Topsoil Screeners

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by icex, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
    Posts: 389

    Needing some advice from the experts.

    I have a friend up the road whos doing a major dirt removal project. We've already hauled 100 ton and haven't put a dent in it. I'd say there is over 10,000 tons of dirt or more to move.

    This is beautiful topsoil which got me thinking. What would people pay for screened topsoil? It has roots/rocks in it that need screened. I could buy a screener for $15k.

    I am just wondering if anyone does this and what they get per ton of screened dirt? Thanks
  2. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Posts: 150

    That machine looks too small for that much dirt unless you are planning on stockpiling dirt.

    Per 18cu yard I pay $160
  3. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
    Posts: 389

    I plan on stockpiling it.
  4. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,724

    Unless you have a few other screening jobs lined up , I don't think it is worth it. Around here you can get a load (20 tonne avg) for 300 plus delivery ( sometimes cheaper) by screening this material you would break even just on the cost of the machine , plus you would be paying out of pocket for machine fuel, labour, maintenance etc. I don't know what type of equipment you have to load but it may be better to rent a tromel type plant for a few days and be done with it.
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  5. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I get really nice screened, shredded topsoil for 250.00 delivered .... about 9-10 yards worth, from a local sod company that stores it dry in a huge covered structure.

    Their screener it awesome.
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    I get it for 10/yard wholesale picked up but most places sell it for 20/25 retail. I would rent a screener for a month and make sure you can sell the product
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  7. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    I owned the 500 version. Same as 550 but 2006 model. It was great for making trench bedding onsite. As for had better be very dry and you must be patient. I paid 5k for a unit with 240 hours
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 567

    You would be better off hiring a company to bring in a real screener and have them do it for you.
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  9. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Where can you get screened topsoil that cheap? All the screened stuff on the south side is 300 plus?
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I think the values of topsoil are really regional. I would agree that unless you can keep a screener working, either renting a screener or having someone custom screen for you would be the best. Only downside is the custom screener is going to want to be paid. If they charge you $1-$2 a yard to screen it. Thats 20K out of pocket. If there is a demand for topsoil and you can afford the cash layout, it might pay off nicely. Here screened topsoil is about $8.00 a yard. I think the main questions can only be answered by you which are value of the topsoil after its screened. How fast you can sell it and if you can layout the cash to get it processed are some of the questions to ask.

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