Surviving Gas Prices with Propane
As springtime is here, the grass starts growing, and so do gas prices. Thankfully local lawncare and landscaping company, Turf Managers, is able to survive and thrive by converting mowers to run on propane. To date, the company has converted 5 of their 12 mowers to propane, as they are phasing out all gas powered mowers and looking at the possibility of propane fleet vehicles in the not so distant future.
There are numerous benefits to the company making the investment in propane mowers, which typically cost around $1200 per mower to convert.
- Generally speaking, propane is about 60% of the cost of gasoline.
- The company also saves money by not having to purchase fuel filters.
- They are able to double the oil life, so they only have to change oil and filter half as often.
- Propane mowers are much safer for their employees, with fuel tanks that are made of metal, as opposed to plastic, and are very puncture tolerant.
“With our fleet of 16 company vehicles, 12 mowers and so much other equipment such as string trimmers, blowers, and more, the rising gas prices can easily take a pretty substantial toll on our business,” says Nathan Brandon, co-owner of locally owned Turf Managers, LLC. “The investment of propane mowers was a proactive measure we could take to decrease the blow to our bottom line, be more environmentally conscientious and still be able to provide excellent service at reasonable rates for our customers.”
In addition to lower fuel costs, other benefits to using propane are it is domestically produced and reduces emissions. 90% of our nation’s propane is produced here in the U.S., which helps reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. It is the most widely used alternative engine fuel in the world today, and can significantly reduce petroleum use and emissions compared with gasoline and diesel fueled mowers. Because it is a clean-burning fuel, it substantially reduces greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions.