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Fuel Consumption/HR

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by breadoflife, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    I am trying to get an idea of fuel pricing for this relatively large(well medium sized) lot. I am trying to figue out what kind of fuel consumption our 1977 Chevy runs plowing, as so i can add up the fuel expense and usage for this lot to figure out our per push profit. even if not an exact equasion, but im thinking about 7MPG? would that be fairly close, assume about 2" of "normal" snow?

    FYI, 7 MPG would equal about 8.6 GPH of 87 Octane Gasoline. Although it seems like a little much, but idk the fuel economy(mpg) of this truck in the first place. Its the Chevy in my siggy
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Depending on type of snow and travel time a lot. Used one for years sometimes I could get 18 hrs out of a tank.
  3. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    a lot of what, you werent the most clear...
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    For starters get MPG's out of your head.

    Figure about 3 gallons an hour.

    PS How the hell fast do you plan on plowing? 8.6 x 7 = 60 MPH :dizzy:
  5. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    well i know that i aint plowing at 60 but as this lot it a mid sized lot im going to try to get 10-15mph across the long sets.but either way, i figgur that on average, vehicles get their peak highway economy at around 60. but roughly three gallons per hour? thanks!
  6. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I don't know what to tell you about a 1977 but my 2002 uses between 2 and 4 GPH depending on how hard I am pushing
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    8.6 GPH? Boy I hope not as you'll need to refill every 1.8 hours. :eek:

    You have many variables here but for an example that may help you I ran a '79 with a small block for years and always kept very detailed records of fuel usage while plowing. Over an entire plowing season it averaged 3.1 GPH during a snow event. This includes all idle time as well as travel time between accounts.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    B&B is a GOD.:salute: If you are that concerned about your fuel bill you aren't charging enough. When it gets low fill it.
  9. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I agree you should get 3-4 gph if everything is running correctly. But if you are extremely worried you should bid higher
  10. welded wrenches

    welded wrenches Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    thats funny

    so hes gota 77 chevy ok every time he backs up the speedometer backs up also..are your newer computer rigs trucks add miles when u back up...now what.s the guesstimate
  11. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    It's still the same, the odometer has nothing to do with it. GPH is the accurite way to figure the fuel usage when plowing. I would agree with the rest, figure 3-4 GPH as long as the thing is running well.