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How much would 1450 sq feet of sod weight?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by SoloSulkySurfer, May 1, 2008.

  1. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Gonna do my first sod job and need to see if I can handle picking it up myself or if I should have it delivered. Best price I found was .22sq. ft. picked up from 10 miles away or .55sq. ft delivered from another place. How many pallets would that be? I have a 6.5 X 10ft single axel trailer.
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Not as many "BIGGER" contractors around here still using 2' x 4' sod anymore.

    Almost everyone now is going with the BIG rolls... spun out onto the lots with tractor-mounted rear spindles like the setup seen in the bottom photo:


    This saves ALOT of labor...and potential "problem" spots where the sod edges come together.

    Then, once it's laid out, it's just a matter of "trimming" off the excess sod, almost like tailoring a suit !
  3. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    Sod is heavy! That 1450 would be 3 pallets. Most pallets cover 500Sq. ft. Don't know how much it would weigh but I would estimate a pallet would be between 800lb and 1000lb. It's a good load for a Silverado. I'd only put one on that trailer, especially if it only has that single tongue construction. Even then I'd be a little skeptical.
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    1 pallet usually covers between 500-550 sq feet if its Bermuda. I think you would be hard pressed to get more than 2 pallets on your trailer if they were not dry.
  5. mjlcare

    mjlcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    i put only one at a time on my 5X10 but i have a 6X14 now that i can get 2 no problem no sag but with the 10ft single ant no way you going to get more than 1
  6. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    A pallet of sod is closer to 1500-2000 lbs.
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Most 6x12 trailers have 3500 pound axles, but the trailer frame probably cannot handle the concentrated weight from 2 pallets. I know I used my 6x12 to carry a Toro Dingo with Harley Rake and it bent the trailer frame so I have to use the trailer the rental company provides to move the Dingo, same size trailer and axle, but a much beefier frame. Be careful overloading as the last thing you would want is a trailer that will carry the load until you hit a bump in the road and something breaks.
  8. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    as already stated, most sod companies stack 500 sq ft of sod on a pallet.

    I would say that a pallet would way around 1500-2000 LBs. A few years ago I loaded two pallets into a Ford F 250 and the springs were laying pretty flat. That truck was rated to handle a payload of around 2500lbs.

    Also, we will put two pallets on an F 450 (15,000lb gvw) and tow up to 3 pallets on a dual axle 18' flatbed with a rated capacity just below 10,000 lbs. That is a pretty good load for that truck and trailer.

    So I would limit your trailer to one pallet. With the way fuel is, calculate out your labor and round trip, it may be worth the .55 per sq to just have it delivered.
  9. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Thanks. Definetly helps.
  10. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I would agree to say most 45-50 yard pallets are around 2000# if not more.

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