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Weight of salt sand per cubic yard??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by FisherVMan, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I am sure this has been asked a dozen times but what is the weight of salt sand like the state uses to do our roads ????? I have a contanier that is 53" X 37" by 20" tall and am wanting to use it level full of salt sand as ballast and am wondering the approximate weight is going to be??? :confused:
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Depends on the mix.

    Sand is ~3k/yard and salt is closer to 2k/yard.

    So if you have 90/10 sand/salt it would be approx 2900 lbs per yard.
  3. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    Several years ago I had a Roadway Terminal to plow and salt in the Poconos.They had a scale outside for the trucks to weigh before they could leave the yard.Several times after weighing my dump empty and then loaded with one yard of non-treated salt the average weight was 2300lbs -2400lbs.
  4. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Man....CDLs and Math.....What else are you hiding up those sleeves...:salute:

    Your in the Ball Park....you have to take into account moisture content of the Materal...:drinkup:
  5. turfmasters

    turfmasters Member
    Messages: 96

    Yes you are correct about moisture.It can really change the salt weight fast.
  6. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Whats is the weight of the bin??

    Wondering what the conversion is for that bin that is 53"X37"X20" what is it actually going to weight if we use 3000lbs to the yard ??????? Do you convert the inches to yards or yards to inches ???? Is there a Math major out there in cyberspace ????:rolleyes:
  7. ss502gmc

    ss502gmc Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    If you use a base weight of your material at 3000lbs your weight will be roughly 2500lbs. Your container is just shy of 22.69 cu ft.
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Really? You can't figure the volume of a box?
  9. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I'm certainly not a math major but this isn't rocket science.To keep it simple,express everything in feet--ie: your 20'' is 1.67'.Multiply your LxWxD,then divide by 27 as there is 27 cu.' per 1 cu. yd.[3'x3'x3'=1cu. yd.]Just remember--this is fine here for figuring ''loose'',but when you are estimating yardage for say a lawn job on topsoil,whatever figure you come up with,figure in 10-15% compaction loss due to the topsoil being fluffed up ''loose'' in the truck.
  10. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Well thanks so much for the help guys .............. I think about 1/2 full is plenty for the truck... thanks again