-16-2005, 11:39 PM
Your close, it was like 28x45 (i think, i measured it over a week ago.)

Cool, not much to get a spacial relationship from, but just imagine how dangerous I am in person.. lol... :cool:

Kevin

PROCUT1
04-17-2005, 04:34 PM
For reference this is an 8 yard truck

Eric 1
04-21-2005, 10:02 PM
Cool, not much to get a spacial relationship from, but just imagine how dangerous I am in person.. lol... :cool:

Kevin

LOL :alien:

Eric 1
04-21-2005, 10:03 PM
For reference this is an 8 yard truck

I cant see anything, can you try re-posting it, i would like to see it.

LawnScapers of Dayton
04-21-2005, 10:24 PM
a yard of fine cut mulch weighs around 700lbs......moisture content makes a big difference.

Derek