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on site fuel

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Moose's Mowing, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I did a search but didn't seem to find anything. I stumbled on a 150 gal fuel tank local to me, with a crank pump for 200 bucks. The company I use to get propane for my heating system also delivers reg, unleaded. I didn't call them yet to get a current price, cause they're closed at the moment. But it's gonna bug me until I get an answer. For those of you who use a tank on site, is it for cost saving measures or more for convenience. I have no idea what the zoning regs say for my place, but I'm zoned agricultural/light residential so I doubt a small 150 gal tank would be an issue. I'm a solo operation so 150 gallons outta last me awhile for just equipment but I guess I could use it in the boat and truck too if it starts getting old.

    Also, do most supplies sell "off road" gasoline like they do for diesel? I'f I can save the road tax per gallon, and get a bulk fuel rate per gallon, I'd be stupid not get this set up.....Thoughts?
  2. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    You won't save anything on the fuel. Its a convenience issue. Just be sure it is save from theft. Locks won't stop the theft. Have the tank where it can be seen from the house. Spills might be a problem for you since you won't have secondary containment. You might want to think twice before you do this.
  3. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    yeah, well, I just called them. $3.749 per gal on 87....it's 3.47 at the station. can that idea
  4. mrlpg

    mrlpg Inactive
    from US
    Messages: 17

    Have you considered converting your mowers to propane? The cost is much lower than gas, cleaner burning and plenty of incentives out there for OEM's or conversions.
  5. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Messages: 65

  6. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,747

    You are talking DOT, not Federal Law.

    Home heating oil tanks are routinely 225 gallons. So long as you don't fill them up with fuel and drive around with them, there is no issue, and the OP's question was about "on site" fuel. Not about a pony tank in his truck.

    No, I have never heard of off-road gasoline. But you can still get the federal road taxes refunded at the end of the year. There is an IRS form for just that.
    You just need to keep receipts that show the date, where you bought the fuel, and the number of gallons (price isn't important).
    Just keep separate receipts for gasoline used for off-road purposes. Maybe get two gas cards. Use one for vehicles, and one for everything else?
  7. southerlawn

    southerlawn LawnSite Member
    from Hays NC
    Messages: 65

    this is correct my apologize I was think he was talking about have a carry on tank truck or trailer, but also yes DOT but it DOT is mandated by federal gov. personal experience from timber industry on site e.g. at your shop = saves time which does same $ but not much
  8. mrlpg

    mrlpg Inactive
    from US
    Messages: 17

    If you were to convert to propane, the fuel used would not exceed the allowable DOT limit and is stored in portable cylinders (like on a forklift) that can be easily switched out on a mower.
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Where you save the money is not stopping at the station every morning waiting in line and buying all the other crap in the store.
  10. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    It's 119. :hammerhead:

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