Gas Cans... are you kidding me?

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  1. ronmail65

    ronmail65 Supporting Member

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    A couple months ago I needed to buy a new gas can for the lawn mower. I was unable to find a simple gas can that is not over-engineered to prevent spills. When I asked the guy at Lowe's where the gas cans were, the first thing he said was "you're not going to like these" and "this is all you get these days".

    I've tried two of the most common types. Wrestling with those stupid spring-loaded vapor-sealing spouts and spill-proof mechanisms cause me to drip and spill more gasoline than I ever did from a simple dispenser with 1 screw cap and an air hole. These environmental mechanisms are self-defeating (at least they are in my hands).

    Maybe I can score an regular old gas can at a yard sale... Or is there still a place to buy a good old, easy to use, gas can? (am I becoming an angry old man?)
     
  2. Sigmund Floyd

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    I'm with ya, I've had a couple of those weird ones and couldn't figure them out, big spillage. There are some better ones around.
     
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  3. Aaron Mayo

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    They seem designed to make the user angry.
     
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    I remember a friend, many years ago, trying to use a plastic one gallon miilk jug. I can't remember if it remained intact. The same friend once poured gas into a styrofoam cup, intending to pour that into a lawnmower or weedwacker, with hilarious results. I can't remember the logic that required an intermediate step between gas can and appliance.
     
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    A classic example of a good intention with a bad result and an inability to reverse course.
     
  6. 55hz

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    Buy a large funnel. Unscrew crazy device. Done.
     
  7. Dave2512

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    I've seen simple 1 and 2 gallon cans at the Dollar Store. The new safety cans are the Exxon Valdez of gas cans within a minute it's on your hands, shirt, lawn and anywhere it shouldn't be.
     
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    VP 5 Gallon Square White Racing Utility Jug with Deluxe Filler Hose



    You're welcome.
     
  9. Tom CT

    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never had any trouble filling my lawnmower's tank with a modern spill/vapor-proof can. :hide
     
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  10. Chippertheripper

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    Duh, it says vp racing on it.
    It's just like how your fenders and Gibsons are more expensive than the generics.
     
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  11. aynirar27

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    Look for the metal ones with a spring loaded spout. expensive but painfree
     
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  12. Frankee

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    Spring-loaded jerry-cans are what we use on jobsites. OSHA approved and easy to use.
     
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    a $45 5 gallon gas can

    wonderful


    I agree with the OP - even 5 years ago, gas can design was way better, never mind the actual metal cans with steel caps of olden tymes
     
  14. Vic Ferrari

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    I've never spent money on a gas can and somehow I have 3 or 4 of them.
     
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    Chippertheripper Supporting Member

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    We have metal Jerry cans for fuel at work. They suck. They leak like sieves from the nozzle and where it threads in, and they are not aged or relic'D in any way.
    There are knockoff vp racing jugs for less, but this is tgp, so why even suggest it?
     
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    ever'day you say sumpin' that makes me realize..I can NEVER quit you.:)
     
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    This can help you out:

     
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  18. russ

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    I bought 2 used older ones at Goodwill, and a yard sale this year.
    Much easier, and cost less than the new ones.
     
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    I live nearby two gas stations that get landscaper/gardener business all day long, everyday. Each one of those guys I've seen has a modern can (typically close to 5 gallon) that's been modified.
     
  20. zekmoe

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    This thread is funny.
    $45 is nothing these days. An answer to the problem and the reply is "that's too much".
     
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