Gas cans - my solutions

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by RaulMcCai, May 1, 2013.

  1. RaulMcCai

    RaulMcCai LawnSite Member
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    I had to get a couple of gas cans but the new ones suck the bone. You cannot pour them without having a little ridge to press the nozzle against and they don't breath when being poured very well and they spill more gas than ever.

    So First I got a racing gas can. They come in neat cubic shape five gallon sizes and are unaffected by the new regulations and the lawsuits by stupid people who sued the can makers after throwing gas from a can on a fire and burning themselves.
    It's never the lawyers, it's the stupid people who call them who are itching to sue some one.

    Anyways The Racing cans don't come in small sizes that are so handy for littler machines.

    So I reached into my tool box and did two things:
    I drilled the nozzles out with a large drill bit destroying the lock out mechanism so that they just pour when I tilt them. But I still needed a vent.
    Then I grabbed a water line tap available in any hardware store.
    Like so:
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    Works Great~!! I had to use a hand drill with a little bit to make the hole as you can't squeeze the tap down like you would on a copper pipe. The seal is good and I can vent my can at will.

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  2. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks great! I still have a few of the older style 2.5 gallon cans so I am all set with those for a little while. But my main thing has been the newer AWFUL 5 gallon cans. I have actually been looking at the exact same 5 gallon cans you have. Do you think the spout is worth buying for just filling up mowers? They even sell a nice aluminum rack that I would use to keep them in my enclosed trailer
     
  3. wagil

    wagil LawnSite Member
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    Use a valve stem. drill a hole in the top of the can and then remove the valve. just remove the cap when you want to pour gas. about a $1 a can fix.
     
  4. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. RaulMcCai

    RaulMcCai LawnSite Member
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    I was unaware of the little vent replacements
    I'll have to get some.
     
  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep I bought a lot of 25 of the black vents. I get 4.5 gallon jugs at my work that were designed to get a vent but don't have them. I have about 10 of them right now which when all are filled last me a couple weeks. Cost?? About 15 bucks for 10 gas cans. I fill up the mowers at home which most of the time gets me threw the day but I'll carry another real 5 gal gas can on the truck just in case. The vents are cheaper and easier than the tire valves. But I did mess up when drilling my 5 gal can. So I just drilled it out more and put the tire valve in instead. Is any of this legal? No but it beats the hell out of 20$ gas cans that need to be modified or a on board fueling station for $2800. I usually fill up late at night when no one is around and never take the can out of the back of the truck.
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  7. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yea I was shocked to see the prices. I need to go to some auctions and pick some up for that kind of money. $45-50 for a plastic gas can. Crazy!!
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  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i use no spill gas cans.
     
  9. Liberty Lawnworks

    Liberty Lawnworks LawnSite Member
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    The Matrix M3 motocross plastic cans are decent, but pricey at $50 each. I have three that I use to store non-ethanol fuel, diesel, and standard E10. These new CARB cans should be the poster child of government meddling in something that has worked well for decades. Like others have said, I have spilled *far* more fuel using the new cans than I ever did with the old ones. The new ones cost four times as much too.
     
  10. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
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    Someone stole 3 good "old" cans out of my garage, I was shocked when i went into the store to get new ones. I went to 3 places before i gave up and bought the new style with all the safety crap on them.
     

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