The number of shovels needed to move a cubic yard of dirt depends on the volume of each shovel and how densely the dirt is packed. If, for example, a shovel holds 0.0069 cubic yards of dirt, then you would need 145 shovels to move one cubic yard. The actual number would depend on the specific shovel size and the dirt’s density.

It is not a standard unit for measurement, it is just calculated on average and depends on how shovel is big in size and how heaped up.

It all depends on size of shovel, how is big or small and how “heaped up” the shovel is each time. It would also depend on weight of dirt or top soil.

Dirt or soil is made up of varying amounts of minerals, decaying organic matter, nutrients and living organisms. How much 1 cubic yard of dirt weighs depends on the amounts of the components it’s made up of.

Weight of dirt depends on, dry, moist, loose and compact condition, one cubic yard of dry sandy dirt weighs about 2,000 pounds, while 1 cubic yard of dry clay soil weighs in around 1,700 pounds. If you want an exact weight, the supplier can tell you when you purchase the soil.

But roughly measurement with shovel make estimate, shovel are required in brick work, concrete work, removing a lot of sand and cement, top soil or dirt so here is my estimate.

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**How many shovels in a yard of dirt**

A cubic yard of dirt is 3 feet long by 3 feet wide and 3 feet height of heap, such that 1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet, generally 5 to 6 shovels full need to heaped up 1 cubic feet of dirt. So my estimate is, there are 135 to 162 shovels full needs to heaped up one yard of dirt or top soil. But your mileage will vary depending on the shovel size and how “heaped” each shovel is.

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A cubic yard of dirt is 3 feet long by 3 feet wide and 3 feet height of heap, such that 1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet, generally 5 to 6 shovels full need to heaped up 1 cubic feet of dirt. So my estimate is, there are 135 to 162 shovels full needs to heaped up one cubic yard of dirt or top soil. But your mileage will vary depending on the shovel size and how “heaped” each shovel is.