Counting Wheelbarrows

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by urbanlandscape, May 11, 2005.

  1. urbanlandscape

    urbanlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    My mulch supplier loves me. I will go into the office and pay for ten yards of mulch, the loader will load my trailer to overflowing and then pack it down. I always thought that we should try counting wheelbarrows, but we never got around to it. Well, we finally did. Paid for ten yards of hardwood. Got to the job and started mulching. 10 yds, 27 cu ft per yd = 27-10 cu ft wheelbarrows full. Well, that 27 wheelbarrows full was perfect to finish the job. Guess what. I have a third of my trailer still full of mulch. I like that they are generous with the mulch, but I don't like spreading mulch for free. Does anyone else count wheelbarrows? Do you think this is fair? I see mulch advertised in my area for $40/yd installed. My mulch, at the cheapest of multiple wholesale suppliers (at least seven), is $21/yd. I couldn't fathom that price. I bet they count wheelbarrows!
  2. snap12.5

    snap12.5 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 288

  3. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    asked for three yards, got three scoops from a kubota loader. first house: 13 wheelbarrow loads, 6cu feet each. 78 feet. 1/3 of the mulch left.
    went back, got another yard for another house. total came out to be 6.5 yards installed, billed for 6.5 yards installed. but they only charged me for four. gotta love it.
  4. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I am going to have to try that. I got one job I have done for 4 years. once perfectly even, once 1 yard short, once with 1 yard extra, and once with 2 yards extra. All the mulch came from the same supplier.
  5. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    Most yards will give you more than you ask for they typicaly measure by the bucket. So if they have a 3 yard bucket and you want 6 yards they will give you two scopes. But the bucket is a 3 yard bucket if filled to the edge and level all the way accross. So they give you a nice heaping bucket full so you will usualy get extra yardage. It is realy nice when you have a large truck and they have 10 yard bucket you make out real good in thoughs situations!!!!!!
  6. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Same here. Luckily I personally know the loader opertor at the local mulch yard, thus he gives me nice big heaping scoops. Like just the other day bought 4 yards, but ended up with about 5.

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