I asked a few friends of mine, that own dump trucks, this question last fall. I'm trying to remember what they said. I thought they said around 17 yards. I could be wrong though. My friands all have qaud axles. I know my local suplier can haul 80 yards in the semi.
Yep--gotta agree with Sodzilla. Don't pay for more than 17yd of grade A hardwood in a tri-axle even if they say they can compact 20 in there. Don't pay for more than 80 in a semi. or the guy is overweight . The most common method of delivery to a job site around here is a modified tandem and he can haul about 25 yd.
I use two sources here in the Fort Worth Mid-Cities area...I got a call from one of the companies the other day - and I dropped the phone when Tracey told me the deal. 4, 5 , 6 ,7 or 8 yards of chipped (fine 1" chips - not large shredded) natural for $25.00 + tax and free delivery within 20 miles of their POB - this same mulch normally is $14.00 a yard (my cost). Thank God I have an acre I live on - my team and I just stocked 32 yards for $108.10 and don't you know I'm going to have fun with the resale.
Are you guys talking about a tri axle dump truck, like a coal truck? Around here we get 50-60 avg. yds( we did a job 2 yrs ago= 9k of beds, 1 truckload, mulched at 3-4", and still had 1 or 2 yds left over!) per tri axle delivered and dumped for around $ 450.00, and upwards of 90-100 yds on a 56-60' semi trailer delivered and dumped for around 700.00.This is double ground hardwood, not recycled pallets and such.We resale for 19.95 per yard or $ 70.00 per yd installed.<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/3/3_2_105.gif' border=0></a>
who ever said 17 yards on a tri-axle i'm not sure where your pulling that # from but a triaxle will defintly hold more than 17 yards. I've gotton 13 yards in a F550 grain body. I've never gotton mulch in a triaxle only in a tractor trailer which was 80 yards, but the guy I get topsoil from has a triaxle and gets 24 yards on it. Typically a single axle will hold about 10 ton, a tandem will get 17 ton, triaxle will get 23 ton and a tractor trailer will be around 33 ton, what that is in yards I'm not sure.