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Old 12-13-2011, 08:44 PM
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Lehr trimmers and blowers?

I was wondering if any of you guys were using the Lehr trimmers or blowers. I am wanting to start marketing my company as a green company and want to switch everything I can to either biodiesel or propane. I found the Lehr trimmers and blowers today but they tell me they are more marketed to homeowner use. I was planning on buying a blower and a trimmer to try out but didn't want to waste my time on junk.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:48 PM
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The ST025SS straight shaft trimmer doesn't look too bad.

As far as marketing as a green company, I don't think anybody you want to do business with cares and it's certainly not going to be in your best interest to charge more for it. Besides, those few who do care wouldn't expect you to be using power equipment regardless of how it's powered.

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Old 12-14-2011, 10:19 AM
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Besides, doesn't it make sense to use a domestic fuel?
No argument there.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:59 PM
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Companies get credits for going green. I see a potential market for this honestly.

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:57 PM
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I agree and I think that there is a market for a green company using environmentally clean equipment. I also think that since using propane will save me money on fuel and maintenance. I figure I could market my business as being green and if it helps earn a few more customers than that is a plus. I wouldn't charge any more than what I currently charge since it isn't costing me anymore money. I just think that more and more people are paying more attention to the environment and any way I can get a advantage is good to me.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:24 AM
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Fuel contamination has always been a big problem with gasoline powered equipment. With propane being sealed up in a cartridge, that takes care of that.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:03 AM
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Not only that but the EPA says that over 17 million gallons are SPILLED each year. That's more than the Exxon Valdez.

It's crazy...
When it comes to mowers and the like I'd like to think the majority of those spilling are home owners.

Looking at the Lehr I have two issues... The first are they really able to hold up to commercial use? I understand that propane is clean things like plugs and carbs will not foul up. As a whole how is the machine assembled? Can it take the being pulled off the rack a dozen times a day?

The next issue is the 1 pound canisters of fuel. For a landscape that cost might add up quicky and might not be the most effective.

For a home owner I think they would be the ticket. Not sure how viable they would be in a commercial application.

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I don't believe the Lehr is still being produced. It was bought by another company and will be refined and offerred again.

As for the one pounders, Manchester makes a refillable tank:

http://www.mantank.com/green/refillable.htm

Many things are in the works to make this more user-friendly.
Now a refillable tank would be beyond handy.

If they could control weight and make sure it is able to hold up to the use and abuse I am guessing they could be successful.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:12 AM
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Now a refillable tank would be beyond handy.
Guess you've never seen the little brass adaptor fitting that lets you fill the 1 gallon tank from a 20 gallon tank. Don't think the EPA condones it, but I hear it works.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:55 AM
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Not only that but the EPA says that over 17 million gallons are SPILLED each year. That's more than the Exxon Valdez.

It's crazy...
I would like to see where they get that number from. Regardless of the accuracy, a large part has to be attributed to vehicle accidents and other such events that do not directly involve user sloppiness. A couple of years ago I was filling my truck at a gas station and the nozzle wouldn't shut off spilling around five gallons on the ground until I could hit the emergency off button. I had to call the cops because they insisted on my paying for the fuel on the ground.
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