GoPro Video Offers First-Hand Footage of Mower Operations

(August 5, 2019) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a new online video featuring footage captured by GoPro cameras positioned from the equipment operator’s point of view. The video shows what it’s really like to use a propane commercial mower. To view the video and see new resources for municipalities considering a shift to propane equipment, visit http://bit.ly/2yUwXWD.
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“We were looking for a fun way to show equipment fleet managers, department directors, and professional landscapers what it’s really like to operate with propane,” said Jeremy Wishart, PERC director of off-road business development. “These first-hand accounts are really incredible and we hope the video can serve as a virtual demonstration to those who might be considering a move to commercial propane mowers.”

The video includes candid interviews with operators and supervisors from the city of Lake Charles, La. and the Miami-Dade County, Fla. Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces (PROS) department to let viewers hear directly from mower fleets succeeding with propane. Public agencies and grounds maintenance departments of all kinds are turning to propane equipment for the fuel’s many benefits, including lower fuel costs and reduced emissions—both important facets of any municipal operation.

The city of Lake Charles, for example, wanted a way to improve local air quality by reducing emissions. The city saved more than $5500 on fuel and maintenance with 16 propane mowers during 2015. By 2016, the city reported that by using propane equipment it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 23,704 pounds. Lake Charles now uses 21 commercial mowers.

Miami-Dade County’s PROS department needed an equipment solution that could meet the needs of southeast Florida’s year-round cutting season. Because the fuel showed considerable efficiencies in the field and cost reductions, PROS now runs 32 commercial propane mowers, 95% of the fleet. With propane mowers, crews can get mowing done faster and move on to other aspects of the county’s landscape duties.