How much do 2x4s weigh?

How much does a 2x4 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×4 weights?  I often find myself at the lumber store loading up a cart full of lumber only to find on that I have maxed out the springs on my truck.

If your just looking to see how much a 2×4 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 9 – 17 lbs. 

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Quite the curve there.  Well you need to understand that wood is pretty much a big sponge soaking up moisture wherever it can.  A kiln dried 2x4x8 weighs in on the lighter end at around 9 lbs while the pressure treated 2×4 weighs in closer to the 17 lb range.

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I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×4’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

How much does a 2x4 cost?

The cost of a 2×4 varies as lumber is a commodity like gas.  The price is always changing.  I have compared the 2×4 prices listed at both Home Depot & Lowes. As I right this post the price of a 2×4 ranges from roughly $3 – $4.  

There are different grades of wood that you would use to determine what will work best for your project.  The cost of a Yellow Pine 2×4 comes in around $2.77 as apposed to a cleaner White wood 2×4 that cost around $3.71.  Also if your looking for a pressure treated 2×4 the cost is currently around $4.27

Now that you know what the price of a 2×4 is now come back in 10 years and we can compare the cost difference.  

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Cost to build an 8' wall out of 2x4's?

So you want a quick estimate for that home remodeling project that your getting ready to tackle?  Typically when framing a 2×4 wall when building a home, shed or remodeling your bathroom studs are placed 16″ on center. 

In an 8′ wall you will need need roughly 7 vertical 2×4’s (studs) and 2 plates (top & bottom.  So the estimated cost in 2×4’s for an 8′ framed wall costs about $35.

Lumber weights
Lumber Estimated Weight Chart

How many 2x4's can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

Lets assume you simply want to know how many 2×4’s will physically fit in your truck.  Assuming you have the average 8′ truck bed (20″ deep x 48″ wide) you would be able to fit roughly 182 2×4’s in the bed without overflowing over the top BUT make sure your sporting at least a 3/4 ton truck.

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

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1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 62 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 496 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 125 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 1000 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton os roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will not be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 180 2x4x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 187 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 1496 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we’re talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 250 Kiln Dried 2x4x8 (@ 8lbs each = 2000 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!