Propane Mowers Cut Costs, as Atlanta Hosts Southeast Expo, Chicago Cubs

Lazer_Z_S-SeriesEFI-Propane_Outdoor2BSLooking forward to seeing you at a premier propane industry event, the NPGA Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo in Atlanta, where the Propane Education & Research Council will be showcasing mowers, propane-autogas vehicles and more great technology. Please stop by booth 309 at the show.

Weather reports say Atlanta will be in the 70s and rainy. Oh well, should be good grass growing weather. And a new study finds that landscape contractors should consider using commercial mowers fueled with propane.

In the study from PERC, landscape contractors report that propane fuel for their mowers cost them 39 percent less than gasoline, and about 60 percent less than diesel. Nine out of 10 of the firms said they would purchase a propane mower in the future, and 10 out of 10 would recommend a propane mower to a colleague.

10 out of 10. That’s like batting 1.000. That just may be what the Chicago Cubs will do against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Sorry Braves fans. At least the field will look nice.

About that study. It is preliminary and offers a limited sample, but these landscape firms chose a propane mower because of the fuel’s low cost, low maintenance, and its environmentally friendly aspect. Don’t forget, about 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies are produced right here in the U.S.

All these factoids and a lot more are available in PERC’s GallonGrowers Professional Landscape Toolkit. This free downloadable guide includes an overview of the market and its potential for propane sales, along with extensive collateral such as ads, case studies, and handouts that a marketer can use with prospects. The toolkit also offers tips on getting in the door with a client. Visit the Propane MaRC to download the Landscape Contractor Toolkit.



  1. Grasshopper fan · · Reply

    Diesel is a far better option then propane: MUCH safer to handle, easier to find in town, better cold starts, & very clean burning.

  2. Hmmm………..Diesel in our neighborhood in Chicago is over $4.00 per gallon. For the last 2 years our propane is under $2.00 per gallon. So, on a financial basis, Diesel is a terrible option. With the new tier 3 regulations, the cost of a diesel engine on a piece of lawn equipment is going to go even higher than it is now.

    My propane engines start perfectly even in below freezing weather, my propane engines are so clean burning that they are spec’d OSHA and EPA compliant to run indoors. Try that with a diesel engine indoors. And safety, come on, my propane engines on trucks and lawn equipment are a closed loop system. Diesel is dirty and messy on oil changes, filter changes, and leaks all over.

    Sorry, I am sticking to my propane engines.

    Propane Fan
    Eric Hansen

  3. Michael S · · Reply


    Considering that diesel burns fuel at about 0.75 gal/hr and propane burns around 2 gal/hr (PERC has said in the past you loose about 10% fuel economy with propane versus gasoline, and gasoline engines consume about 1.8 gal/hr), then at the prices you quote:

    Diesel per hour = $3.00
    Propane per hour = $4.00

    Yes, propane is cheaper per gallon, but you have to use more to get the same amount of work done, so it costs more in the long run on paper. And most diesel engines for mowers now are Tier 4 Final and prices have remained steady. And Tier 4 makes them super clean. When you look at CARB and EPA data, they are cleaner than propane (again, per hour of use, since that’s what really matters when you’re mowing).

    Have to agree with Grasshopper Fan on this one. Diesel’s the better option financially and environmentally.

  4. This argument can go on and on. When you match up the pros and cons you’ll find that propane has become very competitive in price with diesel and gasoline, And manufacturers are delivering more propane-fueled commercial mowers, with much greater horsepower. Propane also produces far fewer emissions, and in many places can be used on ozone action days. That makes for a very efficient fuel for landscape contractors.

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