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Old 06-13-2013, 05:39 PM
Mark Oomkes Mark Oomkes is online now
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Originally Posted by Somerville Sensation View Post
I'm estimating about $5,000 a year in truck fuel and $4,000 a year for the gas for all the equipment. For my small time business, i think this is about right.
Originally Posted by Toro 455 View Post

Annually it's about $1,500 for the truck, $1,400 for the mowers.
Must be nice, I can drop that much in one fill-up of my bulk tanks.

Over $70K last year. 6.7%

The way prices are this year, already at $42k. 5.6%

Really depressing.
“Every step we take towards making the State the Caretaker of our lives,

by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:01 AM
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14k a month is what we budget for.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:20 AM
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About 14% of gross is what I run for gas for my one truck (F350 dually - gas guzzler) and the gas for equipment. But as others have stated its pretty much a meaningless number for someone else. Most of our lawns are pretty consolidated to a handful of areas which helps cut down on the gas use. We cut about 130 a week, then we do leaf removal in winter, not as busy as lawns but still pretty steady.
2008 F-350 Super Duty Dually gas guzzler
2006 Ram 3500 Dually Cummins Diesel
14x7 landscaping trailer
12x6 P&T hydro dump trailer w/leaf box
We run Gravely ZTRs and Prostance, Honda 21"s, Redmax Backpacks and Trimmers, Stihl Trimmers, LittleWonder loader, Kawi trimmers at the end of their lives and a bunch of stuff you probably have too
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by mrlpg View Post
Ed is all over it. If you could cut your operating expenses up to 30%, why wouldn't you?
You have to do a cost versus benefit analysis.

I recently upgraded my 1995 F150 to a 2007 Chevy 1500. The old truck was getting about 9.5 MPG (city/highway towing a 4,000 pound trailer) and the new truck gets 13 MPG. That's a decrease of 27% in fuel costs. In 100,000 miles (the total distance I drove in the old truck) I spent about $36k in fuel at $3.50 per gallon. The new truck will spend about $25k at $3.50 a gallon. That's a savings of $11,000 over the "life" of the truck.

That is the Benefit portion.

Now for the Cost portion.

The new truck cost $12k. After the fuel savings are deducted the new truck will cost me $1,000.

This analysis could get a whole lot more in detail if I were to factor in expected repair costs of a truck with 150,000 miles on it versus a truck with only 60,000 miles on it. I could also factor in the actual cost of fuel over times versus using an average price. But since price inflation has become a normal part of our economy, it would actually work in favor of dollars saved with the new truck.

Attempting to recapture the costs of a propane upgrade to a mower or even a truck will be difficult. A through analysis should be done first.

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Old 07-14-2013, 03:08 PM
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an arm and a leg
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:44 AM
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To be more efficient I only stop for fuel when it needs filling up.
This is one fill up, I can do this twice a week during busy season.
This year, busy season hasn't stopped.

It occurred to me while taking this picture, assuming your bank doesn't do it for you that it would be easier in terms of record-keeping to just snap a picture of the pump instead of keeping receipts.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:51 AM
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This year, busy season hasn't stopped.
lucky bastard.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:37 PM
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500 a month in the truck (diesel is worth the price of gold!!)

20 a day in the mower (one mower)
that's 120 a week on a 6 day week
that's 500 a month in the mower

4 gallons of mix gas a month so that's about 20 a month, including the oil

$1020 a month
we mow for 9 months around here

$9200 per year

wow, it adds up don't it!!!
My set up:
-2007 Chevy 2500hd 8.1l 4x4
-7x18 enclosed trailer
-Grasshopper front mount 61", gravely 52"
-36" Gravely Walkbehind, 21" exmark push mower
-Stihl everything
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:09 PM
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so far this year, I'm on track to use about the same amount as last year 10,000. I know I have gotten more accounts closer to accounts i already have. so the truck is using a little less but the added mowing, trimming and blowing is picking up the slack especially with all the rain we have been getting in ct.
fully lic. and ins. 10yrs exp.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:22 PM
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I'm going through 456 gallons a month in busy season from just mowing so about 1600 a month so about 16k a year
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