Fuel on site

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BLC1, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    Good idea or not?
     
  2. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you talking about built into the walls of your enclosed trailer? Or at your shop?

    You need a way to control it...I mean, you need a way to monitor it so that employees are not stealing it.

    What size tank are you talking about?
     
  3. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It costs more to have it on site rather than go to the station
     
  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    True...unless you're paying a guy's/several guy's hourly wage to fill up the mowers/gas cans.
     
  5. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I am looking at putting a tank at the shop. Probably around 300 gallons.
     
  6. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Okay. Well if you usually have guys filling the equipment up at the gas station that takes time=money. Time to fill up, go inside get coffee, drinks, etc. Unless you're on site with them these guys are probably taking their time.

    But...if you had a 300 gallon tank you need to have a way to prevent others from stealing it.
     
  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I have a pretty secure shop that locks up tight. I also have cameras all around the keep an eye on whats going on.
     
  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    We save between $.05-.15 cents for on road vs. the pump. It also saves us from tracking off road gallons of diesel. On a weekly average it saves us 6 MH's fueling at the shop vs. the pump.
     
  9. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I am doing it to save the hours at the pump. Both places I talked to will be a few cents over the pump but the timed saved will make up for it.
     
  10. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 619

    I personally just do transfer tanks on my truck. I stop by the crew sometime in the middle of the day and refuel all machines. I figure I need to stop by and surpise them from time to time just to keep them on their toes, and inspect the work. the equipment is already off the trailer at the sites, rather than pulling it off at the shop.

    One think I would metion you can do some pretty creative things these days with remote monitoring, and remote control, and you can do it fairly cheaply.

    I have my pump on my trucks tied into the GPS, so I know if the pump kicks on.

    I use a system for my shop door locks, which also has the capibility to remote turn on power outlets....thus if your 110 pump is hard wired into this outlet, i can control the outlet with my phone. SO they would have to call me, and I could turn on the pump remotley. it also could be set to be always on, but require a password, or could be set up to set a text message when the pump is turned on with a camera image of whom it is.

    Theres a ton of ways to be creative and have a fairly good control over the pump.
     

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