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M.A.Landscaping
05-02-2010, 10:07 PM
i was wondering if any one new how much a yard of topsoil weighed to see how much i can carry in my truck at one time, have a big job to do gonna need around 9-10 yrds.

Thanks, Marc

SouthernCutter
05-02-2010, 10:11 PM
Well its probably heavier than a yard of mulch, or so i would think, so probably anywhere from 850-1000 lbs a yard. but thats just my guess and it depends on the size of the yard by the supplier and if its wet or dry....

M.A.Landscaping
05-02-2010, 10:13 PM
i know its definitely heavier than a yard of mulch, but thanks for the guess, i would assume its somewhere in that ballpark

TMAC
05-02-2010, 10:34 PM
1 yd weighs atleast 3000 pounds a little heavier if wet. if mixed with compost mabye a little lighter 2800 pounds

STIHL GUY
05-02-2010, 10:39 PM
topsoil is pretty heavy. last year i loaded like half a yard in the ranger and it was squatting pretty bad. If you need a lot we can load up my truck and trailer too

M.A.Landscaping
05-02-2010, 10:54 PM
damn if its that heavy im thinking about just getting it delivered, save me time and some money

93Chevy
05-02-2010, 11:13 PM
3000 pounds for a yard? That's about 1000 pounds over. It's roughly a ton. My local yard sells it by the ton. One bucket load is about a ton, according to their scales. I can only haul one bucket of top.

With a job like that, I usually get about 3/4 of what I need delivered, then I make trips with my truck to feather in the last couple yards to make sure I measured everything right. Nothing sucks more than to have overestimated a delivery.

STIHL GUY
05-02-2010, 11:13 PM
thats a good plan too. its not like you have to pay for delivery either. its the customer that does. how many yards do you need??

M.A.Landscaping
05-02-2010, 11:16 PM
9-10 yards im gonna spread it out with my tractor, its a gravel driveway in a back yard that they don't want anymore, i got rid of most of the rocks last year but the lady wanted to wait till spring to finish the job

PerfectEarth
05-02-2010, 11:22 PM
Around 2000 lbs with average moisture. Get it delivered.

MJS
05-02-2010, 11:36 PM
Around 2000 lbs with average moisture. Get it delivered.

Ditto and ditto.

My truck maxes out with 2 yards, and that's with a beefed up suspension. Delivery of 9 or 10 yards is a much better idea.

milkie62
05-03-2010, 12:04 AM
Yes a yard of topsoil with average moisture is around 2000lbs. I can carry between 3 and 4 yds in my trailer compared to 7 yds of mulch.

Dave88LX
06-13-2010, 09:45 PM
FWIW the place local to me offers free delivery on 4+ yards. Be worth looking into.

360ci
06-13-2010, 11:39 PM
I picked up half a cubic yard of topsoil last Thursday here in southern Ontario. It had rained the night before, so it was more like mud, than soil. My trailer (3500lb axle) sunk down a good 3", and about an inch of that was in part to the tires alone. It had to have been over 2000lbs just for that half a yard.

I'd put a dry yard in the 3000lb range, as there's always some moisture content. I can load in two cubic yards of mulch, no problem, and it weighs less than 2000lbs with some moisture content.

RakenShovel
06-14-2010, 05:36 PM
a cubic yard of concrete wet is roughly 3500 pounds..so no dirt is coming close to touching that number.

Figured I'd go ahead and add it. A cubic foot of top soil weighs 75-100lbs. 27 cubic ft in a yard. 100x27 = 2700. 75x27 = 2025.

AllSeasonServices
06-18-2010, 12:55 AM
Soil weighs approximately 3600lbs per yard depending on moisture content organic material soil structure and makeup.
Topsoil is loamy soil mostly sand and silt, Also it should have a lower moisture content and have a high organic material content. Its right about 2800=3000 per yard depending on quality.

thewall
06-18-2010, 06:31 PM
Figured I'd go ahead and add it. A cubic foot of top soil weighs 75-100lbs. 27 cubic ft in a yard. 100x27 = 2700. 75x27 = 2025.

correct,cubic yard of quality top soil weighs about a ton

speedster
06-21-2010, 02:56 PM
Not to steal the thread but how much are you guys paying for a yard of top soil now? Local landscaping company quoted me $27.50 a ton and said it weighed "Just over a ton".

Dave88LX
06-24-2010, 03:58 PM
I got one place wanting $30/yard, and the other wants $16/ton. I've been getting the $16/ton because it works out cheaper, and there is no room for getting shorted.

M.A.Landscaping
06-24-2010, 04:40 PM
im paying $32.50 for a yard of top soil

Dave88LX
06-24-2010, 05:47 PM
I am questioning the quality of the topsoil I am getting, it appears to have a lot of small particle mulch looking pieces in it. Was very noticeable after it rained after I had put it down.

Then again, it's not screened loam.

yardmanlee
06-24-2010, 06:18 PM
damn if its that heavy im thinking about just getting it delivered, save me time and some money


thats what I would do

CTmower
06-24-2010, 06:57 PM
My F250 with Firestone airbags holds 2 cubic yards comfortably but I dont push it past that. I pay $16 cash for screened topsoil

GreenmanCT
06-24-2010, 08:23 PM
im paying $32.50 for a yard of top soil

if you ever have a job where you need more then 10 yards of top soil, i would try Manchester Materials. They got some nice topsoil, and at around 14.00 a yard if your ordering more then 20 yards. Shop around, 32.50 is really high.

They usually sell it at around 20 a yard i think if your not buying alot.

YardFarmersLLC
06-24-2010, 10:39 PM
HOLY SMOKES! I can't believe these dirt prices! I can get shredded and screened top spoil for around $20/yard. I get good black topsoil delivered by the tri-axle for $150 per load. That should be 27-30 yards for $150.

YardFarmersLLC
06-24-2010, 10:45 PM
I am questioning the quality of the topsoil I am getting, it appears to have a lot of small particle mulch looking pieces in it. Was very noticeable after it rained after I had put it down.

Then again, it's not screened loam.

If its black or brown then throw some fertilize and planty of seed to it, and it will grow fine. My parents hve the thickest stand of grass I mow. It is on sold red clay in the front yard. It was cut down 14 feet when construction took place. No topsoil has ever been added. It was seeded at triple the average rate, and strawed heavy. It get no till drilled when the fields do.

My point is, you can grow grass in the bed of the truck if you have a few soggy paper bags. I wouldn't worry about the little pieces.

Dave88LX
06-24-2010, 11:46 PM
Thanks for the information. I figured it was all "organic", it'd just eventually decay and fall back into the soil anyways. It just looks like crap right now, just after I layed the topsoil, we had heavy rains and it made all those little chips end up in clumps all over the yard.

ajslands
06-24-2010, 11:54 PM
so since were on this topic, how much does a yard of 3/4" gravel weigh because i put 1.5 yards in my truck. also i've had it filled with fill dirt too, but it was level with the sides, both times i've has my trailer with me too. but luckily the DOT wasn't watching! :D

but just wondering...


oh btw ive had only 1 yard of top soil at a time.

Hell on Blades
06-25-2010, 05:37 AM
1 yard of topsoil = 1 ton