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mulch weight

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ALBsun1, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. ALBsun1

    ALBsun1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    How much does a yard of mulch weigh, generally speaking, dry? I have regular cab f150, 8 ft bed, and regularly put 2 yds in. Is that pushing the weight limit you think?
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    700-800 lbs...
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Right about 1000 pounds dry...I'd say you're real close.
  4. bigtex

    bigtex LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 151

    Hows The Truck Look? Are The Rear Fenders Below The Top Of The Tire? I Wouldn't Go Much More Than That. I Owned A 86 F150 Regcab 8ft Bed Back In 1998. It Really Was Built Tough. I'd Have 2 Yds. Mulch In The Bed Along With Pulling A 10ft Trailor With Equip On It, All Day And Every Day And I Can't Remember It Missing One Day Of Work.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    only that much when its wet. Most mulches are around 700lbs per ton unless saturated of course.
  6. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    ive always done 750lbs for estimating weight but of course the type of mulch effects total weight also, like cedar compared to hardwood.
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    no less than 650# and that would be for pine bark or something with little density and dry.

    No more than 1000 # and that would be for something shredded and compressed.

    UNLESS it is wet. a good thorough soaking could easily add 50%

    remember it isn't just how much can the truck hold weight wise. How much can it stop, brake wise and how badly is your handling effected.

    you can easily run 4000# in the bed of your truck driving on a private road going 5 mph.

    but 2000# on an interstate doing 80mph is a totally different thing.
  8. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    700 lbs per TON...LOL. I know, you meant YARD.
  9. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    yes I did. please forgive me. it must have been a long day

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