Propane ZTR'S

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by GravelyGuy, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
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  2. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. lifetree

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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 !!
     
  4. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  5. dbear

    dbear LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
    Mythbusters Propane Tank
     
  6. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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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?
     
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ha, good way to think about it.

    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.
     
  8. mowerbrad

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  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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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...
     
  10. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
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    That guy in the background "yeeeaaahhh firrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre":laugh:
     

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