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How much mulch on an F150?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lech615, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. Lech615

    Lech615 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    I have an f150 full size bed with two foot extra sides on it. How much mulchg do you think I could fit in my truck?

  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    8ft bed should get you 5 yards in it easily if you fill it 2 ft over the sides.The weight of 5 yards will squat the f150 down nicely. I got 2 yards last week,it weighed 875 lbs,and it was fairly dry, 5yards will weigh at least 2000 lbs.
  3. drobson

    drobson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I get a little over 2 yards in my 8' bed with no sides on it. I would imagine at least 2 more yards with 2' added height.
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Legally.........I'd say no more that 3 yards.
  5. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    I'm gonna have to go with Scott on this one. 3, 3 1/2 TOPS. I am able to get 2 yards into the back of my truck without any sides, and the mulch pretty much level with the bed. If you do have sideboards though, you still have the back to contend with, unless you have boards for that too.

    1 yard of mulch weighs like 660 lbs
    F150 = 1/2 ton capacity
    1/2 ton = 1000 lbs
    1000 - 660 = 340
    3 x 660 = 1980
    1000 - 1980 = -980
    3.5 x 660 = 2310
    1000 - 2310 = -1310
    5 x 660 = 3300
    1000 - 3300 = -2300
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Let me put it a different way. If I was a cop and you had a F-150 rolling down the road with mulch in the bed piled up 2 FOOT over the sides, I'm pulling you over, and I'm giving you a ticket.

    It's not safe. A F-150 is not made to carry that much weight. Sure it may be fine the first ten time's you do it. No problems, you'll get away with it. Everything will be cool.

    How are you going to feel that 11th time when an 8 year old girl runs out in the street to get a ball and you slam on the brakes and the brakes fail?

    How are you going to feel when the parents of that little girl complain enough to the cops that the cops weigh your truck and find that you're 1500 lbs overloaded, thus breaking the law, thus changing your "accident" to involuntary manslaughter or even 2nd or 3rd degree murder.

    Think about it.

    Also like to ammend my previous post. I had no idea mulch weighed 660 lbs per yard.

    IF mulch weighs 660 lbs per yard then a F-150 can only hold about 1 1/2 yards. Legally. :D
  7. turfcare

    turfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 276

    I would have to agree with Green Pastures. To say the very least it would be dangerous! Not worth the risk, too many bad things could happen not to mention getting a ticket.
  8. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    Also keep in mind that the weight of mulch varies greatly depending on moisture content. That's why mulch is normally sold by the yard.
  9. T. Matthews

    T. Matthews LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    Ford F-150. I 'm sorry.
  10. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,253


    I get 2 yards of mulch in my F250 Heavy Duty and the back squats down nicely. 3 is the limit for me.

    I can't imagine 5 yards on an f150.

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