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Old 05-13-2010, 01:28 PM   #16
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Can a concrete truck get into my back yard?


I know around these parts for a full load, you get 1 hour to unload and after that hour it's $1.00 per minute or $60.00 per hour

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Old 05-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #17
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A skid steer may be cheaper in the long run.
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it will go quick with buggy. make sure you wet down drive and get tarp for under truck shoot. tarp can then be used over slab to help with curing. dont forget to seal concrete after it sets proper amount of time
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:04 PM   #19
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My neighbor had a unattached garage built some five years ago, or so. They did not want their drive busted either, and we did not have concrete pumpers in this area at that time. The concrete contractor rented two rather small tractors with large buckets on the front and weights, not a backhoe, on the back to carry the mud to the site. Those two guys evidently had done this before and did it very fast while a few more guys spread the mud out. There was some damage to the yard for sure, but that was fixed rather easily. That was a 24 x 36 pour with footers. David
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5 yds = 7 tons of concrete?
How much does that power buggy carry at one time?
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5 yds = 7 tons of concrete?
How much does that power buggy carry at one time?
I'm not sure. I'm gonna call tomorrow and find out everything I need to know about it. I have to get a trailer and I need to know how big of a trailer I need.
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The one I posted has a capacity of 500 lbs.
The ride on one at the same site has a capacity of 870 lbs.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:52 PM   #23
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My recommendation would be either:

- At least 2 wheel barrels with 2 strong helpers on them. This route should help you get the concrete placed closer to it's final home as opposed to a power buggy.

OR

- Rent a 16 cubic foot power buggy and have a helper run it for you without breaking a sweat. This route should save possible waiting charges from the ready-mix supplier, and shouldn't have much of an issue with traction or lawn destruction as long as you haven't gotten a ton of rain recently. But, I highly doubt you will be able to build a temporary ramp to get the power buggy & concrete into the pour. It's very heavy when full, as a 16 cf. model will haul about .4 yard or so per trip.

I would NOT recommend bringing the truck on the driveway if you don't know how it's "built", much less back it off on a soft edge. Not worth the risk IMO. The pump is way overkill IMO as well. 2 of my laborers would have that wheeled from the street to the pad in 15-20 minutes & never utter one complaint about it, BUT they're some tough SOB's!

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5 yds = 7 tons of concrete?
How much does that power buggy carry at one time?

Concrete in it's plastic form is far closer to 4500#'s per yard, about 4000#'s fully cured.



The 16 cubic foot buggies I listed above are meant ot haul about 1500#'s, bit they'll haul a tad more w/o spilling if it isn't too wet.
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One side of the form already has a built up earth ramp. I compacted it the other day when I did the gravel in the center. This ramp will be for the roll up door. I know it will be easy getting it in on that side, but it may be a tad challenging on the back. No big deal really.

For what it's worth, I'm really not that worried about tearing up the backyard. I can always fix that later, and besides, its not like there is any decent grass growing back there anyway. I will do the yard a favor by knocking down some weeds lol.
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I'd still keep the wheels of the buggy a few inches away from the forms at least, as the things are heavy & will bow the form very fast. I can't see you being able to drive "inside" the forms either with the thickened edge. Not really a big deal though, as the majority of the crete goes in the outside perimeter anyways.
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And keep remembering to watch where you let that truck drive. I wasn't joking when I said it will weigh well more than 20 tons loaded with only 5 yards.
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Yes they are heavy
They backed in to pour my footing
Freshly dug dirt - but had been backed over by the machine that did the digging & seemed solid
But the truck sank & left ~12" ruts at the end

So the foundation pour was a pumper truck
--unless I agreed to be responsible if the truck got stuck
In which case I would need to pay for a tow truck + time stuck

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The lowest cost option here may be between
renting one buggy and
renting so many that they are just shy of bumping into each other.

It depends on the buggy capacity, the time to load, travel the few yards and unload, the people you have available, etc.

It's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operations_research
but you can do it with a spreadsheet. It might be worthwhile for a project this large and complex. At least you can eliminate those options that are clearly undesirable.

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Don't let that concrete truck on your drive. Don't rent a pumper. Do rent one power buggy (my local rental place rents them for $45 for a half day which is plenty.) One guy can drive it back and forth while the other spreads the crete in the form. The buggy can shoot the concrete a little bit as it dumps, if you work your way around the perimeter you won't have too much manual spreading to do. It really won't be many trips with a power buggy.

If you had 3 people on the job it would be better because two could screed while one ran the buggy. The buggy doesn't require any strength to use, your wife might enjoy operating it if she's available to help, or maybe a local teenager that wants to earn a few bucks.

If all you have is you and one helper and it gets too slow then offer the truck driver a twenty to drive the buggy back and forth. He's just waiting there anyway and might prefer to line his wallet instead of his employers. I was doing a similar project and the truck driver just jumped right in to help me screed. He was the type that can't stand around watching people work (and maybe he had somewhere else to get to, LOL). I tipped him handsomely. But don't count on the truck driver's help, some are content to watch.

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