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Okay, so I know how much each piece of equipment will hold, by looking up the specs online. What I don't know is how much gas each piece is using per hour. I would like to know before starting the season, so I could include it in my overhead for gas. Is there a formula for doing this or am I just gonna have to run it to find out? I just want to be as accurate as possible. I don't want to say this # of dollars of gas and end up being way, then finding out I underbid myself by a ton.
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When you figure a gallon of gas is $4+ a gallon, most jobs I doubt will take a full gallon to service them. The best to do is save your gas receipts, you should be anyway, then after a week see what the usage is, divide that by the number of customers you have for the amount per customer. That would be the best way to average it out.
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There are too many variables to get an exact amount figure, but you will still have to run your equipment and get a good look at how much fuel is being used per minute, etc.

Complicated, I know.

Once you figure it out, try this out and let me know how it works for you;
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Somewhere I figured that it costs me $10 to mow a lawn.

$2 for mower gas
$3 for trimmer/blower gas
$3 put away for mower depreciation
$1 put away for trimmer depreciation
$1 put away for blower depreciation
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Is there a formula for doing this or am I just gonna have to run it to find out?
I think you are going to have to run it and keep track of your fuel usage. There really isn't any other reliable way to get it accurate for your usage.

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