News

Propane Mowing, Perfect for Landscape Companies of All Sizes

By February 23, 2015 No Comments

Propane mowing

Whether you have two mowers or 20 mowers, propane can save you time, money, and emissions.  Here are three frequently asked questions about mowing with propane:

How difficult is it to convert a traditional mower to run on propane?

Converting a traditional commercial mower to run on propane is actually very easy. Conversions can be completed in less than ten minutes and do not require any specialized tools. However, propane conversion kits must meet EPA and CARB requirements and have full manufacturer warranty support. Visit poweredbypropane.org for more information about these requirements.

What kind of cylinder does a propane mower typically use?

The 33-pound cylinders typically used on lawn mowers are all standardized left-hand-thread attachments, meaning that the different types of propane mowers on the market can share the same tanks. Propane-powered commercial mowers typically hold one to two fuel cylinders for a combined fuel capacity of up to about 15 gallons.

What are some of the benefits of mowing with propane?

With propane-powered mowers, downtime is minimized. Propane’s high octane rating and low carbon and oil contamination may result in reduced maintenance costs and longer engine life. Additionally, better refueling practices can help maximize time on the jobsite. In many instances, the refueling of gasoline-fueled equipment requires crew members to travel to an off-site fueling station. This can equate to hundreds of hours of unproductive time, because it forces employees to make an extra stop. Based on a variety of factors, landscape contractors can expect up to 8 hours of performance on a single fueling. Plus, you can keep additional cylinders in their trucks for easy refueling on the jobsite, increasing productivity by reducing downtime. With propane, you have the flexibility to choose a system that best suits your operation. Regardless of the refueling option, your crew will spend more time mowing and less time refueling.

Source: Propane Education Research Council