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figureing how many tons you need of stone

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by topdog, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. topdog

    topdog LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 205

    what is a good formula to figure how many tons of stone you will need for an area? i usually go to the rock yard, and give them the stats. just curious as to how to figure it.
  2. kkls2006

    kkls2006 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    Length x Width x Depth =

    Divide By 324 =

    Divide By 1.5

    Should get you close.
  3. topdog

    topdog LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 205

    thank ya sir. never seen a formula to convert it to tons.
  4. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    I thought it was divide by 27
    Multiply 1.35
    = Tonnage
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    Ask the stone yard how much a yard of their stone ways. Different stone has different weight and bigger sized stone has more void space in a yard.

    Mike's formula is for stone that weighs 1.35 per yard. I think that kkls made some kind of typo in his formula.
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    You cant figure out how much stone 1 ton will cover (to many variables, each rock weighs different, etc), you need to ask them how much one yard weighs, you need to go by yards. But still, I just go by yard. Only time I go by ton is when buying Flagstone or anything like that.

    Yard = Volume.
    Tons = Weight.

    Comon guys.
  7. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    We Convert Yards To Tons All The Time With No Problems.width X Length X Thickness Devided By 27 X 2. Thats How I Figure It For Stoning Streets And Parking Lots
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    I was just going by what i use for 57's on walls and etc.
  9. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    I always just tell the quarry the amount in yards and make them do the conversion.

    Come to think of it, i swear that i used a full tandem or tri axle of road base or 3/4 clear on every single job.

  10. patpls

    patpls LawnSite Member
    from Mn
    Posts: 80

    Hey a friend sent me this free software. give it a try and let's hear your responses, is it accurate?"Landscape calc."

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