On site fuel tank...anyone use?

MJH

LawnSite Member
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
I'm paying my guys to stop at the gas station too much. They they get snacks, etc... It doesn't take two guys to fill up gas.

I am considering getting a 550 gal. on site fuel tank that the local oil company will fill for me. This will allow me to fill up equipment and trucks on site. I plan to have a guy work a couple hours in the evening getting everything set for the next day.

Anyone else do this? Any advice from those who have done this or are doing fuel this way?

(I only have 4 or 5 trucks, 7-9 crew.)
 

Lefet

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Jackson, NJ
I don't do it but it sounds like a great plan. It certainly would cut down on the unnecessary breaks.
 

Landrus2

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Big apple
I'm paying my guys to stop at the gas station too much. They they get snacks, etc... It doesn't take two guys to fill up gas.

I am considering getting a 550 gal. on site fuel tank that the local oil company will fill for me. This will allow me to fill up equipment and trucks on site. I plan to have a guy work a couple hours in the evening getting everything set for the next day.

Anyone else do this? Any advice from those who have done this or are doing fuel this way?

(I only have 4 or 5 trucks, 7-9 crew.)

First you check with your town if they will give you a permit for a fuel tank in your area
I sure tried and to run it the way they wanted it would get pricy
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agrostis

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Winston-Salem NC
That's a good idea, but joesimoe2 is right. You have to all kind's of safety stuff for a new tank. A containment pad. A remote kill switch if you have AC. Ventilation, The cheapest gas boy pump is 400 dollar's. But it will save you money in the long run. It just take's a significant initial investment.
 

ddmcintosh1

LawnSite Member
Location
Milan MI
We have one and it's great! We have saved thousands in labor over the years. Our gas company didn't charge us for the tank but we had to sign a contract saying we would only buy our gas from them. We pay a little more than the average person at the gas station but the amount we save in labor is priceless. We did have to install a cement pad under the tank. We run it by battery (car) and then record all gas being used. Re: Fastlane's comment - you only need one guy to fill up all tanks (trucks, mowers, etc.), we have them gas up at the end of the night which also saves on the morning rush and inefficiencies. If you're tracking your guys time from job to job and while on the job, there is much less down time. Checking with your township/city is not a bad idea. Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness then it is for permission. Also depends on where it's located, if it can been easily seen.
 

93Chevy

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Pittsburgh
We have to diesel tanks...(highway and fuel oil)...but we're not allowed above-ground gas tanks in our County.

There is talk this year of hiring an employee to fuel up trucks, equipment, and gas cans at the end of every day (or as needed) which would cut down lots of labor cost.

However, if none of the above options are available...make your crews stop at the end of the day instead of in the morning. Depending on the time, petroleum by-product stations are generally less crowded in the afternoon and the guys just want to go home, instead of trying to waste time not working.
 
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MJH

LawnSite Member
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Thanks for the great responses! It confirms that it's is right for us at this time. Local oil company will provide a tank for free and install it. Our county and township allows tanks installed by them. They don't up charge on fuel, but I need to average at least 550 gallons per month which is not a problem. I signed up for the deal. I'll see how it works.
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WHIPPLE5.7

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Northwest
I'm doing it for a differant reason. I'm solo and only use about 300-400 gallons a season. If I buy it all now while its still low it should last the summer and I pay the lower rate. They are saying maybe $5 a gallon by May.
 

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