WASHINGTON (October 28, 2010) — A wide variety of commercial lawn mowers that run on clean-burning propane are available now from more than a dozen industry-leading manufacturers, with many on display at the 2010 Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), starting today in Louisville, Ky.
Propane mowers are supported by an existing nationwide refueling infrastructure and incentives that make those mowers a cost-effective and affordable business purchase. Mower operators can cut their greenhouse gas emissions in half and reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 80 percent by switching from gasoline to propane. They can also avoid the toxic gasoline spills that can occur during refueling.
GIE+EXPO attendees can learn about propane-fueled equipment through a series of manufacturer-led seminars in the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) Propane Pavilion in Booth 11198. Representatives from Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, EnviroGard, Exmark, Ferris Industries, Husqvarna, and Scag Power Equipment will present seminars, as will the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and Downers Grove, Ill.-based contractor Competitive Lawn Service. Equipment from Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, Schiller Grounds Care/Bob-Cat, and Snapper Pro will be displayed in the booth.
"Propane-fueled commercial mowers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50 percent compared with gasoline-fueled mowers, and they are safer to use during pollution advisory periods," said PERC Vice President Brian Feehan. "Commercial lawn and landscape company operators can take immediate advantage of that benefit, since more than 29 models are available from top name brands. An effective propane refueling infrastructure is in place, with refueling stations located in each state, and fuel delivery programs are available from most propane providers."
Propane-fueled commercial mower manufacturers exhibiting at GIE+EXPO include Ariens/Gravely (Booth 7120), Bad Boy (5140), Cub Cadet (5116), Dixie Chopper (7214), Exmark (7094), Ferris Industries (5054), Husqvarna (9094), Scag Power Equipment (7060), Schiller Grounds Care/Bob-Cat (3058), and Snapper Pro (5054). Exhibitors also include Briggs & Stratton (7104) and Kawasaki (Booth 1064), makers of propane-specific engines for some mower models.
Along with federal incentive programs designed to encourage the use of propane-fueled vehicles, PERC's state partnership program offers matching dollars toward the purchase of mowers, vehicles, and conversion systems certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Programs exist today to help introduce this new technology into the market," Feehan said. "And propane mowers can save companies money because of competitive fuel pricing, the virtual elimination of fuel spillage and leakage common with gasoline, and convenient propane fuel delivery that eliminates the need to travel to an off-site location for refueling."
Propane-fueled commercial mowers use propane cylinders of varying capacities, and many propane providers offer cylinder exchange programs that typically include on-site storage installation. For larger volumes, a no-spill dispenser can be installed on site and used to refuel mowers and propane-fueled work trucks.
For more information about propane-fueled commercial lawn mowers and work trucks, and for a schedule of seminars being held in the PERC Propane Pavilion at GIE+EXPO, visit Booth 11198 or www.poweredbypropane.org/gie-expo.