How Many Cubic Yards In A Ton?


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Mark Harley Profile
Mark Harley answered
A cubic yard is a measure of volume, and a ton is a measure of weight. Hence, asking the question of how many cubic yards there are in a ton is impossible to answer without referring to different substances. Hence, how many cubic yards in a ton depends entirely on what kind of substance you’re talking about, as some materials have an incredibly different density to others, like limestone and granite. Some rocks are more compact, whilst others may be more brittle and full of air pockets.

Lava rock has five tonnes (1,000 lbs) for every cubic yard, whilst lime rock only has 1.1 tonnes (2,200 lbs) per cubic rock. Marble has 1.325 tonnes per cubic yard, whilst marble has 1.35 tonnes per cubic yard.

To calculate this, you will first need the mass or the weight per volume percentage of a particular substance. Say for instance you’re using sand, three-quarters of sand will create fewer pockets of air than gravel would, assuming that these two substances are the same in composition.

The density, hence, is required to make the conversion. You don’t have to do this yourself as it’s going to be difficult. Unless you’re experienced in this part of mathematics and science, you’re going to find the calculations tricky and rather unnecessary. Hence, you can turn to the Internet for help. Simply find online conversion tables or calculators that are designed for this purpose, enter in the relevant information, and the equation will be performed for you. This way is the only way for you to know how many cubic yards are in a ton, given that the calculation is relative to a material.
Larry Patterson Profile
Larry Patterson answered
Depends on the weight per cubic foot of the dirt and that can vary greatly but an approx. Weight might be 120 lbs. Per cubic foot.
In that example, a cubic yard (120 times 27) would weigh about 3,240 lbs. On that basis one ton at this weight/cf would be about 0.6 cy. (a little over 1/2 cy).
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Actually they can't be converted directly.
Akshay Kalbag Profile
Akshay Kalbag answered
One ton is equivalent to 2, 000 pounds (which is abbreviated as 2,000lb). In other words, one ton is roughly equivalent to about 909 kilograms (which is abbreviated as 909kg). This is because one kilogram (which is abbreviated as 1kg) is equivalent to 2.2 pounds (which is abbreviated as 2.2lb). To convert pounds (which is abbreviated as lb) to kilograms (which is abbreviated as kg), you have to divide the weight in pounds (which is abbreviated as lb) by 2.2, therefore 2, 000 pounds (which is abbreviated as 2, 000lb) is divided by 2.2 to obtain approximately 909 kilograms (which is abbreviated as kg).

To convert pounds (which is abbreviated as lb) to cubic feet, you divide the weight in pounds (which is abbreviated as lb) by 100, therefore 2, 000 pounds (which is abbreviated as 2, 000lb) divided by 100 is equivalent to 20 cubic feet. To convert cubic feet to cubic yards, you divide the area in cubic feet by 27, therefore 20 cubic feet divided by 27 is equivalent to approximately 0.74 cubic yards. Therefore, one ton is equivalent to about three-fourth of a cubic yard.
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Anonymous commented
You're assuming this is rock or sand at 100 lbs/cubic feet. There would be a lot more cubic yards of feathers or popcorn!
Anonymous commented
Or is the question " How many tons are in a cubic yard?"
John Profile
John answered
If going by strict math.stating one item takes up so much space per ton then I can say 1 cubic yard (27 cubic feet)of gravel(south carolina red river stone 3/4" to be exact ) weighs one ton or 2000 lbs exactly. Or by the standard  of the local stone quarry uses it would be one bucket load of a standard front end the question is do you allow for real life circumstances such as added weight caused by rainfall the day before increasing or decreasing the allowance for the weight in the front end loader bucket.or should I say the strain guage the loader is using to tell the digital weight indicator in the cab of the end loader to tell the weight of the stone,top soil,mulch,gravel. So it depends on what materials you are calculating for one cubic yard to ton(part of a ton) of weight. One cubic yard of plastic pellets for recycled containers can weigh as little as one quarter of a ton(500 pounds). Just my guess. : ).or let's go with a cubic yard of feathers or packing peanuts weighing less than 20-25 lbs.making them 100th of a ton. Or let's go with a cubic yard of air weighing 2.2 pounds.also my guess. : ). Doh!.is this what you were looking for.(?)
dan cooper Profile
dan cooper answered
There is no exact calculation, one is a measure of volume and the other is a measure of weight. For example 1 cubic yard of crushed stone = 1-1/2 tons, however 1 cubic yard of soil, water, sand, cotton, or shredded steel will all have a different weight.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Most of you are speaking of 2 different things! WEIGHT or MASS and VOLUME. Volume is a measure of (Length)x(Width)x(Height).

As Nic7320 said "You're assuming this is rock or sand at 100 lbs/cubic feet. There would be a lot more cubic yards of feathers or popcorn!"

You first need the 'MASSorWEIGHT per Volume percentage' of a specific material. For instance - assuming sand is the same composition of gravel, 3/4 gravel will create far more pockets of empty space and a greater volume than the same weight of sand.

See 'Weight and Mass': is really needed to do the conversion is the 'Density' of a SPECIFIC MATERIAL to make the conversion. I believe 'crushed stone' is defined as aggregate less that 3/4" in size (130lbs/cubic foot), and 'coarse aggregates' greater than 3/4" in size (98lbs/cubic foot). 100lbs/cubic is likely the Construction Industry Estimating standard for gravel.

See: 'Construction Aggregate Calculator' of known Mass = Density (mass/volume) x Volume (LxWxH)
Mass of known Volume = Volume / Density

The original question can not be answered without specifying of the material and properties (Size, type, ect.)
Larry Patterson Profile
Larry Patterson answered
You have to know the weight per cubic foot of the dirt, and that weight varies with type of soil.  An average weight for dirt might be around 130 lbs per cf.  There are 27 cf in a cubic yard, so assuming 130 lb/cf times 27 is 3,510 pounds, divided by 2,000 is 1.76 tons in a cubic yard.  Weights can vary from less than 100 lbs/cf for topsoil to 145 lbs/cf or more for sandy soil.

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