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Round Tanks Vs Cube Tanks 

What is the best shape for a fuel tank?

We’re often asked if the latest cube tanks can increase productivity and efficiency over old-fashioned round ones. Round or cylindrical tanks have been used to store fuel for many years, and are still utilized by construction and other industrial industries.

But at Western Global, we’re all about cubed tanks – and for good reason. Our cubed fuel tanks have kept projects up and running for over 60 years, each product having a range of features designed to make customer’s lives easier. In this blog, we explore the the differences between the two shapes and dive into why cube tanks can increase productivity on-site, promote cost savings, and make refueling hassle-free.

Cube tanks: the shape of today’s fuel storage

Customers often ask us about the operational benefits and cost savings of cube tanks vs round tanks. Essentially, cubed tanks are a far more efficient option for those looking to reduce downtime and costs. Modern-day storage is safer, more efficient and environmentally secure. It offers an unbeatable return on investment – to own as a contractor or hire to them if you’re in the rental business.

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Cube vs round tanks – the cost

Many companies opt for bulk fuel storage as it gives you more power over your project. With less reliance on fuel deliveries and the opportunity to order ahead, teams can work through all circumstances without worrying about running out of fuel and experiencing site downtime or shutdowns. All of this contributes to greater savings, no matter which shape of fuel tank you use.

Cube tanks: while cube tanks may not be the cheapest on the market, it is cost-effective in the long run. As we explore later in this guide, they’re easier to clean and maintain, meaning that employees can concentrate on more valuable tasks. They can be forklifted onto site and quickly connected to onsite equipment, rather than spending hours trying to efficiently install them. Increased fuel stock, decreased costs. while cube tanks may not be the cheapest on the market, it is cost-effective in the long run. As we explore later in this guide, they’re easier to clean and maintain, meaning that employees can concentrate on more valuable tasks. They can be forklifted onto site and quickly connected to onsite equipment, rather than spending hours trying to efficiently install them. Increased fuel stock, decreased costs.

Round tanks: whilst the face value of a round tank is often cheaper than cube tanks, they come with extra costs- charges for additional features can include forklift pockets, baffles, paintwork, containment pans, lockable pump boxes, and more. Installation and labor charges will also accrue costs.

Western Global’s cube tanks come fully packaged and ready to go. Minimal maintenance and labor charges are required, making refueling cost-effective and hassle-free. The built-in four-way forklift pockets are designed for easy manoeuvrability, with the corner brackets aiding stackability and drop off onto site. Browse our cubed fuel tanks here.

Space Saving – the benefits of stackable fuel containers

Construction work can take you to remote locations, some more logistically challenging than others. That’s why you need a fuel storage solution that doesn’t take up too much space.

Cube tanks: sturdy square units take up less space on-site or in a yard, but hold the same capacity. Our strong steel frames allow them to be stacked three-high empty, and two on top of each other when filled with fuel. And, due to the nature of their design, they are far more robust and secure compared to cylindrical tanks.

For example, if a truck backs up into a round tank, it’s more likely to take a hit and fall to the side, likely creating a fuel leak. A cubed tank is far more durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, keeping your fuel safely locked inside.

Round tank problem: Round tanks are generally not stackable, and when they are, it can cause a potential safety hazard.

Stack and save space on your site with our TransCube Global. Its cube-compact shape allows maximum volume in minimal space, making storing multiple tanks easier- this means fewer trips to refill or replace tanks, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.

Our fuel tanks are the most transportable, durable, and stackable fuel tanks in the world. We know this because we have tested it. We have really tested it. Watch Extreme Test Series 3: The Stack below:

Increase productivity and save time

Many companies depend on fuel deliveries for refueling, and onsite fuel storage reduces the time associated with this.

Cube tanks: a cube tank offers hassle-free refueling and increases overall productivity on site. You can move your fuel tank quickly around a job site without the hassle of emptying and cleaning fuel every time you relocate. We also deliver our tanks full of fuel, so you can quickly connect to equipment and get going in no time.

Round tanks: round tanks can be challenging to transport. They take up much room on a truck and are less likely to protect from fuel surges that can destabilize vehicles.

Transportation is another area where the TransCube excels. The TransCube Global is fully transportable when full of fuel, and built to withstand the rigors of fuel tank transportation. Our cube tank’s robust structure and steel frame provide extra protection during fuel transport. Discover more about the features and benefits of the industry-leading TransCube Global here.

Keeping up with maintenance costs

All tanks require routine care to ensure you maintain the quality of your fuel, all stock is accounted for and for any other preventive measures. Click to find out more about inspecting your fuel tank.

Cube tanks: cleaning and maintenance couldn’t be easier with a fuel cube.  Unlike round units, our cube tanks are 110% double-walled , meaning there is no need for a secondary containment pan.

The TransCube is environmentally secure, with its integral spill containment system and lockable equipment cabinet- this keeps spills or leaks contained, reducing the risk of environmental damage and protecting your business from costly fines.

Round tanks: round tanks require external secondary containment pans. Cleaning out a pan can be very expensive, along with the labor costs needed for maintenance and routine inspection.

Keeping thieves out

Recent price hikes have led to an increase in fuel theft, so keeping your stock as secure as possible should be a priority. Fuel cubes – especially from Western Global – provide complete protection.

Cube tanks: our cube tanks have enhanced security features, including a lockable equipment cabinet to prevent unauthorized access to dispensing equipment and fittings. We also offer fuel management systems to help keep track of usage, and only authorize access for key employees. For more guidance on reducing fuel theft read our guide.

Round tanks: round tanks are more vulnerable to damage and potential theft. They often rely on padlocks, which are easy to cut off, and pumps/ accessories are usually stored outside the tank, exposing them to weather damage and increasing the risk of theft.


Revolutionizing the storage tank industry

When it comes to storing and transporting fuel, a reliable and efficient tank is essential. The traditional round tanks have been the go-to solution for many years, but our TransCube revolutionized the industry with its innovative cube-shaped design.

The TransCube Global was the first-ever cube-shaped tank to hit the UK market, and it has been leading the way ever since. Its compact design, transportability and safety features make it a popular choice, offering several advantages over round tanks. While it may not be the cheapest tank on the market, its long-term durability and cost-effectiveness make it an excellent investment for any business.

We understand the importance of a reliable storage tank and are committed to providing our customers with the best solutions. If you’re interested in the TransCube fuel tank, please get in touch with us today.

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