Dirt leveling

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by T.E., Apr 8, 2003.

  1. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Hey guys I did a search, but did not find what i needed. I have a lady that wants me to bring in two dump truck loads of top soil for her and spread it for her I have never priced this sort of thing so I don't know where to start any help would be appreciated

  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    6 wheel... 10 wheel... How many yards?
  3. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    What size dump trucks? If it were small loads, I would try to do it by hand. If it were big, like I believe it is, I would look into renting a skidsteer or tractor with a loader. I have a tractor with a loader and it works good for that kind of project, it leaves a small imprint on any existing lawn that is still there.
  4. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    if its single axles about 8- 10 ton each load . i would charge 300 a load an thats spread. the dirt here only costs me 85 a load . that leaves 430 in profit . get a bobcat for 75 dollars for 4 hours an get the job done in a few hours an make 355 clear profit!! get busy
  5. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I'd use a box blade (grader box) to spread it. much quicker and easier to get it level and smooth.
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    What He ^^^^ said.
  7. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    More info needed.

    How far is the soil going to be moved?

    Can it be scooped off hardtop? Or will it be dumped on soil?

    Will it be moved over landscape or lawn that can be damaged?

    We use tractor, and manual methods.

    For manual, we keep a stack of plywood. Its 4' x 8' sheets cut into 4 foot long, 12" wide strips. They stack easy, and we lay them out end to end for wheelbarrow traffic over lawn to reduce the Pounds per Square Inch.

    In fact, those are good for shrub beds too. It is really bad for bed soil to be severely compressed by 100 trips with a wheelbarrow.
  8. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    The dump trucks are ten wheel trucks, and the dirt can be dumped right where it is to be spread. It is just a low place that needs to be leveled. Thanks for the input so far.

  9. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    How deep is the low area? You may need to throw in some fill first.

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