Mulch Capacity Yardage

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by pblc, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. pblc

    pblc LawnSite Member
    from South
    Messages: 232

    Hey guys:

    Odd title I know but I had to get yall's attention. We've got a 4320 Deere with a 400 cx loader and standard bucket. Does anyone have one of these tractors or now how many yards that bucket is? I'm thinking it's 0.5 by our measurements - but I'd like to get a second opinion. We could really be screwing ourselves, or the clients, on mulch pricing if i'm wrong. Thanks.

  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Take your normal bucket load and dump it in a pile. Get a 30 gallon trash can and see how many times you can fill it (ie, 3.25) and multiply that number by the 30 gallons of the trash can to give you total gallons. Divide by 7.5 and that will give you cubic feet. Divide that by 27 and that will give you cubic yards.
  3. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    Or you could get some wood and a drill and build a 3x3x3 box and see how much it takes to fill it up...I'm guessing it's 1 scoop=half a yard.
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    That would work, too, but I'd bet you'd be done filling trash cans before you ot all the tools out to make the box.
  5. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    call john deere, they will tell you.
  6. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I'm a little confused. You measured the bucket? Is the question math?
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    It's probaly like 1/3 of a yard or maybe 1/2
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  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    What is important is not what the actual bucket size is, but what is getting loaded into the truck. A heaping scoop of mulch is not the size same as the bucket. In five minutes anyone can grab a trash barrel, read how many gallons it is (most are 32), dump a scoop of mulch in and around it, dump it out a few feet away, continue to fill it, count how many times (ie, six and a third times), multiply by 32 gallons, divide by 7.5 (gallons per cubic foot), and divide by 27 (cubic feet in a cubic yard). Its pretty simple.
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    you can easily figure out the capacity by treating the bucket like a prism and using this formula...

    Volume= area of the side of the bucket X length.

    or you could fill it with water and count the number of gallons it takes to fill it and then convert....from gallons to yards...

    the other thing that causes a variance in mulch is compression. you run into the pile hard you end up compressing mulch and thus getting more into the bucket.

    her e is a site from JD that list several bucket types sizes and volumes for skid loaders... they also show heaped measurements...
  10. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 207

    I'm not sure what you have for a bucket, but mine has a lot of angles that makes the math hard! The literature for the loader says "a slightly rounded bucket full" equals approximately 1/3 of a yard"!!! When the customer cares, we sell mulch by the bucket full and tell them that it is approximately.....

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