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Converting Tonage to Yards - Dirt

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JimLewis, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,839

    Ok. So I am doing this landscaping and irrigation job down in Phoenix area this week. And they sell all the dirt by the ton. Where I am from it's all sold by the yard. So I am not sure how much to order. I know how many yards I would need, but I have no idea how many tons that is.

    Anyone have any idea how much one ton of dirt equates to in yards?
  2. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    According to the conversion chart I have: 1 ton = 150sqft 2" deep
  3. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    Scratch that. I read it wrong.
  4. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    OK here's the real story according to my sand/topsoil guy: 1.25 tons = 1 yd
  5. skip1718

    skip1718 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    Wel When Sanding A Yard. One Ton Of Sand At 1/8 To 1/4 Thickness Does 1000 Square Feet. Maybe That Will Help
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    I also depends on the material used.

    Call the place that you will be buying the soil from, and ask them what the conversion is per each product that you will be using. If they are reputable, they will know off the top of their heads. My guess, is they are more of a stone/rock/paver distributor, rather than soil/mulch.
  7. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    1.25 is the conversion factor we use as well.
  8. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    Dirt - 1 yard = 1 ton, but for mulch its different. Stone, sand etc are the same as dirt.
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

  10. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454

    I go by this calculation. But it will greatly vary. If it rains the day before it will completely offset your calculation. Or if you get more rocks in one load, etc...

    It also depends by who loads the truck. We move topsoil by the truckload. On average of 300+ loads a day easily from a new subdivision. Some trucks might hold 15-20 yards, some you can pack 25 into.

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