Joined: July 2004
||Posted: 09 May 2019,17:00
Mistajay is right in saying that you can't (and shouldn't!) attempt to compact more than 150mm depth of sub-base aggregate at a time, but I wonder whether your question is about what tonnage of aggregate you could reasonably be expected to spread, level and compact in a single day, relying solely on hand tools (so, no digger or dumper).
In my prime, we would be expected to manhandle 20 tonnes of DTp1 or similar per man per day. That's around 240 barrows, fully loaded, carted to position, dumped, spread, levelled and compacted. It could be hard graft on a wet day, admittedly, or on an awkward site, but if we got three good lads on a 20T drop, we would have it shifted in under 3 hrs.
For a DIYer, I would suggest not to expect much more than a quarter of that sort of productivity....so, maybe 5T per day, which is around 6 of those bulk bags (because, no matter what they say, there is NEVER a tonne in there! 850kg at best!) and you WILL ache the next day.
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