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iforgotmybackpack
01-22-2013, 02:35 PM
So I'm in the market for a new 60 inch rider and I'm almost positive I'm sticking with Exmark but I keep getting all these emails promoting the $1000 insensitive to buy a propane mower. Anyone taken up on this offer? Happy with the propane as opposed to gas? My biggest concern is the time it will take to bring the mower to a propane filling station where with gas you can fill the mowers up while you're refueling the truck. And most of the time a gas station is closer than a propane station for the times where you just need equipment fuel. I'm open to propane but not sold on it yet. I appreciate any opinions I can hear on this.
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metro36
01-22-2013, 04:22 PM
The machine uses a 43.5lb cylinder which is a standard forklift tank. You could just get a few spare tanks and then swap them out throughout the week. Then you would only have to go to the propane supplier once a week. You wouldnt need to bring the whole machine with you. Just the tanks.

Landrus2
01-22-2013, 04:27 PM
Don't you need Hazardous material endorsement. To carry that:waving:

metro36
01-22-2013, 05:16 PM
Don't you need Hazardous material endorsement. To carry that:waving:

I believe you have to have over a certian quanity (1000lbs) to need a hazmat endorsement. One tank on the machine and a spare should be ok.

iforgotmybackpack
01-22-2013, 05:22 PM
Whats the perk to them besides the $1000 rebate? Is it more efficient? Motors last longer?
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Landrus2
01-22-2013, 05:25 PM
Whats the perk to them besides the $1000 rebate? Is it more efficient? Motors last longer?
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I thought those were good for in door use :waving:

ed2hess
01-22-2013, 06:29 PM
We are running two machines one being TT. I get enough propane for a week, got 6 tanks. It has been cheaper for awhile....$1.47gal. Hope it extend engine life, oil is definitely cleaner. The TT runs about 6 hrs on one tank.

knox gsl
01-22-2013, 06:59 PM
Whats the perk to them besides the $1000 rebate? Is it more efficient? Motors last longer?
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Fuel cost is lower, easier on engines, tree huger approved, harder for employees to steal fuel, and government rebates.

The down sides are that you can't fill up at a gas station, and propane is about 80% as efficient as gasoline.

Kelly's Landscaping
01-22-2013, 10:38 PM
Seems my part of the world lost on this. I did some research the other night and the price of propane differs wildly from place to place. The prices I was seeing here was around 2.60 a gal to 2.80 a gal and of course exmark states you use 1.36 gallons of propane for every gallon of gas. So at those numbers its not worth it for us. Now Hess's numbers would make economic sense. Instead were looking into getting some new mowers with EFI motors and the Lazer X models have a GOV on them that regulates the rpms and increases and decreases as needed. The exmark post stated as good as 41% fuel savings so I figure 30% is a safe bet and I think I am going to pull the trigger.