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How do you buy fuel in bulk typically?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by firstchoice1, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. firstchoice1

    firstchoice1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    Would save a good amount of time. Was wondering how you guys would store it and if there is any difference in per gallon price when you do. Also how you buy, cause 250-500 gallons is not something you can typically buy at your local gas station. Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Travis
     
  2. zman2307

    zman2307 LawnSite Senior Member
    from OR
    Posts: 328

    You might save 3-4 cents per gallon if you buy in bulk. The savings will come from filling up less often and being able to fill up on-site as opposed to all the extra windshield time.
     
  3. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I have a fuel company here locally and they come and fill up my 500 gallon tank and the cost is about 25 cents cheaper than at the pump and its in the yard and the guys dont stop at the gas station were we all know what kind of things happen there.
     
  4. johnslandscaping

    johnslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Southern States fills ours. Most of the time you save a few cents like over last winter 1500 gallons at 1.60 a gal. and was still using when gas was at 2.20 sometimes you fill and price drops then you feel screwed. overall only thing saved is stopping at gas station, guys with fuel cards (unexplained charges), not enough fuel at shop I.E. jump in a truck and no fuel. That does not happen now.
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,149

    Like others said , the savings comes from not having 3 guys sitting in a truck waiting to fuel. Then once they are ready to leave one decides he needs coffe , another decides what a great time to go buy a pack of smokes. Next thing ya know getting fuel is a 1/2 hr stop.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Some places won't deliver below a certain amount, others it costs more unless it really is a whole lot,
    a tanker truck holds 8,700 gallons but at least several thousand, you'll basically need underground
    storage and this has to be EPA certified.
     
  7. most of the fuel companies will bring tanks out and set them for you, I know one construction company that the fuel company gave them a tanker truck to use on their construction project.
     
  8. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I have a 500 gallon tank in a fuel containment system and the company I deal with it will deliver any amount that I request since they come to the island with there truck full and usually leave empty. It works fantastic and the thing I did was to buy the guys a couple of coffee machines so they dont even have the temptation to stop at the gas station in the morning which is a huge and I mean huge time saver as we all know.
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,149

    Unbillable hrs is the biggest profit killer.
     
  10. TYCINC

    TYCINC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    We too have a 500 gal tank and a 150 gal diesel (off road). . The fill company we use is great. . All I have to fill at the store are the trucks. .

    Along with a coffee machine we have a large ice maker and water filter station thing for filtered drinking water. Any sodas or lunch must be brought in by the guys. .

    Having the gas tank has saved us so much time it really is a worthwhile investment if you have the need for it. It was kind of a pain having everything set up (signs, slab, paperwork) but thats all one time and done stuff. . .
     

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