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GAs prices and calling it quits

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by moneyman, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. moneyman

    moneyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    How many can stay in business if gas gets up to $3 a gallon?

    Would you sell your bigger truck and go with a compact pickup or just quit all together.

    I thin if gas were to stay at $3 a gallon i would continue to work part time only.I just like working outside.
  2. jordanHXC

    jordanHXC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    this season i bought a gmc sonoma. saves a ton of gas, and hauls the trailor....
  3. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    My cost last week for gas in mowers and trucks was 168.55. That's at 1.63.9 gal here in Ga.
  4. jordanHXC

    jordanHXC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    holy ass, here in iowa it is up to $1.74 and we get the tax cut for buying ethanol....
  5. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,111

    189.9 for 87 octane here, 179.9 for diesel
  6. Luscious Lawns

    Luscious Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I paid 1.52 for diesel yesterday, for the NPR. I also have an S-10 we use to pull a trailor that gets better milage but the load is limited. I do plan schedules and routes to minimise fuel usage. But like I tell the gas man when he hands me pennies change from my hundred dollar bill.. If you're not burning fuel-Then you're not making money.
  7. recliner5

    recliner5 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 105

    People will be cutting their own yards with gas prices with what they are. The good ole days I believe are gone. You have to pay for your equipment. These are not cheap. Thanks Terp
  8. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I know gas prices are cimbing, and so rates will have to go up as well, but what percentage of your cost of doing business is fuel?
    I don't see it putting me under!
    This might be a good time to really check your records, and figure out what to charge and why.
  9. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    Last year my gasoline for the mowers was only 5% of our total expenses.
  10. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    Hey welcome back Si:)

    I agree with AX Man... Gas really doesn't affect your price per lawn that much.. If you have a tight route you are maybe driving 100 miles a day.. 100 miles a day @ 12mpg= 8.3gal for the truck.. 8.3gal @ $1.85 per gal is only $15.36.. Add maybe $10.00 to that for mowers and trimmers.. And your looking about $30.00 a day.. If your charging enough, that should only be one lawn and there should never be an issue...

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