Dealers see propane as proven alternative fuel for commercial mowers: PERC study

Results of PERC survey shows that dealers understand the benefits of propane compared to other fuels

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Outdoor power equipment dealers find propane-powered commercial mowers more favorable than comparable electric mowers, according to a recent survey conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council.

Among the more than 125 individuals who participated in the survey, electric mowers had 30 percent less favorability than propane mowers.

The survey found that 96 percent of respondents also agreed that propane is a proven technology for mowers.

“We know how important the relationship is between a landscape contractor and dealer, and how much influence dealers can have,” said Jeremy Wishart, PERC’s director of off-road business development. “Knowing that dealers see propane as the proven alternative fuel for commercial mowers is encouraging as more contractors look for ways to distance themselves from the high emissions and price volatility of gasoline and diesel.”

The survey showed that 62 percent of respondents agree that using propane reduces fuel costs for landscape contractors compared to gasoline and diesel, and 84 percent of respondents agree that using propane reduces fuel loss.

An independent research firm, Wiese Research Associates, conducted the survey on behalf of the Propane Education & Research Council to help get an idea of industry perceptions of propane and propane equipment.

Additional data from the survey showed 94 percent of equipment dealers who responded agree that propane mowers are safe for landscape professionals to use.

The survey also found that 96 percent agreed that propane has low emissions that appeal to green-minded customers.

Dealers ready to learn more about how propane mowers can help their customers reduce costs and emissions can find more information at