they make red for gas, yellow, for diesel, blue for kerosene, but why no mix color?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Right Touch, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Right Touch

    Right Touch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Everyone uses mix! Why dont the gas can manufacturers make a special color for mix so we dont have to label the cans ourselves or risk burning two cycle engines because our employees cant tell when the gas is blue its mix! Common freakin sense on both ends! Someone tell me how to get in touch with a manufacturer and i will make it happen!
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,854

    they dont have a color for mix gas becouse mixed gas is gas it belongs in a red can.

    Take a sharpie and write the word MIX on your mix can....
    Take a can of spray paint and paint a stripe down the center of the mix can...
    paint the handel black.....
    use a different style can or size for the mix......
  3. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    I see where you are coming from, Stillwater hit the nail on the head. I use a paint pen. Our two-cycle cans are no-spill, reg gas cans are reg cans.
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    we spray paint everything from our 5 gallon gas cans to out 15 gallon gas / 15 gallon mixed tanks on the flatbeds.

    stop your whining and get with the program.
  5. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    i did something that you might want to try at a time I was running a a t261 and a le 261 and they were both red and my standard 2 1.2 gallon was red so i left it alone, My grandfather bought that touch up paint can for ur z810a which if you guys dont know they are green lol and the g15 which is a pos. So i took the touch up paint and graffiited the straight mix green and ive never did the wrong one in my opinion the mid associates colors better.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I understand but how many more colors, if you think my blue can has kerosene in it think again :p
    Same for the red, some do have gas in them, but not all do, and I have a yellow one I NEVER use for diesel.

    Then I use a 2.5 gallon can for mix, everything else is not.

    Why, because who the hell woke up and made this rule anyhow, I'm buying the dang can and I'll put what I want in it LOL
  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,670

    That rule is to satisfy the bureaucrats such as DOT, OSHA, etc. People who do not work for a living and take great joy in intruding such that your work is hindered.
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,670

    One more thing, in a fire, gas, diesel or kerosene burns the same. The color thing is supposedly a fire safety issue. Personally, I never had a problem telling between 2-cycle gas and regular. Most fuel tanks on 2-cycle equipment are clear. Regular gas is kind of pale yellow. The 2-cycle oils I use are either green or red and mixed at 50:1. The other thing I do is use a white paint marker to write "mixed" gas on the can in several places. My gas cans are a different size as well. Regular is in a 5 gallon, 2-cycle goes in a 1 gallon. I rather have a fresh mix in the machines rather than an oil one from last week.

    SKYNYRD LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447

    i wrapped the handle of our mix can in black duct tape:cool2:
  10. Right Touch

    Right Touch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    seriously? stop my whining. its a valid question. we should be required to paint gas cans. they should make something different.

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