Gasoline Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ztrguy, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    I've been reading a lot on fueling up at the pumps. All of these people that are filling up their gas cans in the back of pickups and filling up their lawn mowers while they are still on the trailer are having problems with static electricity and igniting fires.

    How does everyone else go about filling up their equipment/fuel cans?

    Anyone store their gas cans inside an enclosed trailer all day long? It says the vapors can ignite also. So I was wondering what you're supposed to do with your gas cans?

    Everyone post how you go about this.

  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I fill my mowers while they are on the trailer. Gas cans get filled on the ground.
  3. longviewlawncare

    longviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    same as DLCS.
  4. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    The soloution's a simple one. Move to Florida like me and you won't have to worry about dry air anymore. Humidity this morning was around 95% and 90 degrees outside. I know it's gonna be a rough day when I get up and the sliding glass doors on our house are fogged up ON THE OUTSIDE. Oh well, it does make the grass grow.
  5. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    I fill my mower up on the trailer and take the cans and fill them on the ground as well.


    I would love to move to Florida, but I don't know how easy it is to find work down there. If was easy and wouldn't take but a couple years to get some money coming in I would do it in a second. How long have you been servicing FL?
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491


    I moved here from Pittsburgh in 1987. Started my business in 1989 and haven't looked back since. As an example of what you can do in this state: A friend of mine who lives in Orlando started his lawn care business just a couple of months ago and as of next month will have receivables of over 15,000.00 per month. That's not typical by any means but with hard work, a little luck and the right equipment and territory $3000 to $5000 per month are easily attainable.
  7. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    I fill the cans on the ground and the mower on the trailer. Just remember to keep the nozzle in contact with the mower. If you leave a gap all the way around the nozzle when you are filling, that is when you can get in trouble.
  8. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    NYRookie says it best. You need to keep the nozzle grounded; it has to touch the side of the filling neck. The problem with cans is people have plastic cans sitting on top of plastic bed liners. There is no ground created this way. I've been in the fire service 20 some years and I have seen numerous documents on fires resulting from filling cans, but not one from filling lawn mowers on a trailer. I'm not saying it's not possible, I just haven't seen any cases of it.
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143


  10. Zattpazz

    Zattpazz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I do the same as DLCS.

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