Navigating propane conversions

January 9, 2015 -  By

Your ears are perked to a propane conversion, so now what? Refer to this walk-through on how to go about transitioning your fleet.

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Propane points of view

“Ultimately, the decision to convert comes down to the willingness of the operator to try something other than the status quo, but it’s hard to ignore an opportunity that can lower fuel costs by 30 percent while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by more than 40 percent.”
—Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development for PERC

“I see no downside in switching to propane. It’s cheaper. It’s cleaner. Your mowers are going to run longer. There’s no byproduct of combustion. The only downside is you have to retrain your people to mow farther away from your truck and end near the truck (because full tanks of propane are heavy to haul across a lawn).”
—Steve Ferguson, owner of U.S. Lawns, Hampton Roads, Va.

Sources: Steve Ferguson, owner of U.S. Lawns, Hampton Roads, Va.; Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development for PERC; Exmark white paper, “Transitioning mower fleets to propane.”

About the Author:

Former Associate Editor Sarah Pfledderer is a West Coast-based contributing editor for Landscape Management.

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