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Gas prices

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by HometownLawn, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. HometownLawn

    HometownLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Do you think gas prices are going to be a major problem with the lawn care business? Im looking to get into the biz around the first of the year, but the way prices are going up I'm starting to think twice about getting into this.
  2. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,102

    I'm pretty sure everyone will have to buy gas. If it cost $10/gal figure it into your price just like everyone else.
  3. HometownLawn

    HometownLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Good point.

    I figure i can save a bit with the type of vehicle I use. I was originally thinking about just a decent chevrolet truck to start with. But im thinking maybe a jap truck thats easier on gas might help out a bit
  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I hope they cause a big problem so a bunch of people get out of the business. Because I know they will eventoully go back down.
  5. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Messages: 1,390

  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I dunno, I run all my equipment + truck on a budget of $80 / week and throughout summer have been filling up 35-45 and even last week, 70 did the trick.

    Part of what excites me is how to CONSERVE the stuff, now it is very important, every gallon saved not only improves my bottom line but ALSO the customer's pocket feels it less in the way of lower prices.

    Last but not least I agree with the guy saying I hope a LOT of people go OUT of the business thou I do not believe prices will come back down as today the gallon of fuel is still 25 cents or so BELOW where it should be, were it not for the Petroleum Embargo which kept prices around $1.20 / gallon from 1980 - 2000, prices would be right at 3 dollars/ gallon regular anyhow.

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