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Question DetailsAsked on 4/6/2017

where can i have a truck load of 14 cubic yards of top soil delivered in compass pennyslvania

need 14 cubic yards of very good top soil delivered in compass pennsylvania

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You can have it delivered anywhere the truck can get to.

I presume you actually meant WHO you can contact to GET a truckload of topsoil - in which case Mulch and Topsoil is the Search the List category you want - or Landscaping if you want it laid out (more than just tailgating, where the truck creeps forward while the soil pours out in a thin sheet of material with the tailgate chained to a narrow slot, laying the material out) and raked and maybe seeded and such. Or delivered into flower beds or such rather than just dumped in one big pile.

Note 14CY is more than most dumptrucks can carry in one load (especially if seasonal load restrictions are on in your area when you want it delivered or if your locale has load restrictions due to poor roads or bridge issues, so you may have to find a vendor who either has a large tractor-trailer dump rig (which typically can carry 15-30CY) or who has a pup (smaller tow-behind trailer) which commonly carries 6-10CY in addition to the normal 10-13CY for a regular dumptruck. When you call if the vendor does not have such a rig and will not waive the second hauling fee for the second trip (some will if not too far a haul), ask if he knows of one with a pup or tractor-dumptrailer so you don't have to pay for a second trip - or be prepared to possibly accept slightly less depending on vendor. [Usually, you will be charged so much per CY (or occasionally per ton) of the topsoil plus usually $75-150 trip charge for the truck and driver.]

If seasonal (spring breakup) restrictions are on, commonly far cheaper to wait till they are off because the load limit may cut the payload in half or even more.

When comparing quotes be sure if they are talking CY or ton - can make a big difference, especially if the topsoil is wet. - Will weigh about 1600-1800#/CY usually, but can range from about 1100# if highly organic or peaty or very dry to something over 3000# if rocky or clayey or very wet, so don't mix apples and oranges in the quotes - some shysters will tell you topsoil runs around a ton per CY and charge you by the ton, but deliver very wet material (I have seen soil/gravel pits actually flooding the truck with a fire hose during loading to weight it up) so you get maybe half or even less as much material as you expected. Not common, but there are shysters out there.

Since you said "very good topsoil" I would recommend actually going to the topsoil pit or distributor you are considering and looking at it first - and you may well find, if a commercial topsoil pit, that they have 3 or more topsoils - a peaty or highly organic one, a pure topsoil (which in your area might be a bit pebbly or might be clayey), and a blended topsoil where sand is mixed ith it to make it more friable and better draining. Some areas even have a red topsoil, blended with red clay, for visual accent. Might also have both raw topsoil and shredded and screened topsoil products available.

Commonly, depending on availability of suitable soil and of construction stripping of decent material (their usual source of the raw material before shredding/screening), cost per CY runs in the $20-50/CY range - normally around the $30's to low 40's in most areas (has REALLY been going up nationwide lately - saw a professional cost estimating company's alert on this a few months ago) - looks like the providers have finally figured out they can charge what the market will bear - which also means some sources are turning out real garbage with lots of shredded up trees and other land-clearing debris, and lots of gravel in it, so best to look first before ordering.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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