5 Reasons to Ditch Old Round Fuel Tanks
If your old tank holds fuel and effectively dispenses it, buying a new tank may not be your top priority. However, upgrading your tank can be a smart investment that reduces operating costs, transport times, tank maintenance and third-party expenses. Here are five reasons to ditch your old round tanks for a modern fuel storage solution.
- Say Goodbye to Secondary Containment Pans
Upgrading to a tank with integrated 110-percent fluid containment will reduce cleaning and transportation costs. Many new tanks, particularly cube tanks, eliminate the need for a secondary pan by housing pump fittings and port connections inside the exterior wall. This saves time and money associated with emptying and cleaning the pan in order to prevent site contamination as rainwater and fuel accumulates. For contractors who need mobility, it’s easier to pick up and go with a cube tank as opposed to waiting to get the containment pan cleaned before each move.
- Transport Tanks While Full
Unlike round tanks that tend to be used only at a fixed location, some newer cube-shaped tanks incorporate internal baffles and DOT approvals that make the tanks safe to move even when full. Choosing a tank designed for full-tank transport that meets global transportation standards will reduce the cost and hassle of relocating tanks. Plus, tanks approved to move while full do not have to be emptied and cleaned prior to transport — steps that add time and cost. Dropping off a full tank also eliminates the need for a bulk fuel delivery upon arrival.
- Take the Hassle out of Handling Tanks
Most round tanks are designed around reducing manufacturing costs as opposed to being designed for ease of use and service, which drives down ownership costs. It often pays to invest in tanks designed to simplify life at the jobsite. When handling and moving tanks, for example, options are key. Cube tanks that can be safely lifted by either a crane or forklift are more versatile than round tanks built with just a crane hook.
To free up room at a site where space is tight, choose tanks that can be safely stacked — some cube tanks can stack up to three high while full. Tanks designed to move and stack while full can further improve efficiency, giving jobsites significant fueling capacity with a small footprint.
- Reduce Setup Time and Improve Security
Traditional round tanks mount ports, pumps and fittings on the exterior, where they’re exposed to weather, damage, and potential theft. Beyond that, those components are often added upon delivery, lengthening the setup time. Double-walled tanks with lockable, easy-access service cabinets allow for faster setup as they can ship ready-to-use with all components installed, reducing setup time from hours to as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Once on site, keeping components locked in a secure cabinet reduces the risk of fuel theft as well as exposure to the elements.
- Simplify Maintenance and Increase Service Life
Tanks with double-wall containment also simplify cleaning and maintenance. Tanks with an access manway as well as maintenance access between the outer and inner walls reduce the time required for inspections and service. For more comprehensive cleaning, some feature a removable inner tank to complete maintenance that would otherwise be challenging, if not impossible. With double-walled tanks, it’s also important to have a durable paint coating on the exterior of both the outer and inner tank to ensure the tanks will be protected even if the outer wall becomes damaged. Keeping tanks clean and well maintained greatly extend service life and also helps to ensure clean fuel.