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Old 04-09-2011, 09:17 PM
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Gas prices

How bad are the gas prices affecting your business and what are you doing about it?
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:26 PM
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i downgraded from ford to chevy because of gas. i'm spending the same on gas i did with ford but gas is a dollar more. I raised my hourly rate and lost some clients. last year i 1/2-3/4 throttled my mowers and saved some gas that way.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:34 PM
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Ford to Chevy? What Ford did you have and what Chevy are driving now. I have a Chevy 2500 and it's killing me on gas. I want do down size to a smaller V8 or maybe a V6.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:03 PM
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i have been adding a 1$ temporary fuel surcharge to every visit. it ends up being almost insugnificant to the customer but adds up considerably when you consider all my customers. seems to work well
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:11 PM
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i have been adding a 1$ temporary fuel surcharge to every visit. it ends up being almost insugnificant to the customer but adds up considerably when you consider all my customers. seems to work well
isn't that illegal?
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:14 PM
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isn't that illegal?
how do u figure? my prices are set on approx $2.50/ gallon. its now high $3's. whats illegal?
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:22 PM
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how do u figure? my prices are set on approx $2.50/ gallon. its now high $3's. whats illegal?
calm down, maybe its only in ohio. you can't "call" it a fuel surcharge.
you would raise you rate not add a extra charge
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:04 PM
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I bought a chevy 1/2 ton with tow package got the v6 with manual 3.73 gearing for daily puller. I still have the f450 for heavy loads. As a rule of thumb a ford 3/4 ton will drink way more than a Chevy 3/4 ton. From what I understand you don't get any more efficiency out of the 350 than you do with the larger chevy v8.i really wanted to stick with ford but could not find a deal on a diesel 3/4 ton.
But i am content with the Chevy. here is a picture (link) http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.p...=carmel&page=2
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:46 PM
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In August 2004, I spent $50 to fill up my F350. The young girl working the register said, "wow! $50 to fill up a truck." She was stunned.

Sometime in late 2007, I spent over $50 to fill up my Mustang. Much smaller tank, but 93 octane.

In June 2008, I spent $50 to fill up my Ranger.

In April 2011, I spent over $50 to fill my mower.

I figure it will eventually cost $50 to fill my two-cycle mix can.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:17 PM
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4.00 for 89 octane and 4.49 diesel
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