Price of Diesel

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SLSNursery, Jan 29, 2000.

  1. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm in New Haven, and the current situation or so called shortage has driven the pump price of diesel to around 2.00 per gallon. What is it costing around the country? I haven't had a chance to watch the news or read up on this, but hopefully it is a short term situation. (Fortunately I stocked up before the price went to outrageous!).<p><p><p>----------<br>Phil Grande - Soundview Landscape Supply - http://members.aol.com/slsnursery<br>Ivy League Landscaping - http://members.aol.com/scagrider
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I paid $1.54 in the Chicago suburbs for diesel the other day when I filled up my JD. If the price of fuel goes up any more, I'm going to have to go buy me an Axe Mark Lazer Diesel, or haven't they came out with a diesel yet? :)<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<p>
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Axe Mark?<p>Exmark is going to have a deisel out this summer. I understand they were consulting with Dickie Chopper and may be putting on 2 engines to keep up with the Choppers.<p>Does Dixie Chopper offer their 2 engine model with 1 deisel and 1 gas for those who can't decide?
     
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I'm waiting for them to put twin 150 HP Jets on one. That will be neat.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
     
  5. Bobby

    Bobby LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey Eric, have you ever seen the Chopper with the jet-turbine ? They had it at a trade show in Okeechobee Florida a few years ago. Talk about cool. By te way, hows the weather up there? It's 78 today in South Florida with a light breese off the ocean. Yesteryear L/S
     
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    Bobby, yes I have seen it. I took a picture of it while I was at the factory in November. The picture is on the equipment page on my website. They have 3 of them now. You asked about the weather, it is snowing very hard out, so will be plowing later tonight. $$ :) <br>BTW, Phil wants to know the prices of diesel fuel around the country. $1.54 west side of Chicago.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<p><br>
     
  7. It's not much of a problem for me Bobby.<br>I don't leave the house when the weather is<br>bad. I let my competiton plow all the<br>snow they can handle. This increases thier <br>costs and I can outbid them on the commercial<br>mowing jobs.<p>A smart northern contractor can make as much<br>money in 35 weeks than one who works 52 weeks<br>in the deep South.<p>As more and more contractors flee the rust belt for Florida it makes it makes less<br>competition up North.<p>Another fact is that when it is hot and dry<br>up north the grass grows very slowly and<br>I can enjoy much beach time. <p>In the south florida in the summer you have<br>to endure that sun, heat, and pea soup humidity for you need to mow that stuff you<br>call grass every five days.<p>The three month drought in the northeast last<br>summer put a real cramp on my cash flow for<br>I usually spend a few months sailing my boat<br>in Key largo.<p>A small motor home makes a great tow vehicle<br>for a commercial mowing crew. See a good<br>businessman can make EVERYTHING a tax write off.
     
  8. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Lazer, whose diesel engine is Exmark using?<br>
     
  9. Bobby

    Bobby LawnSite Senior Member
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    South Florida diesel 1.40 a gallon. Lawrence, your right about our summers. It's sickening hot for eight months. Bobby
     
  10. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Keith,<p>I don't remember the make or hp, but it was a liquid cooled unit they'll have later in 2000.<p>Lawrence you're too funny. Plowing is the most profitable of many businesses. Not because they don't make good money in the summer, but a properly set up snow business can make so much money that a $35.00 per man/hour lawn business is a nusience.
     

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