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05-06-2011, 08:36 AM
 Location: Hernando, FL 749 posts, read 1,946,308 times Reputation: 516

by wheelbarrow? 1 person and 10 cubic yards, the dirt pile is about 50 feet away from it fill in area, I'm thinking about 6- 8 hours......sound about right?

05-06-2011, 08:49 AM
 Location: Pomona 1,955 posts, read 8,911,379 times Reputation: 1527
Depends on how much the wheel barrow can hold, how long it'd take to shovel into the wheel barrow, how long it would take to walk it the 50', and how sustainable your muscles are.

10 cu.yd. = 270 cu.ft.

Say the wheel barrow can hold 6 cu.ft., but it won't be a full load every time, so say 4.5 cu.ft. per trip.
- 270 / 4.5 = 60 trips.

- 60 * 5 = 300 minutes.
- 300 minutes / 60 minutes in an hour = 5 hours.

That's all in theory ... reality is that early loads would be easier than later ones. Any which way, 6-8 hours is workable if you can sustain that kind of pace ...

05-06-2011, 09:01 AM
 Status: "C'est la Vie. C'est la Guerre." (set 10 days ago) Location: The Triad (NC) 25,115 posts, read 54,258,144 times Reputation: 25983
with TWO people and TWO wheelbarrows...
it will take something less than half of the time that just one person would need
(even if they are really disciplined)

Plus the beer will taste better with someone to share it with.

05-06-2011, 09:05 AM
 Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot 8,309 posts, read 32,416,613 times Reputation: 7013
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 Originally Posted by 1coolcustomer by wheelbarrow? 1 person and 10 cubic yards, the dirt pile is about 50 feet away from it fill in area, I'm thinking about 6- 8 hours......sound about right?
I moved about six yards of dirt recently in about six hours, but I had a 2.5 year old helping me (which is actually to say "I had a little boy slowing me down").

I've kept myself in shape and stayed strong, but I'm not a 22 year old with resilient tendons anymore. That job munged up my shoulder for quite a while.

You can probably knock it out in a day if you are generally fit, strong and committed to finishing in one day, but it will be the only thing you do that day (regardless of how quickly you finish).

Be careful, don't overheat in the Florida sun, drink plenty of water, stop work if you are having joint pain.

Also: It will take more time if you're moving the dirt into a raised bed.

05-06-2011, 10:18 AM
 Location: WA 5,167 posts, read 20,082,398 times Reputation: 5335
I moved five yards recently but it was a long fifty yards down a couple sets of stairs to the destination. Took me two days but I will only do five hours a day.

05-06-2011, 10:27 AM
Last time I had that much dirt to move it took the better part of a week...but then I am a dilatant.

05-06-2011, 10:39 AM
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Here is what I tell my employee's.

As long as it takes to move it safely. there are too many unknowns to give you an accurate estimates of time. The is biggest unknown is your physical health and the tools with which are at your disposal. Is the dirt super dry, Is it some what moist? the water content of 10 cubic yards of dirt can vary the weight by a few thousand pounds. Also the amount of organic matter in the dirt.

I usually have my employees work in teams two moving that much dirt.

A two man crew can move it in about two-three hours trading off filling, wheeling and dumping.

Get an all metal wheel barrow if you can with a low center of gravity which will allow you to move more at dirt each time.

Have fun.

05-06-2011, 02:08 PM
 Location: Tampa Bay Area 494 posts, read 1,314,655 times Reputation: 217
2 yards in a day and I hurt! Takes a lot of hops into the pool.

05-07-2011, 11:51 AM
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Moving dirt by wheelbarrow is a lot of hard work. If you are body builder type and in your early 20's, go for it! If not, be careful of your back, and pace yourself in the hot sun. I personally don't like to put a time limit on work as hard as moving dirt, but rather, I prefer to listen to my body as to how I am feeling, how strong I feel that day, and if I am in the mood to really push myself. There are a lot of different factors to take into consideration, and I don't think it would be wise for anyone to say you can move that dirt in 6-8 hours without knowing your physical condition first.

05-09-2017, 01:28 PM
 Location: New England 922 posts, read 1,342,659 times Reputation: 673
I decided to reply to this thread, because I was nervous about moving 5 1/2 yards of soil and gravel all by myself with my wife. But thanks to this thread we realize it wasn't an insurmountable task, and we were able to do it in about four hours. This included using only one wheelbarrow and tamping the soil down about every foot and a half as we were filling a 5 1/2 foot deep mechanics pit in our garage.
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