easiest way to get 2 cubic yards of concrete to job site?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by apowell18, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. apowell18

    apowell18 LawnSite Member
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    I have a question...I've never had to get this amount of concrete to a job site before....even with installing fencing and decks (footings)...it's not a lot, but enough to prevent me from hauling 58+ bags of quickrete to the back yard :laugh: ...who would I call to get fresh concrete that I can haul myself? We have LaFarge here in town...I just don't want to sound like an idiot when I call..thanks in advance.
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have no idea who LaFarge is, but call your redi-mix supplier.

    Don't know how it works there, but here we have a 4 yard minimum for free delivery in the county.

    2 yards isn't much, and can be wheelbarrowed quite easily... What are you pouring?
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    I don't quite understand. Whats the difference between hauling bags or a hotmix, besides a mess? I would just mix onsite, or have a truck deliver. :confused:
  4. apowell18

    apowell18 LawnSite Member
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    I'm adding on to a patio and pouring a walkway...Like I said I haven't needed this amount before and wondered if there was an easier way than hauling bags to the back yard...I don't even know the price difference either...it's the weekend and no one is open around here...
  5. Let-it-mow!

    Let-it-mow! LawnSite Member
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    If you can do this in one pour (that is in 30 minutes or so), call for a redi-mix truck. Find a company that has a truck that can mix on-site. These trucks have hoppers for the dry cement, stone, and a water tank. They mix the concrete right at the top of the shoot.

    Here the driver will stick around for 45 minutes than you start paying for time. If you need only 2 yards you may have to pay more. Ask when you call. They can get about 11 yards on a truck so you if you can't pour a yard every 4 minutes, it costs you more.

    So if you need a little concrete at a time, you'll have to rent a mixer and mix it yourself.
  6. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    WHY would you bother hauling BAGS to pour a walkway? All you need is a few bags of Portland, Stone and Sand. You could move all that in a wheelbarrow. Go rent a mixer and goto town..

    I have a Belle (the orange all metal mixer you usually see for rent) It'll do a wheelbarrow full at a time, so 12 or so and your done.
  7. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    We have a belle as well it is a great mixer. The electric model runs about 500 and well worth the money. Personally we have calculated the difference of portland/onsite mix vs. Quickrete and on small jobs the quickrete wins you can mix 58 bags in short time as long as you have the man power to mix and move.
  8. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
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    F the bags and all that bullshit for 2 yards, I pour a lot of concrete and doing it from bags is the worst way unless you are pouring under 1 yard anything over that you should just order it from the truck. Doing it from bags is 4times the work, and if you are trying to pour a finished pad you will never be able to work the concrete and mix it too. Call Lafarge they will bring out 2yards for sure, you just might have to pay for 4 yards but trust me in the end it will deffinetly pay off less work, better quality concrete also. Those bag mixes do not have enough portland in them and the mix is too weak.
    Just my opinion, Good luck
  9. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anything over a yard or so I wouldn't bother with mixing by hand. Call the big trucks. Threes no way getting around concrete work with out a head ache and a back ache.

    Like my Grandpa says...."If you have any gray matter up here (points to his head) , then you don't F*** with the gray matter down there"

  10. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 549

    There are a couple of new companies here that specialize in short loads. They have 3 or 4 yard mixers mounted on single axle trucks. Make some calls, maybe there's one in your area.

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