View Full Version : Stone spreading opinion...

01-18-2003, 09:20 PM
What would be a rough labor estimate to hand spread 3 yards of 3/4" stone. The maximum distance to spread it is about 15 feet. It will be for an existing driveway.

Just thought I would get some opinions.

01-18-2003, 09:41 PM
Charge what you what for spreading top soil. I chage my labor out for hand work to my regular customers (for extra work) @ $25.00 / hr / man plus any equipment. I charge for all equipment, excluding shovel, rake, and wheel barrel. Any new or one time customer depends on the job, but an average would be $40.00 / hr/ man.

Darryl G
01-18-2003, 10:09 PM
I would budget four hours. Moving stone by hand is hard work!

01-18-2003, 10:19 PM
Do you have a dump truck? If so.. open up the bottom side of the tailgate a very small amount and spread the stone with the truck. Do the fine raking by hand.

01-19-2003, 12:16 AM
Ken ,

AS fblandscape has stated a good dump truck driver could spread most of htis rough... and then you just have to do some clean up work... figure 1 hour should do it....

clean up work would be to rake it out by hand... but it sould not take long if the dump drops it right

01-19-2003, 12:34 AM
I honestly thought that this thread was about Larry Stone.:dizzy:

01-19-2003, 07:58 AM
last month put down 15 tons(yards)....could not use a dumptruck to rough it in...it had to be picked off the ground(in this case with a Dingo) dumped in beds and then spread by hand.

If you have no equipment help then as Daryl said above I would use 4 man hours...if done in less time fine....stone spreading is not like mulch spreading ....I do allot of both and stone is a bear

01-19-2003, 08:03 AM
By the way...let us know how it actually goes....I wish we all would occasionally go back on a post and tell the rest of us how a job went against what we thought it would take......this kind of info would help all of us I think ....in fact perhaps we could lobby for another forum wherein we all share PROVEN estimates on different kinds of work....not the DOllars part, but the man hours, unexpected problems, tricks with tools, etc...I think that would be quite valuable ....just a thought

01-19-2003, 08:45 AM
I did a job similar to this last year, and it took 1.5 hrs to spread 3 yds of #57 stone. 2 men. walking distance approx 30 ft. I hope this helps.

01-19-2003, 12:38 PM
Might be worth it to rent a small tractor and york rake?

01-19-2003, 04:53 PM
I will keep you posted....we are going to do the job this week, weather permitting.

01-21-2003, 11:27 AM
OK...The job is done. I had the stone delivered, and the guy did a good job of laying out a nice ribbon. Took 2 guys 1 hour to spread and rake out. I charged 225 for labor plus the stone and delivery (and a little extra for me.) Other than being cold, it was a piece of cake.

01-21-2003, 12:00 PM
thanks for the data Ken...and I'm glad to see someone on this site charging an appropriate price....I'll also try to remember to post back if I ask an estimating question...this really helps us when we have a job we dont do much of...thanks

ps...lucky you that mr truck driver laid it down nice....

01-21-2003, 01:00 PM
I think that would be great if we had a followup on specific jobs. Would be a great resource tool.

01-21-2003, 09:02 PM
im assuming a "yard" of stone= a ton of stone. we charge $130 a ton for 3/4 " stone. the stone cost $28 a ton. 3 ton is gravy, u should be able to do it by hand , by yourself, in less than 3 hrs. including pick up of materials. this is, assuming u r fairly fit. (im a fat old man, and i do it like this)

01-21-2003, 09:18 PM
o, sorry, i didnt read the whole thing before replying. i see u finished, all went well, great

Darryl G
01-21-2003, 09:39 PM
It's probably closer to 1.5 tons per yard of stone.

01-21-2003, 09:58 PM
Darryl--- You are about right....its 2700lbs per yard.

01-22-2003, 06:08 AM
Guys...lets say you cant have it rough/spread by the dump operator...for example you are working in beds around a building(not a long walk but...)...how would your estimate change if you had to pick it off the ground, load into barrows and dump and rake...just curious as I get allot of these...and based on the numbers I see you guys mention I dont think I'm charging enough

01-22-2003, 10:07 AM
Spreading it from a pile and having to pick it up and move it is like night and day. I would probably consider charging AT LEAST 2 times the amount if I had to move the entire 3 yards.

01-22-2003, 11:28 AM
the last couple of guys who posted... did you notice that the job is done.....

01-22-2003, 12:20 PM
yes I know the job is done...I just wanted to get an estimate point of view if it had to be picked off the ground and applied. Most of mine have been that way and it is not ez work.