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I just gave another quote to a new customer for 130 for 5 yards of dirt. I have a few questions.

1. I was told one yard of dirt whieghs 800-1000 pounds is this correct it seems like a low number to me

2. Was this a low price I can get one yard for $10 or for free from the housing developers

3. Shoud I sub out the job. All the customer wants is for the dirt to be dropped off. The contractors will drop dirt off for 40 per dump truck load. My question with this is will I make me look bad to say Ill drop it off and then have someone else do the work
a yard of dirt is 2000-2500 pounds. More or less depending on moisture.

You have to look at it. Sometimes fill is ok other times you have to get topsoil. I just did a job and the fill was $8 a yard, screened top soil was $12 and the better dirt was $16 a yard. I used the medium top soil in this case it was just to fill in a pool.
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Your still undercharging. If you get a actual yard of dirt your trailer will be maxed out. You will have to take 5 trips. A yard will way down a 3/4 ton to the tires.
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That last load I did was only 2 thousand pounds for 2 and a half yards. Something does not seem right the numbers arnt matching.

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I'm getting a bigger trailer this week so it won't be many trips maybe 2 at max
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look at the bucket that loads it. The bucket on the right is 1 yard.



Theres no way your putting 2.5 yards of dirt in a 2000 GAWR trailer. Mulch would be pushing it but it could be done.

I think hes getting you with that scoop nonsense at 700-800 pounds a scoop.
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Thier bucket was smaller by alot
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Ask him what size bucket he is using. I think he is getting over on you.

We weighed a yard of topsoil at a place I used to work at. It came out to 2,230 dry. I know the consistantcy from place to place is different. But a yard will weigh in the neighborhood no matter where you are. And your trailer is probably a single axle by the size you gave us. No way your getting 2.5 yards on that trailer and making it to where your going.

A yard is 27 cubic feet. Build you a 27 cubic foot box and load the one scoop of dirt you buy into it. See how much it fills.

Your state should regulate people selling things by weight and quantity. To keep business from ripping people off. I know down here you have to register your scales for business use with the state if your using them to determine cost of a product.

If he is screwing you he is screwing everyone and I would report him. If he is selling by the scoop nothing you can do unless you ask him how big the scoop is and he lies.

There is a place down here that sales mulch at $22 a yard. They load with 4 yard buckets. You go buy 2 yards they give you more like 3.5 the loaders don't care. They make the same hourly no matter how much they load. But they make sure not to under load you because the state will get on that @$$
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45.....DOLLARS?

Are you kidding me?
Yeah I laid out 3.5 yards of "three way topsoil" @ 65.00 each I buy the sh!t for 27.96 / yd and that's as low as I'll go if I'm doing the hauling.
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Yeah I laid out 3.5 yards of "three way topsoil" @ 65.00 each I buy the sh!t for 27.96 / yd and that's as low as I'll go if I'm doing the hauling.
I agree. It's the cost of the..whatever it costs plus everything else. Then you have to take the time, and fuel, to go get it, then bring it all the way back. While you have a trailer with a full load, you have to drive much more carefully, and you are taking much more of a risk while carrying such a load.

I have no idea how you would make any money from delivering anything (even a bag of mulch from Home Depot) for $45.

Gregslanwandlandscape, this isn't the way to make money for your brand new 2014 Chevy 3500 dually that you want to get.
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What weighs more: a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?
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i have never heard of soil, mulch or any other product that can absorb or trap water being sold by weight.
it is sold by volume not weight.

anyone who sells soil by weight is ripping people off.

1 cubic yard of top soil averages about a ton in weight and if it was wet it could weight as much as a ton and a half.
All the yards here sell there topsoil by ton mulch and compost by yard
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