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Moving yard of mulch how long....

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JShe8918, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    How long does it take to move a yard of mulch with one guy on skid and one spreading. I have 15 yards of mulch to spread and need to get it done. Or would you just wheelbarrow it....
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Depends how far it needs to go. Also would the skid damage turf that would need repairs? Otherwise you could be out of there in 2 hours tops with the skid, or about 5 by hand.
  3. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    You could use the skid to load the wheelbarrows. We always figure 1 hr per guy to haul and spread by hand. It is usually less than this, but just a guide. With a skidloader probably a few hrs.
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,581

    w/ a skid loading and about 6 guys we normally can spread 100yds in 4.5-5 hours
  5. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    I have a small tractor/loader. With 1 guy spreading, and the pile between 150 and 250 feet from the beds. We did 12 yrds in 1 1/2 hrs.
  6. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I am thinking about renting a track skid. To do it. The pile will be directly in front of the beds. So Scoop then straight forward no swiveling and then straight back. But just a little worried about the compaction. Any one have problems the yard is not hard but also isn't wet.
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I would not rent for that small of a job. You should be done by 12. Usually we just use the dingo to load wheelbarrows.
  8. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Well it wouldn't be for just that... i have a lot of work that i could use it for here at home and it isn't but 197 plus tax for 8 hours.
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    How bad does that bite into your profit? If turn/pivot on the grass.. you can kiss it goodbye. Don't mini skids go for $100-$150?
  10. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    I charge my customers $45 hr and only ballpark the mulch at 2yds an hr.It seems to work out OK for me.I use a manure or grain shovel and dual wheel 8cu yd wheelbarrows.It seems to move along good that way.

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