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Our local sand and gravel supplier quotes gravel at 1.5 tons / cubic yard. A 10-wheel dump truck carries 20 tons --> 8 yards of gravel.
10 wheel dump trucks with a 50,000 GVW can carry 12 tons of gravel which equals about 8 yards @2800 lbs per yard.
Your pickup has a tare (unloaded weight) and a GVW (loaded weight) info on the side of the driver door. Look to see how much you can carry as trucks vary from manufacturer and 1/2 to n to 1 ton models.
Go to your local Craigslist in the skilled trades or
farm and garden section. You'll find guys who have
1 ton dump trucks that will deliver for $40 - $50
Tried that route w/ no luck. Even placed an add saying i need truck and guys sent me emails w/ stupid quotes the cheapest of which was $100 with one drop in my driveway.
For the record i am renting a HD or Lowes truck. I sold mine a couple years ago.
Anyway i called Home Depot this morning and found out i can haul 2500 in their truck before the load alarm comes off so it looks like i will just make 2 or 3 trips and be done. Good thing its about a 5 mile trip between HD, the pickup point for the stone, and the house.
Location: Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
Screw the home depot truck.
Go rent a POS U-haul. They don't have load alarms.
Ask me how I know.
Fill that ****** up with all you'll need in one trip, and right before you get to your house, roll up the back door, put it in reverse, and floor it.
Right before you get to where you want the gravel placed........stab the brakes. Truck'll unload itself, and if you do it right, maybe it'll pull the front tires off the ground, providing your neighbors with some entertainment.
At the quarry they sell everything by the ton. At the retail centers they sell it by the yard so people stand a chance on figuring out how much material they need. If you know how to figure both ways you already know how much material you need and can order or pick it up using either method of measurement.
I just hauled 4700lbs of crusher run in the back of our single cab dodge dually 3500 farm truck. It was a pretty good load, but could of handled more.
I would not go over a ton in a 1/2 ton pickup depending on how far you must travel, and type of road. If your close to home, you can cheat a little more in.