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how much is back fill per truck in fort myers beach florida

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You can find a lot of previous similar questions with answers in the Lawn & Garden > Landscaping Materials link, under Browse Projects, at lower left. Also a lot of info on classes of material and maximum particle size generally suitable for various uses.

Be sure to pay attention to whether the response is talking about topsoil/planting media, structural fill, or common fill - there can be as much as commonly about a 2:1 to even 4:1 difference in cost between the cheapest (common or unclassified fill) and most expensive (usually topsoil/mulch materials) - even more if you include free or trucking cost only waste material from a vendor's other operations, where he is looking for a place to get rid of excavated materials from another job.

For a "typical" dumptruck with around 12-15CY capacity as are very commonly seen on the roads, a "full load" can run from as little as zero to $100 (if they have common excavation needing a disposal place), generally more in the $200-500 range including trucking charge and the cost of the material itself for "new" material. For a general fill material (not protective/riprap stone or growing media) most commonly, in your area, I would expect $200-300 range for a sandy fill or limestone/coquina/coral rock quarry waste material.

When talking to vendors be sure to clarify how many yards/tons are being talked about per load - a "truckload" can run from about 1/2CY in a pickup to as much as about 25-30 CY in a tractor-trailer end dump "MaxHaul" trailer. Even a "normal" end-dump "dump truck" can run from maybe 5-6CYs on a F350-F450 frame to 15CY or so on a 10-14 wheel Freightliner or Mack over-the-road tractor frame, for example.

And be sure which measure is being used and which you are charged for - topsoil and mulch and sometimes common fill are commonly sold by the cubic yard, stone/sand/rock by the ton though large riprap sometimes by the yard too. But vendors may quote by yard or ton for any material, especially when talking a "truckload" - which depending on moisture and native weight of the material, may also not mean a full truckload, due to weight restrictions. For instance, really dry sand or not-wet topsoil they many be able to carry a full volume capacity load, but for riprap or other large stone maybe only a half volume load to stay within street or bridge weight restrictions. But your per-tripo delivery charge is usually the same regardless - so if load restriction limit the load a larger truck may be able to handle your needs in one load whereas a smaller truck may require several trips, so be sure to get a firm quote for delivered cost of a fixed quantity (yards or tons) of product.

Also - consider your dumping area and accessibility - any significant slope on grass is generally a no-no because of low traction, ditto to sandy or wet ground. And a large dumptruck can leave 3-6 inch deep ridges and ruts in a lawn if driven on it, so that may limit the truck size too if you are trying to get it delivered somewhere other than on your drive. And of course a sidedumper generally cannot dump neatly on a drive.

And of course, if you are aware of any bridges with load restriction signs on them which they will need to cross (or avoid) to get to your place, talk to them about that too - they may have to carry a smaller load, use a smaller truck (I have seen local bridges with such low load restrictions that a tractor-trailer rig might only a able to carry a very small portion of a "full" load or even none, or take another route if available.

Depending on what material type(s) you decide you need, your Search the List categories would be Mulch and Topsoil for organic growth media, or Stone and Gravel for rock material (including sand). If looking for delivery AND placement, then Landscaping would be your normal Search the List category for fine placement (including fine grading or dressing or seeding), for rough placement / levelling like with a Bobcat then Excavation would be the normal Search the List category for a firm which can deliver the material and roughly spread it out to a rough back-dragged smoothness.

Be sure, if getting common fill, to determine whether salty material is acceptable - you might want to avoid dune/shoreside seawater contact quarry material if trying to grow lawn or garden in or over this fill, for instance.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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