yards of material

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Abes, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Abes

    Abes LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 23

    Does anybody know how many yards of material (mulch,dirt etc) I can fit into the bed of my pickup?? I have a 1999 Chevy K2500 4x4 OBS reg cab long bed. I am guessing 2-3 right now. I know the F550 dump I use at work can take 5 yards 6 with a tarp.

    Thanks!
     
  2. OSCLandscaping

    OSCLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    2 yds mounded, mulch would be O.K., loam, dirt, you'll probably destroy your truck.:)
     
  3. Abes

    Abes LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 23

    Thanks for the quick reply!! All this warm weather has got me thinking about landscaping season already. In the 1 year Ive had this truck It has never sagged more than a couple inches I think it is up to the task of a heavy load. The last heavy load I had was probly 3-4 thousand pounds of scrap metal the load was higher than the truck.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    put 2 yards of wet loam in it you will see a sag
     
  5. Abes

    Abes LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 23

    Any idea of what 1 yard of soil/loam weighs?

    And while were talking about it how many ton(s) of a material like rock/gravel/sand/salt can a K2500 handle safely? its the heavier duty K2500 with the 8600 gvwr. I dont have a problem making multiple trips if the load is really heavy but at the same time i like to be as productive as possible.
     
  6. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    You just answered your question when you said it was 8600 lbs gvwr.
     
  7. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
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    1 yard of soil i believe can be anywhere from 1500-2000 lbs depending on moisture content

    i have asked what 1 yard of mulch weighs and I am sure it has to be half of soil so maybe 1000-1500 depending on moisture?

    Are we taking hauling capacity or are we talking total volume of the bed? Big difference.
     
  8. Abes

    Abes LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 23

    Well I would really like to better understand both. I know I will be able to haul a bigger volume of mulch than say rock or class 5 gravel.
     
  9. Abes

    Abes LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 23

    well i picked up 2 yards of mulch today and it was almost completely flush with the top of the bed rails when i leveled it out. looking from the side it doesnt even look like it has a load in it.
     
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good, now now what you want to do is fork it back out of the truck and pick up a check
     

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