PERC: Equipment dealers see propane as proven mower fuel

June 20, 2019 By    
Photo courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council

Photo courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council

Outdoor power equipment dealers find propane-powered commercial mowers more favorable than comparable electric mowers, a Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) survey says.

The survey shows electric mowers had 30 percent less favorability than propane mowers with the over 125 outdoor power equipment dealers survey participants. Additionally, 96 percent of respondents say propane is a proven technology for mowers.

“We know how important the relationship is between a landscape contractor and dealer, and how much influence dealers can have,” says Jeremy Wishart, director of off-road business development for PERC. “Knowing that dealers see propane as the proven alternative fuel for commercial mowers is encouraging as more contractors look for ways to distance themselves from the high emissions and price volatility of gasoline and diesel.”

Sixty two percent of respondents agree using propane reduces fuel costs for landscape contractors compared to gasoline and diesel, and 84 percent say propane usage reduced fuel loss. Additionally, 96 percent agree propane has low emissions that appeal to green-minded customers, and 94 percent of equipment dealers surveyed say propane mowers are safe for landscape professionals’ usage.

The Wiese Research Associates survey, conducted on behalf of PERC, was aimed at understating the perception of propane and propane equipment. Outdoor power equipment dealers can visit to learn more about propane mowers and their benefits to landscape professionals.

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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