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That isn't 10 yds...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by NNJLandman, May 21, 2004.

  1. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    Alright today I was delivering top soil for my boss, I don't have my cdl yet so me and another kid were running two of the mason....we put 5 yards in each truck(give or take a shovel full) but now the lady calls and is complaining that they didn't get their full 10 yds. Anyone have an idea of how to figure out how much they really got....they already spread it out.

    Thanks

    Jeff
     
  2. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    if its paid for its too late, guess theyll have to buy more

    Chuck
     
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    measure the area that the mulch was spread in to. it's always "approximate" with mulch anyway.
     
  4. dvmcmrhp52

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

    Simple math..................
    length times width times depth...................
     
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    Ya sure, as long as it's a consistent depth.

    Hope you got the loot before you dumped the load.
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Topsoil is deceiving because it packs down. You always need more than you would think.
     
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    aren't mason trucks 3 yard capacity? If so, how did you get 5 yds into a three yd truck?
     
  8. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    we have tall sides on it....it was overloaded, i have a pic of the truck but i can't get it resized correctly.

    Jeff
     
  9. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Posts: 231

    Wow you were probley over weight, my F-350 is begging for mercey with 3 yards of dirt. I would not give an inch to that customer as long as you truthfuly gave them 10 yards. Try to educate them on dirt...What KenH says is so true it just dosnt go as far as most people think.
     
  10. Field General

    Field General LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    I buy my prosessed topsoil by the ton...I expain it to my customers in terms I think they can identify with. One ton of processed top soil is five "full" wheelborrow loads. Each wheelborrow has 25 shovels in it. SO 125shovels full equals one ton of topsoil. This usually helps them understand. One ton of soil isnt as much dirt as one seems to think. Believe me I have shoveled lots of dirt.
     

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