Opinions on selling landscape rock

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by grasswhacker, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Thanks guys
  2. XStream Aquatics

    XStream Aquatics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    I wouldn't have the time to come and gather my own rock even if you had the equipment. It's so much easier for me to buy it ready to go and have the supplier deliver it to me.
  3. Fiano Landscapes

    Fiano Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    We have done this in years past. We had no real luck in calling suppliers or selling it to other companies. We use this rock for lots of different things, so it was worth my time to have my employees to harvest stone for me one week in the fall. We typically have 50-100 used pallets from pavers and retaining wall block around our shop, so we made baskets and nailed them to pallets to make everything secure. We then sorted them into different sizes(when your constructing rock walls, water features, or veneering its nice). If your going to try to sell them its probably not a good idea especially if you don't have the proper equipment, but if you can use them like I have you will see huge returns on your investment. It also is a waiting game, you dont always use it as fast as you would like. We harvested 65 ton in one week with four guys, palletized, trucked to our shop and everything.

  4. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Looks good.
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,625

    i could be wrong but you might accidently fall into a can of worms if you start selling rock , we had a guy locally doing that and he got accused on mining, in which you'll fall under msha and have to pay some hefty fines.
  6. denver 2

    denver 2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Grasswhacker, can you send me some pictures of the type of stone you have scattered about (walls,creek,field etc.) and how accessable is it to load stone. I may be interested.

    Denver Martin Masonry

    Email: kbmartin@fuse.net
  7. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    I would also like to see some pictures of the stone you are thinking of selling.

    Is it Basalt or Granite?

    Oh yah so here is how you determine the weight of the rock, Basalt weighs 165lbs per cubic ft and granite weighs 175lbs per cubic ft.

    So a Basalt rock that is 2' x 3' x 2' = 12 cubic ft = 1980 lbs just under a ton
    Granite that is the same size weighs 2100 lbs just over a ton

    If you are measuring in inches L x W x H = devided by 1728 x Basalt or Granite

    Hope this helps for you for figuring out the weight of the rock.
  8. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
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