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Old 05-18-2010, 12:50 PM   #1
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I'm about to replace my mulch with some kind of rock (looking at crushed brick, but I'll probably end up with river rock). My neighbor left his dump truck for me to borrow and now he's out of town and I don't have a clue what I can haul.

The truck is about a 1985 F250 with a dump box. From what I can figure, I need about 7 tons. Any ideas how many trips I'll be making?

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Old 05-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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I just did some Googleing:

"The F-150 was introduced in 1975 with a maximum payload of 2,275 lb when properly equipped"

"A properly equipped 2007 F-150 can now tow up to 11000 lb max and 1800-3050 lb max payload"

I couldn't find anything specific to the 1985 in my 5 minutes of searching so take your best guess. I guess it would also depend on the condition of the truck. You could check the manual or try to get a hold of your buddy.

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Old 05-18-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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Why not get it delivered? A lot of places will deliver for free with a minimum order.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:33 PM   #4
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Well, I found out they'd deliver for just $65 but the point of hauling it myself is I could work off the truck and not move 5 tons (now that I know what crushed brick weighs) of rock by hand.

But after getting a quote, it's pretty cost prohibitive so it looks like I'll be getting mulch for the front yard and going to the local garden center to get just a bit of river rock for the back.
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Good call , I've moved mostly by hand 10 yards of river rock from the front

ditch ( no heavy trucks on my driveway) to the backyard and you will definitely feel your oats shoveling rock.

River rock is pretty cheap here as the quarry is only a couple of miles away.

I've bought mulch both ways ( bulk and bags) and its pretty much even money.

Bags are less work/less messy though , load it on the Atv wagon or even drive my F150 through the yard if the ground is hard enough.

80 bags so far this year , wife sure likes her gardens

( less for me to mow ) .
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The garden center here in town has mulch in bulk for dirt cheap. I'm looking at $650 worth of crushed brick vs $50 tops for my mulch. What I got from them last year did end up sprouting a bunch of weeds, but I'm not growing anything in these beds and can just hit it with some Roundup.
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Just curious- why did you want rock instead of mulch in the first place?? I'm struggling with the same question.
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Basically just the maintenance. Rock once for mulch every year or two. I also have some ladders and things stored on the far side of my garage that I'd rather have sitting on rock than getting dirty in mulch, but I suppose I'll deal.
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his dump truck for me to borrow and now he's out of town and I don't have a clue what I can haul.
Look for the label
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_v..._weight_rating

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