how much fuel do you use???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ajslands, Dec 28, 2009.


how much fuel do you use?

  1. 1 tank

    48 vote(s)
  2. 2 tanks

    19 vote(s)
  3. 4 tanks

    1 vote(s)
  4. 3 tanks

    2 vote(s)
  5. 5 tanks

    0 vote(s)
  6. 7 tanks

    0 vote(s)
  7. 6 tanks

    1 vote(s)
  8. i use more than 8 tanks of fuel

    1 vote(s)
  1. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,015

    i just filled my tank up yeterday and salte and plowed today, about 1" 1/2 it finished the day with a quater tank. but was wondering what normal usage of fuel would be, like how much fuel you guys use for a single storm,

    i have a f-250 turbo and get about 15 highway and 12 city, but i havent had a decent snowfall to calcuate my mpgs while plowing....

    so how much fuel do you use for one storm
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,147

    MPG doesn't really tell you anything for plowing.

    How about GPH?

    I use about 2 gallons an hour.
  3. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Or hours per tank.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,147

    Doesn't tell you much since tank size varies.;)
  5. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Well thats true. But I look at it as hours per tank doing residentials, in just my neighborhood and a couple surrounding ones.
  6. PowerWagon

    PowerWagon Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    with this OLD TRUCK. I would say TOO MCUH! :dizzy:
  7. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    13 hours of plowing, and a bunch of running around, and the truck idling while doing 3-4 hours of shoveling and blower work, 25 gallons.
  8. overtime

    overtime Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    I used 13 gallons about. Plowed 2 times witrh that and drove around a bit
  9. fatheadon1

    fatheadon1 Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    05 f250 diesel 24-30 hours on a 29 gal tank. i start it when i get called in and WILL not shut it off till im done, so some of that is idling
  10. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,043

    1 Ton Chevy gas about 2-2.5 gallons per hour
    Kubota Diesel about 3/4-1 gallon per hour
  11. blk90s13

    blk90s13 Addict
    Messages: 1,142

    10 hours of idle + 17 hours of plowing used 3/4 a tank gotta love the cummins

    should add I drive to and from the site 80 miles round trip with the plow on
  12. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    My bobcat s300 uses about 1.6gph our 09 6.4 ford uses about 3.5gph! We need to take that DPF off soon lol
  13. jzeller4

    jzeller4 Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 80

    i went through 10 gal just to salt a lot today, its about 76 mile round trip. this s*** sucks.
  14. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,846

    I havn't kept track in a while. I'd have to guess 2-2.5 gph for my truck.
  15. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    this is a really silly thread !!!

    my skidsteers use between 1.5-2 gph, my loader uses about 1gph

    all these depend on how long they are left idling, how cold it is, how hard they are working, etc
  16. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,217

    Average is about 3 gal per hour. Depends on how much salt I have in back. How cold it is. How heavy the snow is.

    I reset the trip odometer when I get to the lot to see how many miles it takes to finish the lot on a full plow. It comes out to about 40 miles each plow for the lot(I cut it to 37.5 last time) and 16 miles round trip to house and back and it uses a half tank each full plow and salt. 35 gal tank.
  17. tinffx

    tinffx Member
    Messages: 68

    Old gasser GMC uses about 2 GPH when the snow is deep and heavy. not much better when it is not. I guess I stay light on the throttle and run in 4low when its deep and heavy. Only really need some short stomps on the gas on occasion to stay efficient. I probably only get 8 MPG on the road around town loaded with salt and a plow.
  18. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    For the last storm (the big blizzard!ooooooo) I ran through about 72 gallons in 64 hours. Now that was plowing, traveling (not much), and towing the skidsteer (about 100 miles total). On average I'd say I use about 1 GPH in my truck, my old Ford though, she runs about 2 - 2.5 GPH while out pushing and salting.
  19. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    I never even pay attention to it. I fill it before the storm and i add more when it gets around half.. I just filled it from the gas light sunday and it took $138 to fill it up @ 2.85 a gallon.
  20. jomama45

    jomama45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,319

    You must not be WFO. :D

    I figure right about 2 GPH on the head at wide open, although I run at 1/2 throttle or so when in fuel conservation mode with the light on.