Dirt / Truck/ Weight

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Perfect Lawn, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. Perfect Lawn

    Perfect Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Quick question. To fill the back of a full size pickup truck with dirt is on average of how much weight would you say? :weightlifter:
  2. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    Quick answer:

    IF your pickup bed is 8' long, x 4' wide x 2' deep, then you have about 64 cubic ft....around 3 cubic yards. That would be about 4.5 tons roughly.
  3. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    so... 1 yrd topsoil = 1.5 tons ?
  4. Perfect Lawn

    Perfect Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    What is the average weight then ?
  5. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    8X4X2/27=2.37 CU. YARDS. ; Not sure of weight. If dry I would guess 3 tons?
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Depends on the sand and water content. Around 2000 Lbs in my area.
  7. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    yeah, I flipped numbers off the top of my head before...

    there's some difference if its all clay, sandy or whatever--wet or dry too.

    so the 2.3 yards of volume is close and I was thinking more of soaked clay....did a job last week--really heavy stuff.
    I believe the 1.5 tons/yd number is close for rock--like process gravel. Wet clay shouldn't be too far off from that and sandy soil should be right around what genegls said....~1 ton..your pickup should be at about 2.5-3 tons fully loaded. Get a dump and save your axles!
  8. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    It all depends upon the density of the material being loaded.
    In my area, screened top soil - not 'dirt' weighs approximately 1000 pounds per cubic yard.
    Sand is about one and a half times more dense so it weighs about 1500 lbs per cubic yard.
    For specific weights, simply find a yard that fills trucks like a gravel quarry. Drive across the scales empty, I would recommend with your fuel tank at least half full, and record the weight.
    Then when you drive across again with one cubic yard in the truck you will have your weight more or less accurate.
    Smaller material yards often do not have scales and depending upon how preventative the local cops are in your area about overloaded pick ups, you could easily find yourself overweight with a hefty ticket.
    In my area, it isn't the locals it is the Commercial Motor Vehicle branch of the State Troopers who are cracking down. I see it literally everyday.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Roughly speaking, one cubic yard of dirt = ~2,000 pounds or 1 ton (as a rough average, maybe a bit high to prevent damaging your vehicle).
    This 2,000 pounds figure is what I use because it is easy to remember, and you (almost) really can't go wrong.

    The carrying capacity of soil is approximately 1 cubic yard for a regular pickup and 1/2 cubic yard for a small pickup.
    Source: Yard Works

    A full size 3/4 or 1 ton pickup can hold 3 cubic yards, slightly rounded, but product weight must be considered. Most full size pickups can handle 3 yards of mulch, 2 yards of compost or 1 to 1.5 yards of soil product. If hauling rock product, a full size can handle between .5 and 1 cubic yard. Never load more than what is reasonable or what your vehicle is specified to carry. A smaller compact pickup will haul about 1/2 what a full size pickup will carry.

    Weights will vary from winter to summer because of the moisture content in the product. Typically, mulch products will weigh between 500 to 800 lbs. per cubic yard, 1000 to 1600 lbs. for compost, 1300 to 1600 lbs. for soil mixes and 2500 to 2700 lbs. for gravel products.
    One cubic yard is a three dimensional cube that measures 3 feet wide, 3 feet long and 3 feet tall.
    One "unit" equals 7.5 cubic yards.
    Source: Rexius

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