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Old 01-04-2011, 07:49 PM
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Propane ZTR'S

I just ordered a propane heater for my JD Gator and it got me thinking.

How safe do you feel sitting in between two tanks of propane on a mower?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFPedGsqtrs
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:53 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW_K3...eature=related

I know those are incendiary rounds, but still the tanks are awfully exposed on those mowers and anything could cause a spark.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:03 PM
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That was an awesome "experiment" with the propane tank, however, an operator is sitting between regular gasoline tanks also with the same type of concern / exposure to being burned if something untoward happens !!
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:34 PM
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Is it different then people that operate forklifts? I used to run a forklift and one time another operator backed right into something and punctured the tank. No explosion though. Cool video anyway. I agree with Lifetree dont think its anymore dangerous then the gas tanks.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:28 AM
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Myhtbusters tested this and found without the introduction of an external spark at the same time, the tanks will not explode when merely punctured.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:58 AM
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They are safe and clean. Proven for years and years in other settings.

Just for fun (in thought only), would you rather grill with a gasoline tank under your hot grill?
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:54 AM
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They are safe and clean. Proven for years and years in other settings.

Just for fun (in thought only), would you rather grill with a gasoline tank under your hot grill?
Ha, good way to think about it.

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Myhtbusters tested this and found without the introduction of an external spark at the same time, the tanks will not explode when merely punctured.
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What if you slide down a hill (very common with ZTRS, especially if they have huge cylinders mounted up high raising the center of gravity) and there is a brick wall at the bottom? Smash, spark, BOOM.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:04 PM
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5 gallon gas can + a spark via det cord = bigger BOOM!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C72bv2YhZ6A

And most commercial ztr's carry 10+/- gallons on board. Yet we still feel "safe". When you think about it, these things are death traps just waiting for the one right spark to set them off.

Or this one works too... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C72bv2YhZ6A
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:11 PM
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actually the tanks are usually aluminum. so no spark...

and I'd venture to say it woudl take a lot to puncture a propane tank...

a cut hose would be my first fear. but thats no more fearful than gasoline....

the big fear with propane is that we can't see it and its under pressure.....Gasoline is more explosive than propane...

how many RV's have you seen driving down the road bursting into flames...
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:13 PM
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5 gallon gas can + a spark via det cord = bigger BOOM!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C72bv2YhZ6A

And most commercial ztr's carry 10+/- gallons on board. Yet we still feel "safe". When you think about it, these things are death traps just waiting for the one right spark to set them off.

Or this one works too... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C72bv2YhZ6A
That guy in the background "yeeeaaahhh firrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre"
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