Hauling gas for mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawn and stump, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. lawn and stump

    lawn and stump LawnSite Member
    Posts: 191

    I looking for an alternitive to the 2-3 5gal plastic
    gas jugs I have on each of my trucks. I'm thinking about the
    gas caddy in Northern's catolouge for $350. When we sharpen in the morning we could top off the mowers and then have just 1 can on the truck to get thru the day. I also thought
    about T-ing into the truck fuel line with an electric fuel pump but that might be too slow. Any thoughts?
  2. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    it probably wouldn't be realy safe to T the fuel line as the pressure is pretty high (if you have fuel injection), also in a high performance application those pumps pump about 190 gallons per hour so it wouldn't be too fast either.
  3. Joe W.

    Joe W. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    How about one of those on board tanks in the back of the truck that heavy equipment operators use with the hand crank pumps. A friend bought one used for $200.00. Have to make sure it's new or clean though as most are used for diesel.
  4. MJH9

    MJH9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Buy an Encore walk behind, they have removable tanks. Take one off put one on in about 30 seconds.
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I have same problem,DOT approved cans,(steel,are about 95 bucks a piece,then you have to carry current shipping papers-its a PITA,I use plastic cans now,but if you get caught its a 450 dollar fine-per can.I'm thinking about T-ing into the fuel line too.You know its illegal to even transport an empty fuel can in a commercial vehicle(commercial plates).But a minivan,car,or capped pickup with regular plates can carry any amount 5 gallon cans of fuel-and its legal.
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    I have an open trailer with four ft. high sides that has an enclosed (expanded metal)compartment at the front. On top of this cage,I built an open-top cage with six inch high expanded metal sides. In this area I have mounted a 25 gal steel, auxillary gas tank built for use on pickups. It sets about head high overall and I get plenty of flow with just gravity feed. I have an inline gas filter mounted between the tank and the 3/4" fuel hose. This works great and is supposed to be legal, (at least here in Texas). I have a 6 gal tank I am going to mount for mix gas when I get time.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I think putting a tee in your truck fuel line is asking for trouble. Think if some one helping you didn't quite shut it off all the way. You'd have a big puddle under your truck. Now lets add in that cigarette break and...you get the picture.
  8. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 777

    mowingman I had a simmilar idea with using an auxilary tank.
    I've thought about taking the aux tank on my truck and rig up a pump to it. Just pull up beside and filler up. I like your idea better though. I just hope people don't "mistake" you for a gas station when you are around back. :)

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