Percentage of Gross Spent on Fuel

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JContracting, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Agreed, we are dead on 5%. Consider that a benchmark.
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  2. cooperthumb

    cooperthumb LawnSite Member
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    7.5% annually
     
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Interesting thread, and shows me just how little I pay attention to this sort of thing. Since my numbers are pretty easy "round" numbers I see that I spent about 8% of gross for fuel in 2012. That's pretty good considering that I feel like my fuel costs are "eating me alive" all year because of my gas hog of a truck that gets about 4 to 5 mpg, roughly half of my fuel is used just to drive. My route is pretty tight though, so now I know... If I eventually find a more fuel efficient truck and change my big zero turn to a diesel like I did with my Walker I could probably get down to 5% as well.
     
  4. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    3% here. Lawn Fertilizing business. I do not mow.

    Vehicle is a Dodge 1 ton dually diesel and I have a 20 foot enclosed trailer on it most of the time.
     
  5. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
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    7% this year. 6.5% in 2011.
     
  6. underESTIMATED

    underESTIMATED LawnSite Member
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    9.9% 2012 ($1k was spent picking up a mower out of state - should be 8.5%)

    16% 2011

    26%?? 2010 :facepalm:
     
  7. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    10% for me. This is mowers truck and all. Go diesel. Don't even think about it. Mowers and truck diesel as well.
     
  8. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I plan to buy a diesel once I can either have enough profits this year to pay cash or qualify for a loan for another truck. Diesel mower....on the fence. For both trucks & mowers the up front cost is higher. But fuel efficiency & saving time by not having to fuel up (your crew at the gas station wasting time) every day probably offsets the initial price.
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  9. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I spent 2 times as much for equipment fuel than for the truck. I need EFI:rolleyes:
     
  10. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Figured I'd update this thread. As of right now: 10.35% of this year's gross so far on truck fuel and 1.4% for equipment fuel which includes mowers & 2 stroke fuel as well as diesel on skid loaders that were rented.
     

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