I know that wheelbarrows come in all sorts of sizes...but I was
wondering, for the standard size wheelbarrow one might get at Ace
Hardware or Home Depot, how much dirt one can carry...not so much that
it spills as its carried. I'm basically looking at a ball part figure.
I need to get 8-10 cubic yards of soil and was wondering how many trips
(approximate) I'll need to make to get it from the front yard to the
If you were hauling mulch I would think about the capacity. When you
are wheeling dirt, think about weight. 2-3 cu/ft is about all you want
to push (300-400 lbs). There are certainly laborors who push 5 cu/ft
or more around all day but if you did that for a living you wouldn't
be asking the question ;-)
It is better to make a lot more trips than to kill yourself on the
I live in southwest FL and you are not kidding. Those folks work like
robots, are twice as strong, cost less, and can perform at 100 degrees F and
That's why President Bush wants to get them green cards (Jeb Bush convinced
him that FL will have to shut down if we deport them).
Not a smart-assed response, BTW. The Mexicans here are hard workers and do
jobs that I, even in the prime of youth, could never have done.
I have gone to the local nursery area and hired them more than once. They
moved dump trucks full of dirt, pavers, gravel, and pallets of flagstone.
You had to make them take a break. They chose a sledge hammer over a jack
hammer to break up concrete. It's like any other group, the bad ones give
the good ones a bad name. These workers have my respect. I pay them good,
provide lunch and bottled water, and I so far have gotten my money's worth.
If they complain, at least I can't understand what they're saying. I've had
other races walk off the same work.
There is no such thing as "Standard Size". I own several wheelbarrows
and each holds a different amount. Why not measure the amount by
building a one foot square box and filling it. Then see how many fill
On Mar 17, 8:50 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Good idea to do the volume experiemnet
but use a 5 gallon bucket
1 cu ft = 7.5 gallons
5 gallon bucket = 5/7.5 cu ft
I think figuring 3 to 4 cu ft per load would be about right
I estimate about 8 or 9 loads per cu yd.
That makes sense and saves building a box.
I think you are about right on those amounts. If I recall correctly,
I purchased an extra large wheelbarrow last year and I think it said
5.5 Cu Ft. Most new ones are labelled, but the labels are paper and
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