One yard of stone of fairly uniform size and one yard of sand both have an
assumed weight of about 2500 pounds. This is what any of your local suppliers
would have told you on a quick phone call seeking info on price and weight.
Some of the concrete, sand and aggregate sellers have handy
little pocket guides that they can give to you when you stop by
to check on prices or to make a purchase. These guides make
it easy to calculate yards of materials and to estimate the weight
of the materials. Obviously, you aren't the first customer of theirs
who needs to do those calculations.
Of course, if you are like me and you keep misplacing the pocket
guide, then you still need to do it the hard way. For weight, I
generally just appoximate with 2500 pounds per yard for dry sand,
gravel, stone, etc. Dry topsoil is about 1500 pounds/yard and wet
sand is approximately double that at 3000 pounds/yard (although
wet sand seems to weight about ten times that amount when you
are shoveling it and hauling it in a wheelbarrel.) I also figure 4000
pounds per yard for wet concrete mix and for cured concrete.
Using these numbers as guidelines will give you a good ballpark
estimates for most common materials that you buy by the yard.
Buying a yard of mulch? I'd say it is lighter than dry topsoil, and
I'd ballpark it at 1000 pounds/yard.
And when figuring towing capacity (I'm probably stating the obvious) do not
forget to figure in trailer weight. For 2500 lbs of stone and renting a
trailer with that capacity, the trailer itself may weigh that much. So you
would need 5,000 lbs towing capacity.
That all depends on the size of your yard, and how deep the stone is
piled in your yard. However, I can give you a rough estimate. The
weight is somewhere in between the weight of ONE single stone, and the
ENTIRE weight of our planet Earth.
I hope this helps.
Depends on what type of stone. Limestone is lighter, granite heavier.
Crusher run with all the fines mixed with the stones is heavier than
screened stone which has the fines removed leaving air in between the
Hmm. Well... if memory serves, a galon of water is 8.35 pounds. A cubic foot
is 7.48 galons, or 62.5 pounds.
A cubic yard would be 27 cubic foot. And stone is heavier than wate. So, you
might be able to get a rough figure that way.
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