% of gas per $ mowed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Drew Gemma, May 7, 2005.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    this is complicated and I am gonna get lots of different answers. But if your mowing gets you 1,000 a month how much of that should be gas. I think I need to tweak my prices casue of fuel but not sure I am making money but I want to have it down to the penny. Numbers number numbers that is all it is!
  2. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Basically if I add up the enough accounts to $1000, I would say that based on 2.17/gal (current Price), about maybe $35-38. Somewhere in there. Year just started for me so it will be hard to tell until I get through a few.
  3. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    37.692307 per 1000. It took me forever to figure out the math. lol
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Somewhere close to $22 for me. Mower fuel is such a small part. The real fuel cost is in the trucks to get the equipment there.
  5. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Fuel is about 4 percent of my total gross sales. Just not much of a factor over all expences each month. We did increase prices again this year to help out.
  6. CuttingCrew

    CuttingCrew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Gas 6.7% of my gross right now. Not much in the grand scheme of things but you must know your numbers if you plan on making any cash in the long run.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    For grass-cutting, TOTAL fuel for me averages 1 gallon per yard, including truck and mix.

    When I cut grass, I cut 8 - 10 yards/day. I plan my routes in advance and try to get 2-3 (or 4) close together, then 1-2 more, then lunch. After lunch, same thing: 2-3 close together, then 2 more: voila, 10 yards.

    The truck burns 2/3's gallon/yard at 13.86 mpg.
    The WB burns less than 1/4 gallon per yard (avg) and lasts all day on a full tank.
    The weedeater last 8-10 yards on one tank, sometimes needs a few extra ounces to finish the day.
    The backpack blower lasts 2-3 days on one tank.

    Max. fuel budget is $80/week.
    Peak is ~ $1000/week, so TOTAL fuel is about 8 percent.
    But this figure also includes mulch and other jobs...
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Between the mowers, trimmers and blower I use $27 for every $1,000 at $2.259 gallon.

    I burn about 12 bucks in truck fuel for each $1000.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Don't take this the wrong way, but for numbers crunching sake, I sure hope your making more than $1000 per month! payup
  10. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    yes definetly beyond a 1,000 a month but I wanted the ratio of gas cost per 1,000. Look at my equipment at 1,000 a month I couldn't even make payments. thanks

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