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Propane mower for 5acres and a fairly long 20 deg slope

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by Averagejoe55, May 14, 2010.

  1. Averagejoe55

    Averagejoe55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I have know of a program that offers a demo reimbursement for running a propane mower. Per the program the mower must be "Propane‐fueled mowers with 60” or larger cutting width"

    This is a program offered by Propane Education & Reseach Council to get farmers to demonstrate farm equipment efficiency.

    My question is, does anyone have experience with any propane mower. They offer a listing of manufactures. Just not sure about many of them. Here is a list they had available. I know there are more.

    Manufacturer Model
    Bad Boy Mowers 6,000 Propane
    Dixie Chopper Propane 360LP, 3072LP
    EnviroGard Front‐Cut Mower, 61’ Industrial Mid Cut
    eXmark Next Lazer Z AS, Turf Tracer
    Ferris Industries IS® 3100ZP
    Zipper Mowers Front Mount STS‐28 LP, Mid‐Mount VR‐31‐50 LP, VR‐31‐60 LP

    Anything on the list that is commercial grade, great cut quality and good on some slope?

    Thank you,
  2. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Go with the exmar.
  3. albhb3

    albhb3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    just remember propane is dry unlike a gas or diesel motor this inturn makes it very hard on valves because on improper lubrication.
  4. Averagejoe55

    Averagejoe55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    How are any of these on the long slope, which I consider fairly steep although not roll over steep. I am concerned about loosing traction and sliding down a hill or not holding the front end up properly.

    I like the concept of the newer Cub Cadet tank with the steering wheel that is connected to the front swivel wheels.

    Is this something to be concerned about? I don't know as I have never driven one.
  5. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I would get either the Exmark or Ferris !! On the 20" slope I would use a WB, not a ZTR.
  6. Averagejoe55

    Averagejoe55 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    What is a WB?
  7. bentleytn

    bentleytn LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 14

    I just bought an enviroguard z42. I only have two hours on it so I'm not an expert. Runs great but longevity remains to be seen. Just so you know enviroguard is an encore mower. Enviroguard buys the motors and chasis from Encore then adds their converstion. So if you like Encore you'll probably like enviroguard. you might want to talk to McCoy's Lawn Equipment in tx, they do a lot of conversions and can speak to the reliability, I spoke with them prior to purchasing.
  8. B Gillespie

    B Gillespie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Scag offers a dual fuel turf tiger. I'm not sure about the added weight vs. COG changes from the propane tanks, but my turf tiger was very stable on slopes.
  9. OutdoorPowerMan

    OutdoorPowerMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Zipper's front cut unit has outstanding performance on slopes up to the maximum rate allowed to be quoted by ANSI (35 degrees), although I have run it on steeper slopes.

    The propane conversion unit from Envirogard is actually the same parent company as Zipper Mowers.

    The Zipper unit has just announced a 5 year commercial warranty as well...

    As for Propane being harder on the valve train... That is decidedly false. Propane is actually much better on the valve train because there is no carbon build up. It also results in a longer time between oil changes because the gasoline isn't breaking down the oil and destroying lubricity.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,283

    In our market propane is going on everykind of mower made. We have two on a Turf Tiger 61 with a briggs and a Sentar with a kawa. The first thing I noticed on the sentar is the oil is staying clear a lot longer than our gas unit on same size motor.

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