Bulk mulch weight

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MensingMowingPlus, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. MensingMowingPlus

    MensingMowingPlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I am looking to switch from bagged mulch to bulk this year and trying to determine how much I can safely put on my trailer. I have a 6x10 with a single 3500lb axle. I plan on building up the sides with wood but I am worried about weight. I have done some research on the topic and most seem to say around 800lbs per yard does this seem right to you guys? So I am thinking 3 yards at 800lbs puts me at 2400lbs plus weight of actual trailer on axle. How do my numbers look? Thanks for the help.
  2. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    I have found ours to average around 600 but 800 is good way to stay safe.
  3. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    800lbs would be when saturated from rain. Stick to that number and you should always be good. Dont wanna beat the trailer or get a ticket.
  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I put three wet yards in my 6x10 single 3500lb axle and it bent the crap out of the axle. Needless to say that was the last time I will ever haul mulch in a single axle trailer. I ended up having to replace the axle. Most 3500lb axles are pretty lightly made so I wouldnt push it. Plus mulch can weigh close to 1000lbs per yard when wet. I would try to borrow a bigger trailer or just get it delivered.
  5. MensingMowingPlus

    MensingMowingPlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    wow I thought I would be safe with three yards. What kind of mulch were you hauling? I think forest fines might be heavier than double ground which is what I will be using.
  6. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I was just hauling double ground natural mulch. It was very wet as I was hauling it right after a big rain storm. I had hauled 3 dry yards in it before, the trailer really saged and the axle bowed a bit but no lasting damage. It just took that extra 100-200lbs a yard to bend it.

    I am just saying that 3 yards would be the limit. You will probably be fine just watch the trailer as they are putting it in. If it is wet, I wouldn't push it and would only haul two. I use 800lbs per yard dry/ moist and 1000lbs per yard soaked to be safe. Just be careful and if you have any doubts stop loading or take some out. That way you dont end up with a $250 load of mulch like I did.
  7. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 651

    Two yards on a single axle.
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,096

    I weighted the natural double grind that comes from my supplier and is 800+ lbs with normal moisture.
  9. MensingMowingPlus

    MensingMowingPlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    thanks for the help I think I am going to stick to 2 yards in the trailer and might try one in the truck bed
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    With forest fines, I would think you could only get 1-1.5 yards. To me it's going to be more like compost, but not quit as heavy as standard top soil.

    When ever I use my small 8 x 8 snowmobile trailer for small stuff, I just have them fill it until it compresses the leaf springs halfway and tell them to stop. Whatever the total is what I pay for.

    2 yards of double ground mulch is about the most I've gotten on it. 1.5 yards of triple ground.

    Now my dump truck, I can get 6 yards in it and 6 yards in the trailer. Thumbs Up


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