View Full Version : Astonishing Mower Emission Facts in Honor of Earth Day!

04-22-2011, 05:34 PM
In honor of Earth day, I thought it would be appropiate to tell everyone how much in emissions we create by doing our jobs. The purpose isn't to bash our industry, just to bring awareness so we are always thinking about it.

This is the site where I got most of my facts from: http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/faq-environment.htm

1. Gasoline mowers represent 5% of the nations air polution

2. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.


3. One hour of mowing is the equivalent of driving 350 miles in terms of volatile organic compounds.

4. One gas mower spews 87 lbs. of the greenhouse gas CO2, and 54 lbs. of other pollutants into the air every year.

5. One gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists

6. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), an hour of weed whacking is the emissions equivalent of driving 834 miles in a modern automobile!

7. The EPA states that 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. That's more than all the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez, in the Gulf of Alaska.

Sounds pretty bad doesn't it! I like to think that landscapers are helping the environment because we can probably do a property more efficiently with less engine run time than the homeowner could! What do you guys think?

04-22-2011, 05:46 PM
Mods erase this before someone like Al Gore reads this ;-)

04-22-2011, 06:45 PM
yep, and Al gore Says there is global warming.

i can put a bunch of #'s out there to make my theory look good to, but it hay not always be true

Believe 1/2 of what you see and none of what you hear.

04-22-2011, 06:52 PM
I don't know how these are not believable. They are from VERY credible sources. Plus, Weed Whackers DO produce a lot of emissions.

04-22-2011, 07:51 PM
The day I will accept a valid comparison between a car and a lawnmower is the day my car cuts grass.

04-22-2011, 07:58 PM
The only reason why is because there are no cats on mowers. Street bikes have them now.

04-22-2011, 08:44 PM
This is why propane mower is getting some stimulas money from the state. They still won't pay anythign on upgrading an old one but will pay for
new one.

04-22-2011, 08:52 PM
This is why propane mower is getting some stimulas money from the state. They still won't pay anythign on upgrading an old one but will pay for
new one.

I'm waiting for propane string trimmers to become more readily available and cheaper! There is one company that makes them but they aren't a brand name: http://www.golehr.com/

04-22-2011, 08:58 PM
I'd hate to see what my old 2 cycle Lawnboy's are doing to the enviroment :-)
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