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Has anyone used propane ZTRs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blue ridge lawn care, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. blue ridge lawn care

    blue ridge lawn care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I keep seeing magazine articles on propane powered mowers. Ferris and Dixie Chopper have them, plus there are smaller companies and conversions. The concept sounds good, but I'm wondering how it works in real life? Any experiences? Opinions?
  2. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 857

    Good luck finding a mech to work on em. Seems like a good idea, but Im not the one who buys something when its new......I like to wait a year or so and let them work out the bugs.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    I think most of the things are worked out except how to keep the tanks full. Local shop installs the kit and services them and has done so for 4 years. A lot of them running all brands. They had a 21" Honda set to go yesterday. Local dealer sells propane at low price but still has no delivery ....that will come with time. All the resturants in our town get propane delivered in small containesrs He is converting a bunch of trucks on one of the bigger lawn companies.
  4. LawnMowerKing10

    LawnMowerKing10 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 831

    Scag has a propane mower
  5. Dodge2

    Dodge2 LawnSite Member
    from ottawa
    Posts: 134

    I heard that the engines are almost the same, and the only difference is the way the fuel is delivered. I also know that propane is a cleaner buring fuel so that should mean that there will be less "gunk" inside the engine. They also seem to last longer too. The main thing I would be worried about is the fuel delivery system, and having a full propane can in the trailer with it all the time just in case you run out of fuel while on the job.
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    I saw one on a hustler ztr on a right of way in dallas. the company that is using them is one of the biggest in dallas, if not the biggest. there has to be some reason why they are using them. propane is typically 3x the price of natural gas, don't know how it compares to gasoline though.
  7. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,139

  8. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I actually contemplated purchasing a propane unit this year but opted out and will instead go with a regular gas model. I liked the fact that it was "green" for those customers that are concerned with the environment. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it would be more of a pain than anything else. There aren't too many places around hear that sell propane, the the couple that do are all at one end of town, so if I have to refill at the other end of town I would have to drive well out of my route.
  10. pikewillis1

    pikewillis1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    Hey Blue Ridge,

    I am a dealer for Enviroguard propane mowers here in Manassas Virginia. Here are some advantage of running propane:
    Pros for running propane mowers

    1. they burn 80-90% cleaner than gas
    2. the propane mowers we sell are 10% more effecient than gas
    3. the mowers burn cleaner so the maintenance should be cut in half
    4. there is good evidence that these engines will last longer due to propane running cleaner
    5. Federal and state tax incentives where applicable
    6. Propane is made in America. If you gotta pay for fuel pay American workers
    7. When gas was 4.00 a gallon here in D.C propane was 2.10

    We have partnered with AmeriGas and they will set up a propane cage at your office and will come there weekly or more to refill the empty cannisters.

    We have machines in stock at the office if you want to demo and if you want to talk with local landscapers who run these mowers we can set that up too.

    Call me or email me if you want to learn more.

    Trey Willis
    703 919 5291

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