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BAG SIZES MADE SIMPLE........

Cubic Feet vs. Liters.

All of the bedding companies we deal with stamp their bags in Cubic Feet, but I often get the question, "how many liters are your bags?" It can be confusing trying to decide whether the bags are bigger or smaller when the unit of measurement is not the same. So I did some research and came up with the following (all calculations are approximate):

2.75 cu.ft. = 77.87L
3 cu. ft. = 84.95L
3.25 cu. ft. = 92.03L
3.5 cu. ft. = 99.11

Our Top Bedding Shavings bags are all 3.25 Cu. Ft. Compressed, making them approximately 92.03L.

Our Quik T Pick Bedding bags are 3.5 Cu. Ft. Compressed making them approximately 99.11L.

I hope this helps solve the mystery!

BEDDING COMPARISON CHART - OUR REVIEW

 
 
 
 
 
Attributes/Type
 Regular Flake
 Fine Flake 
 Dust Screened
 Bedding Pellets
 Equilocks
(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
 Quik T Pick
 Size
3.25 cu ft Plastic
3.25 Cu Ft  Plastic
3.25 Cu Ft Plastic
 35 lb. Bags Plastic
  3.0 Cu Ft Plastic
  3.5 Cu Ft Plastic
  Price*
(Debit or Cash)
3.25 cu ft $5.25
   3.25 cu ft $5.25
$5.70 
$5.85 
N/A
$7.50 
 Absorbtion
C- 
 B+
  F
A-
  A+
 Appearance/
Composition
 Fluffy Flakes/
Softwood Flake
Wood Shavings
  Fine Flake/ 
Softwood Flake
Wood Shavings
  Big Flakes/
Softwood Flake Wood Shavings Screened to remove fine particles
Sawdust Appearance/
Starts as softwood pellets, expands to sawdust with water 
Fluffier than Pellets or QTP but not as fluffy as shavings/
50/50 Mix of chopped straw and chopped sawdust 
  Sawdust Appearance/
Softwood sawdust
 Absence Of Dust
  C 
Varies Load to Load but usually pretty good
D
Varies Load to Load but is generally more dusty than the regular flake
A+
99% Dust Free 
  A+ at the beginning
Dustiness increases with time
  B

  A
Excellent especially considering it is like a sawdust bedding
 Colour
  A+
Bright
  A+
Bright
  A+
Bright
A+
Bright 
  C
Slightly darker than other bedding 
Looks dirty when used with regular shavings
  A+
Bright
 Odor Control
  C
Doesn't help much 
 
C
Doesn't help much 

C
Doesn't help much 
C
Doesn't help much 
  B-
Has a lovely smell to begin - Can start to smell like "straw" stalls if all the urine is not removed on a daily basis.
A+
Smells great.
We noticed the change as soon as we walked in the barn the second day. 
Ease Of Use
C
Tougher to "pick" through.  
Average Waste 
B
Aborbs more wet.
Easier to pick through. Less waste 
D
Doesn't absorb much.  More waste. Bigger flakes makes it difficult to pick out poo balls without taking a lot of shavings too.
  B-
Mixed review:
Wetting pellets is a pain but the end product is very abosorbant
 and easy to pick. Less waste
  B
Easy to pick through.  Darker
colour can make it more difficult to discern clean from dirty. 
  A
Easy to pick through.  Bright colour makes it easy to tell dirty from clean.  Can be tough to pick out the little poo balls.  Highly absorbant.  Minimal waste.
Recommended Use/
Concerns
  •  Any Horse
  • Economical pricing
 
  • Most Horses
  • Economical pricing 
  • Better bsorbtion than regular shavings for "dirty"horses.
  • Can be a little dusty at times.

  • Great for horses with breathing problems
  • fluffy looking stall
  • Great absorbtion for "dirty horses"
  • Can be labour intensive - ie. wetting pellets
  • Great absorbtion for "dirty" horses.
  • be careful with horses with allergies - straw can sometimes aggrevate them.
  • We have discovered that if any moisture works its way into the bag, the product will grow mold, which is very unfavorable.  We no longer carry this product.

  • Any Horse
  • Great absorbtion for "dirty horses"
  • very low dust suitable for horses with breathing problems.
DK OVERALL SCORE
 *Prices subject to change without notice.
Regular Shavings:

Fine Flake Shavings:

B+ 
Dust Screened: 

 E
A+ for horses with breathing problems
  Bedding
Pellets:

B
  Equilocks:

C
Quik T Pick: 

A

Do you want a fluffy stall, with good absorbency, and low dust?

 Our recommendation : Mix Dust Screened with the Quik T Pick.  Works like a charm :)  Happy Mucking Everyone!