Who buys fuel in bulk???

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by srl28, Oct 27, 2009.

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Who buys bulk fuel?

  1. We buy bulk diesel/gas, please comment in thread below

    12 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. We do it the old fashioned way, gas cans at the gas station

    47 vote(s)
    71.2%
  3. Transfer tanks in the truck/trailer

    7 vote(s)
    10.6%
  1. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,576

    I am a small company.
     
  2. nbuzz

    nbuzz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 157

    I'll have to look into it. thanks!
     
  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    I have fleet cards for my vehicles. It lowers fuel from $0.95 down to around $0.82/L for 87 octane. Sunoco card lock for diesel and gas, and a card lock for Transit (Hogg fuels) as well, which lowers cost significantly. Card locks also only change fuel prices once a week, for both gas and diesel so you don't have to worry about shopping around at retail stations for the best price. Why pay full price if you don't have to!
     
  4. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
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    Posts: 261

    we used to have a 500 gallon diesel and 500 gallon gas tank at our shop. Based upon our use the truck would come in and fill the tank on a certain schedule.

    At the time it was Taylor Oil which now belongs to HOP Energy. They service the East Coast.

    We had Voyager fuel cards early on and now have the Wright Express cards.

    Fuel cards accurately track fueling usage.

    The onsite tanks pose a liability for your business and also pose a risk of theft from inside or outside your company.
     
  5. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 630

    Been looking into a storage tank for gasoline at my shop. I want to use a 275g oil tank, but I haven't been able to find a vent yet. Anyone know of any sources or websites?
     
  6. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    Where did you purchase your tanks from??? Knowing my luck they won't be CSA certified for use north of the border, but at least it'll give me an idea.


    For employees that fuel, it's best to use a two card system, one that stays with the vehicle, and one that the driver (only) uses. This reduces fuel theft. Without the vehicle card, they cannot obtain gasoline on the company's account. Not saying that it's entirely fool proof, as vehicle cards can be stolen, but if the employee, or crew leader is issued the card for his vehicle each morning, and returns it afterward, even if it goes into a lock box, then it's even better security. If the driver comes in the next morning and asks for a fuel card, and the receptionist/manager/whoever said it wasn't turned in the previous night, then you can start asking questions.
     
  7. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,576

    I use binder clips and each vehicles fuel card is on the visor. When the vehicle is fueled the pin has to be entered and the vehicles mileage. Then we have a gas card for gas powered equipment and a diesel card for diesel powered equipment.

    Works for me.
     
  8. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

  9. around here if your buying fuel from them they will bring out a tank for you.
     
  10. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    I know they do that with propane in my area. I'd rather purchase the tank and get a lower fuel cost.
     

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