ya gas prices would be a factor, we run on all propane @ 2.19/ gallon and burn 1.5 gallons per hour TM is running for machine and #4 LG.When you had your etm did you run a generator to power it up?
I am not defending etm over tm. I have mentioned it before on my other posts that if I were to live in the States I would get a big ass TM lol. The place I am in is not the best market for it trust me. The gas prices are higher then yours also to own a brand new TM as 370 is 35k plus van. There's no used TM in the market. There was one about 6 months ago for 5k, this guy bought it and it broke on the 3rd day. In this case I have to make my etm as close as to a TM and I believe I did by adding retractable power cords that saves me a big hassle. I think to be good at it you need to add positive things and take away the negative things, also experience running etms helps as well. Lots of guys can't run etms because they are not patient, lack of experience and not intending to take the negativity and add positivity for improvements.
I used a generator at times, mostly no generator.
We used 10 gauge extension cords, 2 reels each had 50ft.. little giant heater, 70gal waste tank with pump out. Booster when needed
Small to medium jobs no real problem, its the big houses 180+ft runs with a large work order where it starts to really suffer.. and those tickets are where the money is
nothing worse than being there so long the husband is coming home and dinner is being made, kids are walking in the door.. your still trying finish, starts to become a burden for the customer imo