Propane Autogas Lawn Mowers and Equipment

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Presented by David Rigney, AmeriGas/MetroLawn, on February 6, 2013, for the Clean Cities Winter Webinar about Propane Vehicles, Mowers, and Dispensers.

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Propane Autogas Lawn Mowers and Equipment

  1. 1. Why AmeriGas?
  2. 2. The Future is Before Us
  3. 3. Why Propane?• Approved as an Alternative Fuel• 3rd Most Commonly Used Engine Fuel• Higher Octane Rating• 70 – 80% Less Toxins• 70% Less Carbon Output
  4. 4. Propane90% Domestically Produced Around 90% of propane autogas is produced here in the U.S., reducing our dependence on foreign oil and increasing American energy security
  5. 5. Abundance in US
  6. 6. Lawn Care PollutionThe federal Environmental Protection Agencyestimates there are over 90 million pieces of lawnand garden equipment in the United States withengines rated at 25 HP or less.Garden Equipment engines emit high levels ofcarbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds andnitrogen oxides, producing up to 10% of theNATION’S air pollution
  7. 7. When Compared to Reformulated Gasoline, Propane Produces• 60 - 80% reduction in toxic emissions • 60% less smog forming emissions
  8. 8. A Typical 3.5 HP Gas Mower• Can emit the same amount of VOC’s in an hour as a new car driven 340 miles. A recent California Air Resource Board report shows lawn mowers statewide emit 8.28 tons of VOCs per day.• Lawn equipment users inadvertently add to the problem by spilling 17 MILLION gallons of fuel each year while refilling their equipment ----- MORE THAN SPILLED BY THE EXXON VALDEZ!
  9. 9. Emissions
  10. 10. Metro Lawn Conversion Training
  11. 11. Economics of Propane Mowers• Fuel Savings 15 – 20%• Less Maintenance 10%• Fuel Pilferage Savings 10% and spillage• Total Savings 35 – 40%
  12. 12. Propane Mower Incentives LandscaperFor landscape contractors, fuel costs play a huge role inprofitability. With the Propane Mower IncentiveProgram, well give you $1,000 per qualifying newmower purchase or $500 per qualifying mowerconversion (up to twenty-five incentives) to help usdocument the cost savings and benefits that propane-fueled mowers can deliver. In return, youll providefeedback and performance data for one mowingseason. http://www.autogasusa.org/mower-incentive
  13. 13. Propane Mower Incentives DealerWith the Dealer Propane Mower Incentive Program,well give you $1,000 per qualifying new Demo mowerpurchase or $500 per qualifying Demo mowerconversion (up to two incentives) to help us promotethe benefits that propane-fueled mowers can deliver.
  14. 14. OEM Propane MowersApplicants can combine mower incentivesfrom the program with any qualifying statepropane gas association rebates ormanufacturer rebates. Major manufacturersoffering new propane-fueled mowers includeAriens/Gravely, Bobcat, Briggs and Stratton(including Snapper Pro and Ferris brands), CubCadet, Dixie Chopper, Exmark, Husqvarna,Kubota, Scag, Toro and Zipper.
  15. 15. Consider Before Committing to a Conversion Is the mower still under warranty, will the propane conversion void manufacturer’s warranty?Kawasaki endorses and warrants all their engines on propane; however themanufacturer of the mower or product may choose not to support such warranty.All manufacturers and Dealers view propane conversions differently. Heritage doesnot assume warranties in behalf of manufacturer. How old is the mower or how many hours are on the engine?Propane conversions will not resurrect an old wore out engine. When evaluatingmowers or engines with over 300 hours, it is advisable to do a leak down test andcompression test to insure the engine is still in good condition. Heritage does notassume any warranties on conversions. Who will be doing the conversions?Most large landscapers will have mechanics that repair equipment, others useparticular Dealers. Safety and Technical Training is required to properly installconversion kits. No training is offered until all proper documentations are signed.
  16. 16. Consider Before Committing to a Conversion Mounting of Cylinders• Depending on size and configuration of mower, determination of where best to mount cylinders is essential. If you can’t see mower in person, please ask for at least 4 photos. One from each side and front-back.• Always consider the balance of the mower is not compromised.• Brackets will need to be fabricated to mount cylinders too. A metal fabrication shop is best suited for this but will need information about the particular mower being converted. Responsibility• All companies are responsible for any requirements in their particular area. No warranties are implied by AmeriGas. Warranties only pertain to manufacturers who offer such. We can not do Diesel or Fuel injected at this time.
  17. 17. Metro Lawn Programs Landscapers Cylinder Exchange Program: Smart propane pricing/ Cylinder Exchange Service/ Vapor or Liquid with Cages 1 year agreement Dispenser Set Up/Cylinders/Cages: Choice propane pricing/ Dispenser set-up/Cylinders/Vapor or Liquid with Cages 3 year agreement Purchasing Conversion Kits:Commercial propane pricing/ Best price on conversion kits & components/ In house conversion training with your Service Tech(s)/continued support/ Cylinder Exchange Service or Dispenser set-up Minimum 3 mowers & 4 year agreement ROI Program: Propane pricing with cost of conversion kits built in propane price/In house conversion training with your Service Tech(s)/continued support/Cylinder Exchange Service or Dispenser set up Minimum 5 mowers & 5 year agreement
  18. 18. Metro Lawn Programs Dealers Dealer Training:Safety & Technical training on conversions for Service Techs/Conversion Kits & Components at best prices/Continued Safety & Technical Support/Sales Training/Sales Literature/Support on Sales Calls 1 Demo OEM or Converted Mower / Minimum 1 mower to convert / 5 year agreement Dealer Training / Fuel Program:Safety & Technical training on conversions for Service Techs/ Conversion Kits & Components at best prices/Continued Safety & Technical Support/Sales Training/Sales Literature/Support on Sales Calls /Commercial Fuel Pricing for resale/Cylinder Exchange Service or Dispenser set up 1 Demo OEM or Converted Mower / Minimum 1 mower to convert / 5 year agreement
  19. 19. Metro Lawn Programs Municipals / Schools Cylinder Exchange Program: Smart propane pricing/ Cylinder Exchange Service/ Vapor or Liquid with Cages 1 year agreement Dispenser Set Up/Cylinders/Cages: Choice propane pricing/ Dispenser set-up/Cylinders/Vapor or Liquid with Cages 3 year agreement Purchasing Conversion Kits:Commercial propane pricing/ Best price on conversion kits & components/ In house conversion training with your Service Tech(s)/continued support/ Cylinder Exchange Service or Dispenser set-up Minimum 3 mowers & 4 year agreement ROI Program: Propane pricing with cost of conversion kits built in propane price/In house conversion training with your Service Tech(s)/continued support/Cylinder Exchange Service or Dispenser set up Minimum 5 mowers & 5 year agreement
  20. 20. Metro Lawn Fuel Calculator
  21. 21. Metro Lawn Tank Monitor Program

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