View Full Version : How much mulch on an F150?

04-24-2003, 10:03 PM
I have an f150 full size bed with two foot extra sides on it. How much mulchg do you think I could fit in my truck?


John DiMartino
04-24-2003, 10:30 PM
8ft bed should get you 5 yards in it easily if you fill it 2 ft over the sides.The weight of 5 yards will squat the f150 down nicely. I got 2 yards last week,it weighed 875 lbs,and it was fairly dry, 5yards will weigh at least 2000 lbs.

04-24-2003, 11:29 PM
I get a little over 2 yards in my 8' bed with no sides on it. I would imagine at least 2 more yards with 2' added height.

Green Pastures
04-25-2003, 12:46 AM
Legally.........I'd say no more that 3 yards.

04-25-2003, 02:32 AM
I'm gonna have to go with Scott on this one. 3, 3 1/2 TOPS. I am able to get 2 yards into the back of my truck without any sides, and the mulch pretty much level with the bed. If you do have sideboards though, you still have the back to contend with, unless you have boards for that too.

1 yard of mulch weighs like 660 lbs
F150 = 1/2 ton capacity
1/2 ton = 1000 lbs
1000 - 660 = 340
3 x 660 = 1980
1000 - 1980 = -980
3.5 x 660 = 2310
1000 - 2310 = -1310
5 x 660 = 3300
1000 - 3300 = -2300

Green Pastures
04-25-2003, 09:55 AM
Let me put it a different way. If I was a cop and you had a F-150 rolling down the road with mulch in the bed piled up 2 FOOT over the sides, I'm pulling you over, and I'm giving you a ticket.

It's not safe. A F-150 is not made to carry that much weight. Sure it may be fine the first ten time's you do it. No problems, you'll get away with it. Everything will be cool.

How are you going to feel that 11th time when an 8 year old girl runs out in the street to get a ball and you slam on the brakes and the brakes fail?

How are you going to feel when the parents of that little girl complain enough to the cops that the cops weigh your truck and find that you're 1500 lbs overloaded, thus breaking the law, thus changing your "accident" to involuntary manslaughter or even 2nd or 3rd degree murder.

Think about it.

Also like to ammend my previous post. I had no idea mulch weighed 660 lbs per yard.

IF mulch weighs 660 lbs per yard then a F-150 can only hold about 1 1/2 yards. Legally. :D

04-25-2003, 10:34 AM
I would have to agree with Green Pastures. To say the very least it would be dangerous! Not worth the risk, too many bad things could happen not to mention getting a ticket.

04-25-2003, 10:46 AM
Also keep in mind that the weight of mulch varies greatly depending on moisture content. That's why mulch is normally sold by the yard.

T. Matthews
04-25-2003, 01:56 PM
Ford F-150. I 'm sorry.

04-25-2003, 02:19 PM
Originally posted by John DiMartino
8ft bed should get you 5 yards in it easily if you fill it 2 ft over the sides.The weight of 5 yards will squat the f150 down nicely. I got 2 yards last week,it weighed 875 lbs,and it was fairly dry, 5yards will weigh at least 2000 lbs.


I get 2 yards of mulch in my F250 Heavy Duty and the back squats down nicely. 3 is the limit for me.

I can't imagine 5 yards on an f150.

04-25-2003, 02:40 PM
I guess there are a lot of variables, which have already been stated. I put 2 yards in my F250 and it doesn't go down at all as long as the mulch is relatively dry. If it is wet it goes down about an inch. I know that from hauling other things that I could easily put 4 or 5 yards of mulch in it if I had sidewalls high enough. Of course we are talking about an F150, and don't know what springs it has or if it has a towing package or anything. This will make a difference.

Kohls Landscaping Co
04-25-2003, 03:34 PM
i'd personally rather make more trips with only two yards of mulch than have replace the suspension system after it breaks...

04-25-2003, 03:48 PM
I'd say 2-3 yards MAX

04-26-2003, 01:08 AM
I agree with Scott!! Think about the what if, I would rather make more trip to get mulch instead of sitting in th Pookie wish for those what if's!! Remember the capicity of you F150 is only 1500 lbs legally. :cool: :)

04-26-2003, 04:34 AM
Since we're on this topic, how much top soil have you safely carried? I guess a yard is about max for the f150?

04-26-2003, 07:28 AM
Look on the indide of the driver's door. There is a plate that states the gvw of the truck. If you weigh your truck empty when you leave a dump or arrive at a stone yard then you know the difference between the two. You will find that your F-150 carries more than 1,000 lbs. legally. They do vary.

John DiMartino
04-26-2003, 07:34 AM
I used to put 4 yards of mulch in my Ram 2500's 8 ft bed with no problems at all.I could have gotten another yard on it with ,but it woul be heaped real high. I agree an f150 isnt made to hau much of anything due to its limited payload.

Green Pastures
04-26-2003, 11:26 AM
John, a Ram 2500 is considerably more "truck" that a Ford F-150.

04-26-2003, 11:41 AM
I would say 2 yds mulch, or 1 yd topsoil max. Just because something can fit doesn't mean it is supposed to. I have a GMC 2500HD with a 6' box and I can easily put 3 yds mulch, alittle heaped though. I can only put about 2-3 yds topsoil in it, depending on how dry it is. You must remember moisture content can double your weight with topsoil. I have 2.5 yds screened topsoil in the back of my truck double tarped right now just to keep it dry. There's also 8 yds of mulch on my traier tarped to keep it from getting soaked also.

04-26-2003, 07:58 PM
Another question could be:

How many yards of mulch does your supplyer sell when he buys a 90 yard load? Sometimes the answer is a lot more than 90.

If one guy gets 5yd in an F-150 and another gets in only 3, is the 5 yd load bigger than the 3 yd or is it just the bill that is bigger or vice versa?

Something to think about.

04-27-2003, 12:23 AM
Good point. When I get mulch and ask for 2 yards and they use a 2 yard bucket I get a lot less than if they give me 2 scoops with the 1 yard bucket. The other day I went for 1 yard for a small job and the one scoop they gave me was so overflowing that it was almost 2 yards. Now if I had said "Hey, you know what, give me another yard". I would have had almost 4 yards and would have been calling it 2 yards. I know this works the other way too, so the point is well taken that my 4 yards may not be the same as your 4 yards...

colonel landscaping
04-27-2003, 09:20 AM
where i used to buy my mulch they rip everyone off so bad i dont know how anyone hasnt figured it out yet.. i have a ram 1500 6ft bed and they said i can get 3 yards in it! .. i get it peaked to the roof with "3yds" sure dont seam like 81cubic feet of mulch... hmmm

dan deutekom
04-27-2003, 09:28 AM
In any of the "big three" 1/2 ton trucks an honest yard of mulch or a 1/2 yard of soil or gravel is about the safe limit. I used to work at a nursery and people would be shocked at how little their "big tough truck" could actually carry when the loader started to fill the bed.

04-28-2003, 08:35 AM
sorry i didnt respond to my own opost. my computer was down. I ended up getting 3 yards safely in thetruck. In fact I had the first two loads thinking it was five yards. the place I got them from tried to tell that they could fi five yards in my truck. Oly until I went to another place did i find out what i really was getting was 3 yards for a five yard price. What a rip off. In the future i will stay with two yards in my truck. Just because it will be safer overall.

Thans for the input

J J Landscaping
05-11-2003, 05:49 PM
I have 2 - F-250. 1 F-150. 3 yards it will take but, I will only put 2 yards in my trucks. I do things with a little care. Any more than 2 the trucks ( do not handle ) I like my springs were they are, under the bed not thru the bed. It is not safe and i need the trucks the next day. Most landscapers will be happy to run 3 yards or more to a job for you.

05-11-2003, 06:39 PM
If I need more than the limit of my truck and dont want to go back and fourth , I 'll just get it delivered... Most times for me , it may be too far of a drive to waste the time to go back and fourth, so have them beat up their trucks for $35 and save yours.... I am not really sure about a 150 , never load mine, But my 250 with an insert dumper can comfortable handle 3 yards of mulch, but only one yd of top soil that is wet and one yard of QP or gravel... same for sand.. It can handle more, but , like was said I need the truck the next day so I'm not takin the chance on something going wrong... just not worth it... Now I have timbrens in it and still put the same loads in it but it handles like nothing is in it.. Excellent investment the Timbrens... Thery are like super duty sway bars...... But dont think I would use them as an excuss to put 6 K lbs in the bed of my truck as they are rated for..... JMO...

05-12-2003, 01:28 PM
660lbs per yard is an average weight I got a 2 yards yesterday that had been rained on for almost 2 days straight. When I pulled out of the yard it felt like I had 4 yards on the back end. After I got the job site I noticed that there was mulch colored water flowing out the gate of my truck. Water will add a lot of weight to your mulch if I can recall 1 gal of water weighs 5-8 lbs that can add up real fast if it has been raining alot.

Another thing that you can look into is delivery some place charge some are free Just figure the fees into the bill.

One of my wholesalers will deliver anything over 6yds for free within town and anything over 11yds outside of town within so many miles. There have been a couple of times that I needed 3 on one job and three on another job. I had him dump the load at one job then loaded my truck from there.

Use your judgment. I would say you only want to put 2 yards on a F150.

AGG Lawn Maintenance
05-12-2003, 02:57 PM
2 yards with out sides. Anything above that should be put into a rake body dump or a dump truck. If you don't have either get it delivered and charge the customer for it. Thats just my .02.