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Supply Yard question for the bins.

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by kandklandscape, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. kandklandscape

    kandklandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 341

    We are opening up a supply yard in a few weeks and wondering what we can use besides concrete barriers? We are thinking of using railroad ties. Building a wall between the bins approx 2 foot apart from each other, interlocking with each other and the back of each wall built. Putting topsoil inside each wall, there will be approx 2' growing space between each bin wall on the sides.

    Has anyone ever built railroad tie walls around there bins? How did they hold up?

    We do not want to use concrete barriers.

    MOREDIRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    If you haven't built your bins yet you better wait until next year you missed the boat.
  3. Dirtsellerpaul

    Dirtsellerpaul LawnSite Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 3

    Our bins use railway ties as the posts and 2" x 8" rough lumber for the sides. They hold up well enough, we replace a few boards each year due to damage though. The bad part is the backs of the bins. The aggregate is heavy, and with the added pressure of a loader going in and scooping out the product, it puts a lot of strain on the back of the bin. We use our backhoe every few years to straighten the posts, and we have run a cable from the front to the back for added support. The picture below is a little blurry, but you get the idea.

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  4. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Concrete lock blocks aren't expensive. If you plan to run a business, then set yourself up like a business.
  5. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    Why not use concrete barriers?

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