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Anyone use their own gas pumps?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sir mowsalot, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Ive been thinking about getting a huge gas tank installed at the house. That way in the mornings i can gas up everything without having to deal with everyone else at the pumps in the morning . Anyone else do this, and is their a discount on the gas for ordering a larger quantitiy? Also im sure their is a bunch of regualtions that i will need to go by. Its just something ive been kickin around lately.
  2. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 502

    Stay above ground, too much epa and expense for a tank in the dirt. I had a 500 gal gas tank and a 1000 gal diesel tank with tokheim pumps just like at the filling station. All above ground and it worked out just great.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Been doing it for yrs. You will love it. No discounts unless you count the times you buy when its cheap, if you live in the country no regs ask any farmer that has gravity tanks

  4. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 620

    I second the suggestion for an above ground tank. I used to deal with UST's, and the regulations and such would probably be more than you would want to deal with, not to mention the liability and cleanup issues if you would have a release. Remediation can be extremely costly. Best thing is to call your state's governing body concerning fuel tanks and storage to find out if it would be feasible to do. Sure would make it alot easier to fillup.
  5. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    Yes, have had for many years. Had to get new above ground tanks, and put them in cement tubs for spills , as I live on a lake. I save 2% buying bulk, but save alot of time, not running for fuel. Have a local kid refuel everything at night, so saves time for the crew's too. I have card readers for each truck, and can track expenses too.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I have an old 55 gallon square tank that is for inserting into a truck bed. It has been setting idle for probably 3 or 4 years. What would you guys recommend as far as how to check the inside for rust and how to go about cleaning it out? Also, what would you recommend as far as a pump goes? I was thinking of just having a hand pump and a heavy pipe connected to the end of the hose to keep it weighted down. I will only be filling a couple mower and gas can with it.

    Any advice is appreciated.
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Walker Talker A simple extendable mirror and a flashlight will let you look around in it. Do you have regs on how much fuel you can carry with out a Hazmat Lic?

    Back to the original question, get above ground tanks. Knew a guy that started his own reapir shop and had a gas pump out back in the ground and it leaked a long time before they caught it. Bankrupted him cleaning it up.
  8. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Above tank it is then. The last thing anyone needs is a leaky in ground tank. One other question, how about during the winter months when the gas isnt being used as much, do you need to throw in any treatment?
  9. nitrotim

    nitrotim LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 525

    I was told be a friend who works at a refinery that when they oxygenate the fuel with the MTBE's in the winter around here the shelf life is about a month.
    When I winterize any of my quipment and my street bike I use a STA-BIL.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    yea stay away from inground.
    my parents owned a small chain of convenience stores here on the island. after getting out of the business, two of the stores tanks had leaks. thank goodness they had already sold the stores years before. it cost the new company abouy $200K for cleanup.

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