QUICK REFERENCE TABLES AND TOOLS
Calculating appropriate volumes is critical to accuracy. Use this table to quickly find bank volumes, loose volumes and corresponding load factors.
COMMON MATERIALS LOOSE AND BANK TABLE
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SWELL AND VOID PERCENTAGES AND LOAD FACTORS
Since most contracts are paid in bank volume, load factors are useful for converting the loose volume moved into a bank volume measurement. Use this chart to accurately match load factor to the percentages of swell or void in the material.
BUCKET FILL FACTORS
To estimate the amount in each bucket load, multiply the rated bucket capacity by the fill factor. By multiplying various bucket sizes by the approximate fill factor for the material, you can determine the bucket size needed and match that to the best equipment choice.
HOW TO MEASURE LOOSE MATERIAL DENSITY
Material density determines bucket and ultimately, machine choice. It’s easy to determine the material density on your site with tools on hand and without costly equipment.