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How much mulch in a pick up?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by gogetter, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    8' bed with no side boards. Can I fit 2 full yards in it?

    I don't do a lot of mulch jobs, but they've usually been over 5 yds and are delivered by the supplier.
    Just have a little job to do tomorrow and don't want to pay for delivery on such a small job.
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    2 yards no problem,3 yards with a tarp and not far to go. If the mulch is wet it's a pretty good load in a half ton.
  3. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    I agree with dvm. Two yards will be no problem.
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Thanks. It's an F-250. I've had ONE yard in it before, but I had 18" side boards on it then. I no longer use the sides and wasn't sure how high up two yards was going to be.

    Need to throw a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes on top, and just didn't want to be spilling over the sides.
  5. Hrock

    Hrock LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    I have an f 250 and always go w 3 yds, it fits no prob. but ive gotten 4 on before (mounded)
  6. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    4x8 in the center of the bed x 18 inches =48cubic feet
    there are 27 cu ft in a yard so 54 in 2
    There is plenty of extra space in front and back of the wheelwells so 2-3 yards is realistic.
    carefull driving you could be pretty heavy at 3 yards.
  7. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,432

    I usually get two yards and its pretty full on my dodge 2500 with 8 foot bed.I dont know if i would go with more than 2 and a half.
  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Thanks guys. Did it today, two fit just fine. No problem at all.

    If I was going to do 3, I would need some side boards or it would have been spilling over the bed. But 3 would fit with some simple 10" side boards.
    Now weight is a different issue, but it would have fit.

    Thanks again all.
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Three yards in my 99' F-250 once and that was the most I'd ever put in it again.
  10. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    You guys are babying your trucks. Three yards, F-150.
    Check your tires first, and go for it.
    Of course that's an 8 foot bed, anything shorter ain't a truck.

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