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Old 12-20-2011, 07:59 AM
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Website is finished. Check it out y'all.

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:17 AM
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Thanks again for the compliments. OK, as far as the fuel tanks go this is what the managers are telling me. The tanks are not owned by us, they are owned by the fuel company. They do have inspections that are done by a third party. Obviously there is an emergency fuel shut off switch that was installed. It really is the way to go when you begin to run a large amount of vehicles. We are spending anywhere from $150-180k a year on fuel. (*this does not include the satellite fuel tanks we have on large projects.)

We also have a "green waste" service that works the same way. We have dumpsters on the yard for clippings, leaf debris and dead plant material. Once a week they are changed out for clean ones. Works out well for us.
So how much do you save having tanks at the shop vs going to the gas station? I know its a huge convenience but do you get some kind of volume discount? You said the tanks actually belong to the fuel co so I would imagine you're leasing the tanks? And the green waste you guys don't have a supply yard where you could start a compost pile? Im in SC not to far from ya and that stuff is like gold here!
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:43 AM
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The tanks are leased. We do get a discount on buying bulk fuel, not too awful much but it is cheaper...as you said though, it really saves us money by the convenience of it. If we sent 5 guys per truck to the gas station for 15-20 minutes we are losing a ton of money.

We have never been into composting our debris. It goes to a landfill where it will be composted and sold. In all honesty we just don't have the time for it. We buy all of our soil amendments from a supplier.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:06 AM
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Website looks good, I like that its clean looking and simplistic.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:38 PM
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Thanks we try to keep things simple around here.

Here are some pics of the crew cab Chevy w4500 cab over truck, one of the estimating vehicle and one of some of the guys.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:42 PM
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If anyone on here doesn't have a website or any kind of web presence, do yourself a favor and build one! It took us like a week to get it exactly how we wanted it (and we had no clue about how to do it), we redirected our old domain name to the new site on Friday afternoon and we are averaging 30-40 hits a day...cant beat that!
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:47 PM
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Website looks great.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:56 PM
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Subscribing. That is some great work and I love reading your posts and learning. I look forward to hearing more.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:34 PM
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WOW! What a great business!

So on equipment purchases (trucks, mowers, handhelds) do you buy new or used? Do you purchase whatever is cheapest at the time, or aare you somewhat brand loyal?
Also, how do you find all of your employees? And what does your training program consist of? Do you require uniforms? Sorry so many questions, I'm always hungry for knowledge. I love your system of checks for the managers, great idea!
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:42 PM
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Too many questions to answer with the iPhone my friend. Give me till I get to the office in the AM and I will answer them all!
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