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Liters to Tons / Tons to Liters

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How to convert liters to tons

The ton is a unit of mass/weight and the liter is a unit of volume. To convert between the two, you need to know the density of the substance that you are trying to convert.

To find out the mass in tons, multiply your volume in liters by the density of the substance (in tons per liter). Mass = Density × Volume. It's important to ensure that the density figure has been converted to liters per ton first.

We have an article and calculator devoted to converting volume and weight.

Liters to tons for common substances

The figures below use 'substance density' figures from Engineering Toolbox and SI Metric and should be used as a rough guide only.

Substance (1 liter) Density Estimate US tons Metric tonnes
Crude Oil (32.6 C) (1L) 862 kg/m3 0.00095 tons 0.00086 metric tons
Oil (petroleum) (1L) 881 kg/m3 0.00097 tons 0.00088 metric tons
Water (1L) 1000 kg/m3 0.0011 tons 0.001 metric tons
Petrol (1L) 737 kg/m3 0.00081 tons 0.00074 metric tons
Topsoil (1L) 1600 kg/m3 0.0018 tons 0.0016 metric tons

Note that you can convert between cubic yards and tons here.

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