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how many straw bails in 6x12 trailer?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by AuburnGuy, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I have a 6x12 trailer with two foot sides. Do you guys know how many bails i can get on each layer, or do you know how big an average bail is? I have to do about 120 bails this weekend. Trying to see how many trips it will take.

    Also have you guys ever compared size of the bails at Lowes and Home Depot compared to Landscape supply places. My local supplier says theirs is bigger and more clean, and they are $.50 higher than lowes and HD. I figure they all probably get their straw from the same companies. If any of you guys know, let me know.
    thanks
     
  2. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    moderator - This may should have been in the landscaping forum. You can re-locate if you need to. Not that you need my permission any way.
     
  3. Meadowbrook

    Meadowbrook LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    If you have tie-downs you should be able to fit at least 12-14 bales on your trailer w/o tie-downs, with tie-downs, (if you're ballsy enough, I'm not) you could fit 24 on.

    As far as bale size goes, talk to a local farmer who does it for a living, you'll get the best price from them. I bought all I needed from a farmer and my bales were twice the size of the ones in stores, and half as much.....

    My bales were (off the top of my head) 2' X 2 1/2' X 3 1/2'

    Chris
     
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    you should get at least 50 to 60 no problem,maybe more .
     
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Im thinking 12 per layer and 4 layers should be easy so about 50 or so
     
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I dont think it is the amount of bales but the weight of all combined that would hinder the amount you can fit on a trailer. If I remember correctly there are 20 bales to a ton. Figure out what your trailer can hold that will be how much you can haul at a time.
     
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    is a bail really 100Lbs each?
     
  8. Meadowbrook

    Meadowbrook LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    I was only thinking of having the lil' 2' sides. Stand the first layer on end & lay the next layer(s) flat

    Chris
     
  9. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    No. Closer to 40.

    Two trips shoud do it, with three ratchet straps from side to side.
     
  10. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Sounds right to me unless they are soaking wet.

    We stack hay 5 runs high on the back of a 1 ton truck 15 bails per run 5x15=75. Bed was almost the same size as a 6x12 trailer. They should go in 2 loads. Be sure to tie down good and stack the bails so they interlock.
     

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