View Full Version : how many straw bails in 6x12 trailer?

03-17-2004, 11:07 AM
I have a 6x12 trailer with two foot sides. Do you guys know how many bails i can get on each layer, or do you know how big an average bail is? I have to do about 120 bails this weekend. Trying to see how many trips it will take.

Also have you guys ever compared size of the bails at Lowes and Home Depot compared to Landscape supply places. My local supplier says theirs is bigger and more clean, and they are $.50 higher than lowes and HD. I figure they all probably get their straw from the same companies. If any of you guys know, let me know.

03-17-2004, 11:23 AM
moderator - This may should have been in the landscaping forum. You can re-locate if you need to. Not that you need my permission any way.

03-17-2004, 04:38 PM
If you have tie-downs you should be able to fit at least 12-14 bales on your trailer w/o tie-downs, with tie-downs, (if you're ballsy enough, I'm not) you could fit 24 on.

As far as bale size goes, talk to a local farmer who does it for a living, you'll get the best price from them. I bought all I needed from a farmer and my bales were twice the size of the ones in stores, and half as much.....

My bales were (off the top of my head) 2' X 2 1/2' X 3 1/2'


03-17-2004, 05:56 PM
you should get at least 50 to 60 no problem,maybe more .

03-17-2004, 06:22 PM
Im thinking 12 per layer and 4 layers should be easy so about 50 or so

03-18-2004, 08:57 AM
I dont think it is the amount of bales but the weight of all combined that would hinder the amount you can fit on a trailer. If I remember correctly there are 20 bales to a ton. Figure out what your trailer can hold that will be how much you can haul at a time.

03-18-2004, 11:33 AM
is a bail really 100Lbs each?

03-18-2004, 11:56 AM
I was only thinking of having the lil' 2' sides. Stand the first layer on end & lay the next layer(s) flat


03-18-2004, 03:44 PM
Originally posted by BSDeality
is a bail really 100Lbs each?

No. Closer to 40.

Two trips shoud do it, with three ratchet straps from side to side.

03-18-2004, 04:00 PM
No. Closer to 40.

Two trips should do it, with three ratchet straps from side to side.

Sounds right to me unless they are soaking wet.

We stack hay 5 runs high on the back of a 1 ton truck 15 bails per run 5x15=75. Bed was almost the same size as a 6x12 trailer. They should go in 2 loads. Be sure to tie down good and stack the bails so they interlock.

03-21-2004, 10:54 PM
Just one question reguarding straw/hay, how much does a bail cover about?? I've used a straw blower once at school but I dont remember if we calculated the area that a bale covers.
Im lookin at buyin some this year, marsh hay that is, for some of my bigger lawn installations.

03-22-2004, 09:48 PM
I got 30 in the back of my F-150 this morning. I do have an 8' bed. Could have squeezed a few more in. I covered them with burlap and wrapped it all together. Can stack them higher that way. Only takes a couple minutes and keeps some of the straw from blowing away also.

03-24-2004, 01:30 PM
Get your supplier to deliver it for you, ours does. Add in the cost of delivery if they charge you, and pass it on to the client. This way you can maximize your time on site by actually working the straw instead of taking your time and your helper's time away to load,tie ,deliver, and unload the straw for maybe two or three trips. Let them bring it to you, and stay on site and stay profitable. JMHO...:D

Even if you don't pass the delivery charge on, isn't it still worth 50 bucks or so to stay on site, and not pay your guys for errand running, truck use, and gas, etc...???

03-29-2004, 10:03 AM
hey guys I got exactly 50 bails in the trailer. That came right to the top of the two foot railing. I could get 100 if I were to stack two layers above the rails.

04-08-2004, 11:16 PM
I have a 6 by 12 also and it has wooden slides appr 27" tall and I can get 50 bales on at a time-60 if I use a wind tarp and straps. My experience with coverage is appr 70sq ft per bale

04-09-2004, 09:49 PM
I put 28 on a 5x8 trailer.

04-09-2004, 11:16 PM
What areas do you work in?

Lovell's Lawn Care

04-12-2004, 09:15 AM
Adam, I pretty much stay around Hwy 119, hwy 280, some mountain brook. Do you work up in hayden?