Construction equipment owners and operators are feeling the pinch at the pump.
According to a new survey by Komatsu America Corp, more than three-quarters — 76.9 percent — of construction equipment owners surveyed said that fuel efficiency has become a greater priority at their firms during the past 12 months.
As a result, many respondents now employ a variety of fuel conservation methods including:
When it comes to contractors involved in some type of landscape work, processing the materials on-site has become a huge way to save money.
Portable topsoil screens can provide the best of both: A fuel efficient machine providing ways to do the job with less trucking (thus fuel!) costs!
By re-using the topsoil, gravel and other natural material found at the job-site, contractors eliminate the need for trucking materials out and trucking new materials in.
Higher fuel costs mean fuel expenses have become a larger portion of construction firms’ operating budgets in the past year. A ccording to the survey, 43.9 percent of the respondents said that from 30 to 50 percent of their operational budgets would be allocated to fuel costs this year, compared to just 13.6 percent of respondents who indicated that fuel costs were such a large portion of their operating budget in 2007. In addition, 12.1 percent of survey respondents said fuel expenses would be more than half of their operating budget this year, compared to 9.1 percent for 2007.