Lawn Equipment F.A.Q.s
Q: Why propane?
A: Propane autogas and mower fuel is:
- Less expensive than gasoline or diesel fuel
- More efficient to maintain due to the cleaner burning fuel
- Easier to use/safer to purchase and store
- Cleaner than mixing gas and oil
- Easier to transport and store
- Readily available
- Causes zero evaporative emissions and ozone depleting hydrocarbons
- Non-toxic to ground water and soil
- Domestic; more than 85% of propane used in U.S. is produced domestically.
Q: Is there a loss of performance on propane mowers?
A: Propane-fueled mowers match the power, performance, and fuel economy of gasoline-fueled mowers.
Q: How are propane vehicles different today as opposed to the 1970s and 1980s?
A: As with most technologies, there have been significant improvements in propane-powered vehicles. The biggest difference is that today’s dedicated systems utilize the direct fuel injection of liquid propane instead of the old carburetor-based systems, eliminating the problems the older-generation of vehicles faced.
Q: Where can I have my mowers converted to run on propane?
A: There are several options when it comes to converting your mower to propane. If your mower engine is in good condition, a local dealer, small engine shop, or small engine mechanic can help handle the conversion. You can in many cases perform the conversion yourself as well. To learnmore about converting, please contact us for more information.
Q: How do I fuel my propane-powered mower?
A: Ferrellgas will work with you to provide an acceptable refueling option that best fits your needs. We offer tank exchange as well as possible on-site refueling options that will keep your business on the move.
Q: What type of training is needed in order to handle the propane cylinders?
A: At Ferrellgas, Safety is our top priority. We will properly train anyone who handles propane according to their application.
Q: What type of cylinders do the mowers use?
A: We use special cylinders designed specifically for propane-powered mowers. They come in 5-, 8-, or 10-gallon capacities. Each cylinder is equipped with a liquid prevention device and an overfill prevention device. These devices ensure the safety of those operating the mowers as well the environment.
Q: What manufacturers offer propane-powered mowers?
A: Bob-Cat, Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Envirogard, Exmark, Ferris Industries, Gravely, Husqvarna, Kubota, Lehr, R&R Products, Scag, Snapper Pro, Toro, and Zipper.
Q: Can I keep propane-powered mowers in a garage?
A: Yes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 58 establishes the rules on this and provided that they are properly converted there are no concerns with garaging propane vehicles.
Q: Where can I find information regarding rebates for purchasing propane-powered mowers?
A: For landscape contractors, fuel costs play a huge role in profitability. With the Propane Mower Incentive Program, qualifying participants will receive $1,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion to help the industry document the cost savings and benefits that propane-fueled mowers can deliver. In return, you'll provide feedback and performance data for one mowing season. Visit www.autogasusa.org/mower-incentive/ to learn about incentive programs for propane-powered mowers.