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Quick response (for anxious):

One cubic meter (1 m3) of sand areapproximately between

140 and 150 buckets mason

Reasoning (for the most curious):

Sometimes there is a need to «measure» a certain amount of sand, concrete stone, earth, etc. Without resorting to complicated measurements, formulas or units, we can calculate the volume of materials using as a measure common mason bucket It is usually 30 cm in diameter at the top, 20 cm high and about 15 cm at its base. As shown in Figure 1.

figure 1

Anyway you don’t even have to take these measurements into account. We offer them just to describe a masonry bucketAverage. Just have to measure the capacity of the cup, or from any other container, in liters. For this, it is enough to fill it with water to the height you want to know, measuring the amount that is poured. In practice, all you need is a container (box, pot, etc.) that has the safety of a liter. Add water to that container. And counting, of course, how many times we load it to reach the height at which masonry buckets to measure or transport sand to a construction site. Figure 2.

Figure 2

In her
bucket described above, the normal loading height is usually reached with 7 loads of 1 liter. So the masonry bucket usually contains seven liters of water.

How to calculate the volume

We just need to remember that 1 m3 of any material, water, sand, air or anything else, is equal to 1000 liters of volume. Even the capacity of car trunks is measured in this way.


1 cubic meter (m3) = 1000 liters

We can say this if we divide 1000 liters to the capacity of 1 bucket we go the sum of boulder representing 1 cubic meter:

To round off and / or to better remember the number, we can say that 1 cubic meter of sand, or of stone, is equal to 145 buckets mason.

Important clarification

sandIn particular, it changes its volume according to the amount of moisture it contains. An arena something
«Sparks» and takes up more space. An arena very dry «Works more» and flattens, giving less volume. This is something to consider when dealing with sand suppliers, as the subject often leads to quarrels and fights over the amounts of sand paid and delivered.

In this case we could conclude that, in the case of sand with «normal» humidity, one cubic meter is equal to 140/150 masonry buckets. But that will always be a rough estimate.

Important Note:
this method is applicable to anyone bucket or another container you want to use measure the volume of a certain amount of material thing. Its capacity is simply measured in liters of water and the corresponding calculation is made.