Gas cans???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PaulJ, Jan 29, 2003.


How do you carry extra fuel?

  1. Plastic gas cans.

    84 vote(s)
  2. steel "Safety Cans".

    10 vote(s)
  3. Fuel tank in the truck.

    2 vote(s)
  4. Mower tanks only.

    1 vote(s)
  5. Ma's extra cannin' jars.

    5 vote(s)
  1. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    What does everyone use to carry there extra gas. I have been using simple plastic cans. After reading some past threads on here I got ot thinking maybe I should go to the steal "safety cans"
    I just have always had a hard time pouring out of them without making a mess because most don't have a long spout. Also have you seen the price on these things:rolleyes: :eek:

    I do see some with attached funnels that might work well. I really don't need to carry much every day just a gallon of mix and a couple gallons of regular.

    I have also thought about a fuel tank in the truck or just keeping one at my shop or the mowers.
    My accountant informed me that in order to get the road tax refund from the state, I have to purchase the non-road fuel at least 40 gallons at a time.:mad:

    So do I just get a 50 gal barrel to keep at the shop, or a bunch of cheap 5gal plastic cans to get 40 gal at a tome and two safety cans to carry on the trailer. Or just keep going with the plastic cans everyday?

    I am just trying to get some opinions.

    Thanks for the help

    PS I will try to post a poll,
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I was at an auction a couple months ago and they had a 20 gallon gas tank, a hand crank siphon all monted on a couple of wheels. It sold for $40 and I regret not buying it. That would of been sweet to have to fill up my mower before heading out for the day and would of saved garage space. They might make one for 40 gallons, but not sure if you could move it, unless it had 4 wheels on it. If not, buy 2 of them.

    To be able to save this tax on the fuel, what do you do, just save the reciepts and report it at the end of the year for a write off or does that work?

  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Lawsuits are bad news and I don't want to risk have an employee getting hurt but not having the OHSA approved containers. Metal safety cans for me only.

  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Matt, that's what I have done ,I have all y fuel receipts and they are all separated in mower and truck fuel.

    The state person we talked to from the state dept of revenue said that wasn't good enough. I have to purchase the off road fuel at least 40 gal or more at a time:confused: :mad:

    I would rather not do it tis way. I don't want/need all that extra fuel sitting around. I only go through about 10-15 gallons a week. I am going to look into this rule some more and see if they really know what they are talking about.

    I have looked at the potable fuel tanks but they are a lot of money. I'm going into this season with Zero reserves:cry:
  5. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,088

    We only use plastic gas cans.

    Red-Regular gas

    That system seems to of worked well for us. We've also painted the gas caps of each machine the same color as the can of gas that goes with it to try & avoid some costly mistakes!!

    We've had the best luck with "Chilton" gas cans....we swear by them. Very heavy duty and don't run into many leaks whatsoever. We've had other cans in the past & no matter what you did they always seemed to leak when pouring.

  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Paul J, so you are saying that you DO pay tax at the time of the purchase and then "settle" it up at the end of the year?

  7. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    We have a superlawn truck, so there are two tanks on the side of for gas and other for mix. Work like a charm. Only downside is if you run out of gas down the hill from the truck..DOH. sure pays to check the gas level before working.
  8. Darb

    Darb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    The use of different colored fuel tanks is an outstanding idea especially coupled with the matching painted fuel caps.

    I have seen fuel tanks on wheels that hold quite a bit. They were also quite pricey.
  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    I use plastic cans. We all should use those D.O.T. cans, but they are very pricey.
  10. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    Buy them then you will not get in trouble. :p

    If you want a good gas can I would say get some blitz gas cans with a pump but, don't geta a petro pump I had one and it broke within less than a year.:mad: If you really want to get a tank; just go over to northern tool and get one of those 30 gal tanks with pump. good luck.:)

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