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Gas prices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cubedmack, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. cubedmack

    cubedmack LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    How bad are the gas prices affecting your business and what are you doing about it?:confused:
     
  2. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    i downgraded from ford to chevy because of gas. i'm spending the same on gas i did with ford but gas is a dollar more. I raised my hourly rate and lost some clients. last year i 1/2-3/4 throttled my mowers and saved some gas that way.
     
  3. cubedmack

    cubedmack LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    Ford to Chevy? What Ford did you have and what Chevy are driving now. I have a Chevy 2500 and it's killing me on gas. I want do down size to a smaller V8 or maybe a V6.
     
  4. Truitt Lawn Maintenance

    Truitt Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 482

    i have been adding a 1$ temporary fuel surcharge to every visit. it ends up being almost insugnificant to the customer but adds up considerably when you consider all my customers. seems to work well:)
     
  5. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    I bought a chevy 1/2 ton with tow package got the v6 with manual 3.73 gearing for daily puller. I still have the f450 for heavy loads. As a rule of thumb a ford 3/4 ton will drink way more than a Chevy 3/4 ton. From what I understand you don't get any more efficiency out of the 350 than you do with the larger chevy v8.i really wanted to stick with ford but could not find a deal on a diesel 3/4 ton.
    But i am content with the Chevy. here is a picture (link) http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=332989&highlight=carmel&page=2
     
  6. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    isn't that illegal?
     
  7. Truitt Lawn Maintenance

    Truitt Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 482

    how do u figure? my prices are set on approx $2.50/ gallon. its now high $3's. whats illegal?
     
  8. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    calm down, maybe its only in ohio. you can't "call" it a fuel surcharge.
    you would raise you rate not add a extra charge
     
  9. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,276

    We're at $3.99 and 9/10ths over here for regular. Might as well say $4.00 :D
     
  10. Truitt Lawn Maintenance

    Truitt Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 482

    iv never thought about even looking up the termanology but i guess it might be worth looking it up. although it all gets taxed at the end of the year regardless. oh well.
    bought a full tank on my ram 1500...$80.00 thought i was going to S$#t myself. bout $3.60 here
     

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