300 Gallon Fuel tank question

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ben fritz, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. ben fritz

    ben fritz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    I think I am going to buy a 300 gallon fuel tank to save money. I spend about $80 on payroll a week having my guys sit at the gas station filling everything up. Does anyone else buy bulk fuel and if so what are some pro and cons?
  2. skew

    skew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    You don't have to goto the gas station.

    You pay more for gas than at most stations.
    Its a big target for easy money for shady people to steal.
    You have to use it in 45 days or it goes bad

    Diesel different story you can buy off road with no taxes big savings
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    EPA storage rules, local/state/federal laws on storage of bulk fuel. Now open to hazmat inspections etc..
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  4. prezek

    prezek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    I only have 3 trucks, but I try my best to take an hour or so of my time to run each truck and trailer to fill up every other day. Feel like it not only saves money, but my days start off smooth without guys buying breakfast, smokes or whatever while they're filling up. They are working within minutes of showing up for work.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,851

    This is more of a hassle than convenience after the inspections the red tape, the expence of fire suppression system the licence for gasoline storage and dispencing. And the added liability insurence F-that....asumeing you planing on doing this all legal and not jamming a few 55 gallon drums in a corner with a hand crank......
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  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    Here the fuel companies will bring out a tank and set it for you, usually 500 gallon ones.
  7. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    I just use a transfer tank in my truck. It's rated for gas, Just go full it up once per week
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  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,677

    The city, county, state, and federal regulations for that capacity of storage are going to change your mind in a hurry.
    I mounted a gas tank, about 200 gal capacity, with a hand pump, on a small utility trailer and hauled in fuel from a nearby bulk supplier. Since it is on a trailer, you are considered portable, and almost no rules apply, except DOT rules. Check what capacity you can have and stay under DOT regulation, and you are home free. I think it is around 250 gal, before DOT pays any attention to you.
  9. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    I had a friend tell me the same thing he had 500 gal tanks on a trailer. Provided he kept it plated, fire inspector couldn't touch him. His trailer wasn't road worthy in any way, so he had the fuel delivered but it was a legal way around the system
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