weight of a yard of topsoil??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by M.A.Landscaping, May 2, 2010.

  1. M.A.Landscaping

    M.A.Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    i was wondering if any one new how much a yard of topsoil weighed to see how much i can carry in my truck at one time, have a big job to do gonna need around 9-10 yrds.

    Thanks, Marc
     
  2. SouthernCutter

    SouthernCutter LawnSite Member
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    Well its probably heavier than a yard of mulch, or so i would think, so probably anywhere from 850-1000 lbs a yard. but thats just my guess and it depends on the size of the yard by the supplier and if its wet or dry....
     
  3. M.A.Landscaping

    M.A.Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    i know its definitely heavier than a yard of mulch, but thanks for the guess, i would assume its somewhere in that ballpark
     
  4. TMAC

    TMAC LawnSite Member
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    1 yd weighs atleast 3000 pounds a little heavier if wet. if mixed with compost mabye a little lighter 2800 pounds
     
  5. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    topsoil is pretty heavy. last year i loaded like half a yard in the ranger and it was squatting pretty bad. If you need a lot we can load up my truck and trailer too
     
  6. M.A.Landscaping

    M.A.Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    damn if its that heavy im thinking about just getting it delivered, save me time and some money
     
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    3000 pounds for a yard? That's about 1000 pounds over. It's roughly a ton. My local yard sells it by the ton. One bucket load is about a ton, according to their scales. I can only haul one bucket of top.

    With a job like that, I usually get about 3/4 of what I need delivered, then I make trips with my truck to feather in the last couple yards to make sure I measured everything right. Nothing sucks more than to have overestimated a delivery.
     
  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    thats a good plan too. its not like you have to pay for delivery either. its the customer that does. how many yards do you need??
     
  9. M.A.Landscaping

    M.A.Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    9-10 yards im gonna spread it out with my tractor, its a gravel driveway in a back yard that they don't want anymore, i got rid of most of the rocks last year but the lady wanted to wait till spring to finish the job
     
  10. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Around 2000 lbs with average moisture. Get it delivered.
     

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