Converting Tonage to Yards - Dirt

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

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, we were buying soil from one place and they told me 1.4 tons = 1 yard screened topsoil. So we had 15 tons delivered, thinking that would equal almost 10 yards. What they delivered was about that, from the looks of the load the delivered.

    But then I went to another rock / soil supply yard this afternoon and the guy I asked there said, decisively, 1.25 tons = 1 yard. So that means 15 yards would equal about 12 yards.

    Either way, I guess I figured out what I needed. Thanks guys.
  2. flascaper

    flascaper LawnSite Member
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    I always went with per yard or the size of the bucket loader which is one yard close to one ton. to help clients understand I say one P/u truck holds one yard and every yard covers 100 sq ft @ 2 inches.
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not saying your wrong. But the program I use for figuring covers tells me it only takes .62 yards to cove 100 sq. ft. at 2" depth.

  4. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
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    with stone, 1 yard equals about 1-1/2 ton., so the 1-1/4 ton seems right to me.
  5. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here, our rock is on a one to one ratio. Our rock is 1/5 porous. Soil is about 1.25 - 1.5 yards to 1 ton depending on how dry it is.
  6. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
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    gotta remember that soil also holds water so you're better off over estimating the weight. i always use 1.5 tons per 1 ton of soil a lot of site work guys in my area use the same thing. also 1.33 tons of 3/4" stone per 1 yard
  7. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jim - How did you get a job down in Arizona ..... or is there a Pheonix, OR?
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That was my same exact question.

    I was walking out to get my cell phone to call, then remembered the date of this post.

    You are done with it now, right?

    If it was Phoenix, Oregon, I'd take a spin down the road to say hello, or invite you over the hill to Applegate Valley for a drink.

    Here is a view looking down on where we live, from the hill where the paragliders take off - great place for a drink or coffee, wouldn't you say Jim? But I still look forward to moving back up your way.

    BLUE SPOT marks our residence. A few restaurants and store like 1 minute away.

  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, there is a Phoenix, Oregon. But the job wasn't there. It was in Phoenix, AZ.

    I got the job because my best friend's brother lives there. So I was doing them a favor. We've been friends a long time and it was a good excuse to get a free trip to somewhere sunny for a week. Plus, it was an interesting experiment - whether I could design and install a big landscape in a place where I wasn't familiar with the horticulture, turfgrass, irrigation methods, rock, suppliers, etc.

    The experiment turned out very well, thanks to a lot of research and the help of Matt Hoskins (HOSKM01, here on Lawnsite). I spent a lot of hours studying the general look of landscapes down there and all the various plants and trees and so forth.

    There are photos of the job in other threads here on lawnsite.

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