Transfer tanks in pickups for refueling?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CharlieBingo, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
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    Most of us use gas cans, but there are drawbacks:spilling, bouncing around, leaking etc. I see guys with tranfer tanks for diesel why not gas? It just seems like the cans are much more dangerous; with static electricity and bedliners.
     
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well i have a few reasons. 1- I dont want to spend 250 dollars or more on one. 2- I worry about some one stealing alot of gas. 3 I was scared if I got in a wreck and had a large amount of fuel of having a large fire or a large clean up bill if I had a spill. But I agree the small cans do have draw backs
     
  3. SLC1234

    SLC1234 LawnSite Member
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    Almost all of our mowers are diesel, so we have 100 gallon transfer tanks in a couple of the trucks and a 750 gallon tank at the shop. But with gas in the back I would be worried about that much fuel in the back of a truck plus I think that there is a law about how much gas you can carry on a truck. I know that it is more flammable than the diesel fuel. But the tanks are great time savers on the job and in the morning. Just my two cents.

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  4. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree about spills and flammability. But isn't a mounted, grounded 55 gal. steel tank safer than several 5 gal gas cans? Not to mention, the leaking gas caps spilling on equip?
     
  5. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    You can plumb a fuel pump into your existing tank. Sure, your gas guage will go down a lot in your truck, but if you have 38 gallons or so it may not be that bad.

    KB
     
  6. primecutmo

    primecutmo LawnSite Member
    from SWMO
    Posts: 85

    i had custom tanks made that fit within the frame rails of my gooseneck trailer over the bed of the truck. i have dual 27 gal tanks one gas and one diesel. it gravity feeds through a 10 ft long 1 in hose to a regular nozel. i have locks on the fill side and the nozel. i just pull my mowers up next to the trailer and fill em up. its just like at the gas station. and the best part is i never have to mess with a five gal gas can again.
     
  7. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Prime, that's pretty clever.
     
  8. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
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    guys check out the northern tool master catalog for spring 2004. there is a blitz 10.5 gallon gas can that is D.O.T approved for mounting on trailors. it's steel and has a gas nozzle like a gas station, might not be big enough for sum of you guys but it would work great for me, and it's only $99. i posted this in the gas can storage rack thread
     

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