BIG ROCK- Need feedback

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by integrityman, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dimensions are app 6'x5' by about 4'. Its granite and very, very pretty. Wonderful shades of pink & tan with black Mica flecks. The picture does not do it justice. I'm guessing it weighs around 15,000 pounds.

    How much is this worth - face value?

    How much to install it?

    big rock.jpg
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    thats a broad question.

    how much is it worth? Well, i have people call me all the time wanting to sell me their rocks from their land. In such a case, they're not worth anything to me because if we were to go get them - I'd have money tied up in mobilizing, equipment, fuel, labor, etc.

    If I had the rock on my property and I thought I'd use it in a landscape job - I'd probably include it in the landscape package for $125.00. But the rock in your pic does not look "4'" thick?

  3. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    i wouldn't think that would weigh 15,000 lbs. 2 of my medium skids are about 8000 each meaning it weighs just under 2 skidloaders. Maybe it's extremely dense...your gonna need something big to place that baby !!!!!
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    15k pounds?

    Doubt it.

    Rock like that one in the pic though goes for 400+ here if the dimensions are what you say they are.

    It really stinks that we don't have too many rocks around here and it drives up the price immensely. I hear stories all the time about people in other parts of the nation throwing nice stones in holes and burying them. :cry:

  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That stone I would use in one of my water features or use it in some form of a wall/step/patio configuration. Anyway unless the picture is compressed it doesent look 4 feet thick. If it is it weighs big time, Placeing stone like that I open my little black book of favors owed. Priceing that stone is strongly based on placement and transportation cost. stand alone ball park 175 /225 give or take
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    It probably weighs about 600 pounds

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  7. Karmascapes

    Karmascapes LawnSite Member
    from NLR, AR
    Messages: 44

    The rock farms down here sell those same style of rock for about 175/ton, but i agree on the weight issue, rocks get heavy quick but 16K is a small bulldozer...
  8. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The stone is between 3'-4+' in thickness. Granite is exceptionally dense- weighs around 168lbs per cubic foot. Do the math. Since its not evenly dimensioned, I minimized the weight. So i feel the 15k guess is more or less accurate.....& yes, I have access to heavy equipment to move it.

    A customer wanted this Goliath in his postage stamp front yard & I about $hit. Im just trying to get some ideas on selling it & trying to get a little $$ out of the deal....

    The customer is a civil engineer and finds really nice chunks of granite buried when he is on various job sites and keeps the really nice ones... The granite is obviously not native, but rather was transported to my area from historic glacial flows. He found this one and was hoping to use it.

    Trust me, this thing is big & very heavy- 600lbs? Your bung hole hurts!
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is the boulder in the pic the same one you are talking about?

  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, it appears many of us are not seeing the size of the boulder in the pic that you are claiming :) Have you looked at the picture, perhaps the pic you uploaded isn't the correct picture?

    Not arguing, just most of us are merely reponding to what's written.

    I guess the best way to convince us of the size is to hold a tape measure across the top. Across the width. And on the ground on all sides.

    The side of the boulder towards the bottom of the pic appears to be 6-12 inches from the ground, not "4-feet"!!

    Happy rock moving. and good luck ta ya!

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