Lehr trimmers and blowers?

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by dutchacres, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. dutchacres

    dutchacres LawnSite Senior Member
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    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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  2. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  3. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    No argument there.
     
  4. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Companies get credits for going green. I see a potential market for this honestly.

    Doug
     
  5. dutchacres

    dutchacres LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  6. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    the EPA are ******s
     
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.

    Any thoughts?
     
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    The cannister thing is an issue as well as the overall weight of the machines is heavy.
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  10. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    I concur. I think they try to mitigate that by offering a shoulder strap.
     

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