Bagging Equipment

Written by Renee Eng
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Filling bags with sand is usually done under emergency circumstances. Most of the time it's to avert flood damage. Circumstances and materials on hand tend to vary tremendously in an emergency. Ideally, burlap bags will be filled with quality, dry sand for best results. Often, though, you'll be using a variety of bags and any soil that comes to hand.

More likely, you're also dealing with wet equipment, wet bags and wet sand or soil. To boot, you'll be wet yourself and the whole process will be very difficult. If you're lucky enough to having industrial bagging equipment on hand, then the task will be a lot easier. However, this is extremely unlikely, and even if it were the case, you'd still be left with the problem of transporting the filled sandbags to where they're needed, which can be heavy work indeed under flood conditions.

Sandbagging Solutions

A better solution for most cases is a smaller implement that is specially designed for filling sandbags. The most usable implements are designed to be used by one person instead of two, and to fill the bag with one easy movement instead of three to four shovels-full as is most common with the manual method. This type of equipment makes extremely light work of filling sandbags on site for immediate use.

For best results, leave the sandbags for your wall untied, and fill them at least one-third, but no more than two-thirds full. Only fill the bag more than this and tie it if you want to weight something down or stop up a hole. This method has been tried and tested for centuries and if you follow these directions, you'll get a sturdy wall that will withstand floods.


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