Dirt Production Rates

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Gr8WhiteNorth, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi guys,

    I'm bidding some soil prep and wanted some feedback on production.

    Does 30-40 cubic yards per hour to spread piled topsoil to finish grade sound like normal production rate?

    Pile size = 12 cubic yards from tandem dumps layed out where I want. (close)

    Area = wide open 130,000 sq.ft.

    Machine = CAT Multi-Terrain Loader 85 hp with 6ft wide tooth bucket

    Conditions = dry/normal

    Sub-grade = +/- 1" before I start


  2. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can you get 30-40 yards delivered every hour?
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That all is going to depend on the operator have you looked into a Harley rake :waving:
  4. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    Yes, dirt can be hauled at that rate. Supply is within 1/4 mile and trucking co has tons of tandems so it shouldn't be a problem.

    I've seen videos on the harley rakes but never used one. Dragging weighted harrows and steel drag seems faster because I can get 12 feet wide. I haven't compared directly but open to the idea if you think it would work better.

    I could see the Harley rake working great on hard packed soil. The drags are quick on fresh stuff.
  5. Executive Landscape

    Executive Landscape LawnSite Member
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    Finish grade or rough grade? seed or sod? irrigation to work around or no? Harley rake would work well if its a finish grade but you will need to drag out with the bucket first unless the delivery trucks can spread it out for you reasonably well. If you are really good in that cat you might be able to get it done without additional equipment and yes 30-40 yards per hour is doable IF you are really good in your cat and the delivery trucks can drag it out a bit for you so your not dealing with 5' tall piles.. A very good dozer operator might work fastest.
  6. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    Area is to be seeded. Finished quality doesn't need to be as perfect as sod. No irrigation.

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